The Colorado Gun Dog Assoc. is putting on a clinic June 12 & 13 out in Kiowa for snake avoidance. I've always been afraid one of my dogs will get into a rattlesnake when we are out hiking so I'm pretty geeked to go.
I signed up all 3 of our dogs. The clinic is using live de-fanged rattlesnakes on the course. The guy teaching it has trained or de-snaked over 4,500 dogs and hails from TX. The purpose of using live snakes is so the dogs can see, hear and smell the snake. One of the snakes will have it's rattles taped to simulate a dormant snake and one will be full on aggressive rattler.
They use an e-collar and only turn it on if the dog shows interest in the snake. I know that could be harsh BUT this could save my dogs' life so I'm willing to do it and with that many dogs trained, the person is familiar and experienced with e-collars. Should be pretty interesting.