The Proof Is In The Training

Humans are taught to be afraid of rattlesnakes.  We see a rattlesnake coiled up or hear that distinctive rattle and we avoid the area.  Dogs are not naturally afraid of rattlesnakes.  Each year over 100,00 dogs get bitten by rattlesnakes.  If the dog is a large may survive if bitten on its snout or leg.  If it is bitten on its body or if the dog is a small breed, the chances of survival are not good.
Like most of West Texas, we have rattlesnakes at the Double S Ranch. Training dogs to avoid being bitten is one of the best preventive measures that you can take for the survival of your ranch dog. Shortly after we bought the ranch we put our chocolate lab, Bluebonnet, through "snake proof" training in Granbury, TX.  To snake proof a dog the trainer fits your dog with a "shock" collar and walks the dog on a leash near a rattlesnake. Interesting enough, in Bluebonnet's snake proofing class the rattlesnake had it's mouth sewn tightly shut. In some snake proofing classes the snake is fitted with a muzzle. Once the dog gets the scent and sees the rattlesnake the trainer "shocks" the dog.   This is repeated until the dog refuses to go near the rattlesnake.  The dogs associate being shocked with the scent and vision of the rattlesnake. It only took a couple of encounters with the snake before Blue was trained.  Bluebonnet now avoids rattlesnakes, actually she avoids all snakes.  When we (Bluebonnet and I) are walking the ranch and she turns away from an do I.
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