K9-Rattlesnake Aversion Training in Escondido

  • May 3, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Rattlesnakes are a big problem here in California for dog owners. If you hike with your dog or live in a rural area, or near a canyon in a more developed part of town, there's a good chance that you and your dogs will have a run-in at some point.

With temps as warm as they've been we are going to have an active rattlesnake season.  See the following news story:  http://www.cbs8.com/category/155799/video-landing-page?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9851666#.UwOW8qV6MRw.gmail

Natural Solutions is offering Venomous Snake Avoidance Training which will teach the dogs the vital importance of recognizing the different sensory cues put off by the venomous rattlesnakes of California. More specifically, the individual species of rattlesnakes found here in our own backyards (6 species are found in Southern California, and 8 throughout California).

Here's a breakdown on what to expect during the training:

Step 1. Juvenile rattlesnake: small, unassuming, most often investigated by dogs and responsible for many of the bite to dogs
Step 2. The rattlesnake shed skin for scent recognition
Step 3. The fake rock tucked into the landscape with snake that will rattle from inside when it sees the dog for sound recognition
Step 4. The adult rattlesnake, typically quiet in dog's path back to owner...we try to set up the dog to stumble across this one for additional startle response and learning.

The trainers from Natural Solutions are professional animal trainers and reptile wranglers with over fifteen years experience training animals.  They will personally train every dog to recognize and avoid the sight, sound, and smells of the specific rattlesnakes in our region. Their experience allows both the dogs and the rattlesnakes to be humanely treated during the training process. Each dog should take about 10-15 minutes for training.

Puppies as young as 4-5 months up to elderly dogs will benefit from this training. Here in San Diego, if a dog is likely to be out and about, it is likely to encounter a rattlesnake at some point in it's life. It is at this time when this training shows its merit and importance. As more and more development displaces natural habitat, the rodents and the snakes that eat them, are forced to share the same area with humans and their beloved pets, and many casualties happen at or near home.

Protect your loved ones and have them snake trained by a professional!

This training will be held on Saturday, May 3th between 9:00 am - 4:00pm at a private residence in Escondido. We are looking to put 60-80 dogs through this training, with 4-5 dogs every half hour (last year we put 100 dogs through).  I have access to the backyard for training, but DO NOT have access into the house, so there will be NO BATHROOMS available!  Dogs MUST be on leash at all times in the property.

When responding to this training, please specify what time you would prefer. There is a training fee of $70 per dog.  And a portion of the fee will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Last year, as I result of this training, I was able to make a donation of almost $3000 towards cancer research.  Not only will this training save your dog's life, but it's also for a great cause!


Take I-15 (north or south)  to West Bernardo Dr/Pomerado Rd.  Turn right (east) at the end of the off ramp. Turn Left at Highland Valley Road (Within 1/2 mile of the freeway there is a sign pointing towards Highland Valley Road).  Travel on Highland Valley for approx. 5 windy miles. Turn Left on Paseo Penasco.

The house is the first driveway on the right.  It is also the only drive way on the right.  If you get to the iron gate, you have gone to far.  Look to the right and you will see a white wood fence.  That's where we'll be!

Ranch Rules:

The dogs must be on leash at all times.

Please pick up after your dog.

DO NOT Drive on the agility Field, just on the marked areas.  Most of the driveway will be one way for the Clinic and clearly marked.

Park on the driveway which is on Paseo Penasco, NOT on Highland Valley Road

Please email me for scheduling:  [masked]

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  • Lori R.

    Class was great, everything was explained well for us. The dogs did what they were supposed to. The only issue was the weather--it was really hot!

    1 · May 3, 2014

    • Lori R.

      Mirelle we had a four ft. rattler mon. am outside our door and our four dogs were harassing it, but none came closer than four to five feet to it. No bites! So hoping they recalled the training and it kept them back.

      1 · May 5, 2014

    • Mirelle

      Good to hear! If you think they still didn't get it let me know and we'll do it again in Vista no charge.

      1 · May 5, 2014

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