Rattlesnake Avoidance Training

  • March 10, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Saturday is open on a walk-in basis, hosted by the Golden Retriever Meetup. Email me for details.

The price for the training this year will be $70 per dog, cash or check payable to Natural Solutions (if you are training multiple dogs, talk to Erick on the day of the training--he may give you a discount; it's not up to me). Payment is made the day of the training.

If you decide you cannot make it (or need to reschedule), PLEASE contact me ASAP so I can offer your slot to someone else. My direct email is ibtrotter @ gmail . com

Please fill out the following form and bring it with you:  http://files.meetup.com/227716/K9RattlesnakeTrainingForm.pdf

When you rsvp you will be asked several questions, including your preferred time slot.  If your block has already been filled, I will contact you to schedule an alternate time.  Please pick one time.  If you don't hear back, you are good to go. Blocks are in 1/2 hour increments starting at 8:30 and ending at 3:30p (e.g. 8:30-9, 9-9:30...3:00-3:30p). 11:30-12:30 is lunchtime, no spots. You may come at anytime during your assigned slot. Depending on demand I may add additional spots at 8:00a and 3:30-4:00pm. 

If you hike with your dog or live in a rural area, or even 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 with a rattler at some point. Several of the group's members have had the snakes in their backyards, and a couple have had their dogs bitten while out and about. The cost of treatment can easily run into the thousands.

While nothing is 100% effective, rattlesnake avoidance training has proven highly effective in preventing envenomation by rattlers. Using species endemic to an area, Erick Briggs of Natural Solutions trains your dog to recognize the sight, sound and scent of the snakes. By learning to avoid these sensory cues, your dog is taught to avoid the snakes. His methods are humane for both dog and snake (the snakes of other trainers allegedly perish because of the training) and an added bonus is that by paying attention to your dog's behavior, you can help avoid the snake as well.

You can read their testimonials on Erick's website Erick Briggs Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Natural Solutions and see the video a Golden Retriever MeetUp member took Video 4-Step Rattlesnake Avoidance Training

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them as a comment.  I will either answer them myself or contact the trainer.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 


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  • Grace, Missy, Ollie Knut B.

    Thank you so much Nathan for putting it all together. So sorry that there was such a misunderstanding with the directions for the other people. Saw the stress that you had to go through. Hopefully everyone got there and is happy like I am. This is Missy and Ollie Knut's last training. They pass with flying colors. Missy did this for 6 years and she had enough of it. So I won't push it any more. I felt bad that she ran away and hid behind my back from the trainer. Her coller snapped off, but all is well. The trainer was very gentle with both of my Goldens and I appreciate it a lot.

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • Andra & K.

      Just FYI, another perspective, know of offleash person who goes hiking etc all the time in areas w/rattlesnakes. Few years back one of the two dogs got bit and died in the arms while hiking out to get it to VET, so it is a good insurance.

      1 · March 12, 2013

    • David C.

      Heartbreaking. Dog fatalities are rare, a few a year, but devastating when they occur. Even if not fatal, rattler bites are painful, damaging, and very costly to get treated. That's why Rusty did the training three times and I recommend it to others.

      1 · March 12, 2013

  • Marcela

    Nathan. THANK You so much for putting this together!! I feel better knowing Balou went through the training!

    March 11, 2013

  • Melanie J.

    Thanks Nathan for all the trouble you went to in arranging this! It was great.

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • christine h.

    Great!!

    March 11, 2013

  • Eva

    Thank you Nathan and Natural Solutions! It's likely Sesame would have gotten bitten long ago if it hadn't been for the training she gets every year from you all so I really appreciate it. :-)
    -Eva

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Syrus

    Thanks Nathan for organizing this clinic and working tirelessly to find an appropriate venue. Our three dogs received their second training session today, and I have peace of mind that they are safer in the canyons and trails in and around San Diego. The Natural Solutions staff are great; good with the dogs and willing to explain the training to newcomers. Cheers!

    March 10, 2013

  • Nathan

    Thanks everyone for attending, and putting up with all the location changes. Thanks Erick and crew--fantastic job as always. Next step: take on City Hall and get SD to amend it's ridiculous ordinances.

    March 10, 2013

  • lori

    As always, great trainers! Thanks Erick & crew. Thank You Nathan for giving us all this opportunity to keep our doggies a little safer.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Sally

    Any last min open slots?

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Tess R.

      Nathan, I just sent you an email. I would like the slot at 3:30pm if it is still available. Thanks.. ~Tess

      March 9, 2013

    • Nathan

      Sent you a reply email. If you didn't get it, you are good to go at 330p

      March 9, 2013

  • Grace, Missy, Ollie Knut B.

    Missy and Ollie Knut need it.

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really excited about this for my 9mth old Dobe

    March 5, 2013

  • Syrus

    I would like to attend with 3 dogs.

    March 4, 2013

  • David C.

    Highly recommended. Humane to dog and snakes, and highly effective. We off leash hike daily in the chaparral. After first training session 5 yrs ago, Rusty wouldn't cross even a stick in the trail, and he jumped high and far at any rustle in the bushes. Refreshed a year later, just to be sure. Finally, did again last year after three year hiatus from training. Trainer couldn't get him near a snake, even to come to me.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Sherri

    I took my dog to the training last year...you fill out the paperwork and wait around for about 15 minutes for your turn. The training itself takes about 5 minutes. My dog refused to acknowledge the snakes until they brought out the big Western Diamondback, so it took him a few minutes longer! But a few days later he saw a snake on a trail at Calaveras Lake and came running back to me...$70 well spent!

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Wendy T.

    I will have 2 dogs who had training last year and will attend for a refresher course!

    February 26, 2013

  • lori

    Ok we'll be there Sunday. Thanks Nathan!

    February 26, 2013

  • Grace

    Sunday late morning around 10:00AM (if still availiable) would work. This will be Gus' second class with Natural Solutions. Thank you.

    February 26, 2013

  • lori

    Eva's bringing Sesame and I'm bringing Brenna so we need 2 slots. 1:30-2:00 & 2:00-2:30. I don't see where Andra has Saturday up yet but Sat. would work for us as well.

    February 25, 2013

    • Nathan

      Andra is posting it on the Golden Retriever Meetup, but those spots r open on Sunday.

      February 25, 2013

    • Eva

      I'm good with the sunday spots then.

      February 25, 2013

  • Jan H.

    So excited that this is happening. Thanks!

    February 23, 2013

  • Seisen

    either sat or sun any time sat after 1:30pm on sunday

    February 22, 2013

  • Kristin

    My email is [masked]

    February 22, 2013

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