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.