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At our training classes, we create a course with different stations to expose and focus your dog’s attention on various aspects of rattlesnakes, focusing their attention on the sight, sound and smell of rattlesnakes. There are countless different scenarios in which your dog may find a rattlesnake, so we like to prepare for a wide variety of these. Our first station is a live rattlesnake out on the ground to make that initial encounter as natural as possible. Other stations include caged rattlesnakes for sound and primarily scent as well as snakes to give a different visual facets such as stretched out vs. coiled. At the conclusion, your dog is tested and if they respond by showing strong avoidance of the snakes, they pass.

Dogs are taken through the course one at a time to give them the individual attention necessary for successful training. Our trainers will ask details about your individual dog so that we can accommodate to their specific characters.   We do employ the use of electronic collars because it is long proven to be the most effective, and possibly only effective tool for this particular training. The collar is adjusted to suit each individual dogs needs. Many people have concerns over the use of the e-collars, however in the hands of a trained professional, they are extremely safe and efficient. For more information on the use of e-collars, please click here.

Safety is of paramount concern, so the rattlesnakes we use out in the open have had their venom ducts surgically removed by a licensed veterinarian. This is a minimally invasive procedure that does no long term harm to the snakes, and in fact, some of our original venomoid snakes, which have been retired, are over 15 years old! Some trainers use muzzled rattlesnakes which has proven effective, however in our experience, we have found that handling snakes to muzzle them not only causes additional stress to the snakes, but these snakes that have been muzzled learn very quickly that they are unable to use their bite for defense and as such, act defeated instead of coiling into a defensive pose and rattling to warn you as they would naturally in the wild.

Here at Get Rattled, teaching your dog to avoid dangerous encounters is first and foremost, but we equally respect the care and well being of the snakes being used in our program. Not only do we teach your dogs, but we also like to take the opportunities to teach the owners about the benefits of rattlesnakes and encourage them to leave them be if encountered in the wild. For more information on safe practices when you encounter a rattlesnake, please click here.

Hours

Monday   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday   Training Day
Sunday   Training Day