Erick Briggs cautiously guides Bill Templin’s dog, Cinder, through an exercise where he was teaching him to recognize and avoid rattlesnakes at Cal Expo in January 2013. Snake-aversion training can teach dogs to avoid toxic amphibians, such as the Colorado river toad and cane toads. It’s especially useful for active, inquisitive dogs, or those with a high prey drive, but any dog can benefit if there’s a chance he will come face to face with a rattlesnake, copperhead or water moccasin.
Erick Briggs cautiously guides Bill Templin’s dog, Cinder, through an exercise where he was teaching him to recognize and avoid rattlesnakes at Cal Expo in January 2013. Snake-aversion training can teach dogs to avoid toxic amphibians, such as the Colorado river toad and cane toads. It’s especially useful for active, inquisitive dogs, or those with a high prey drive, but any dog can benefit if there’s a chance he will come face to face with a rattlesnake, copperhead or water moccasin. Renee C. Byer Sacramento Bee file
Erick Briggs cautiously guides Bill Templin’s dog, Cinder, through an exercise where he was teaching him to recognize and avoid rattlesnakes at Cal Expo in January 2013. Snake-aversion training can teach dogs to avoid toxic amphibians, such as the Colorado river toad and cane toads. It’s especially useful for active, inquisitive dogs, or those with a high prey drive, but any dog can benefit if there’s a chance he will come face to face with a rattlesnake, copperhead or water moccasin. Renee C. Byer Sacramento Bee file

Pet Connetion: Aversion training can protect dogs from snakes

May 22, 2015 05:00 PM

UPDATED May 23, 2015 12:00 AM

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