Partner's Snake Avoidance

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18 Years Of Experience

We are one of the first dog schools to ever do Rattlesnake Avoidance Training. Since the beginning, we have trained over 16,000 dogs to avoid rattlesnakes. We know a thing or two, because we’ve seen a thing or two. We pass that experience onto you and ensure that every dog is trained to the best of our ability.

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Raising The Standards

While training this type of behavior there are a lot of variables that come into play. Far too many to list. Therefore, we require our Lead Rattlesnake Avoidance Instructors to undergo a minimum of one year of training in order to properly read all the situations that can occur.

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Creme of the Crop

We have your dog’s life in our hands, and we take that very seriously. That is why only the best of the best trainers are hand-picked to be a part of our rattlesnake avoidance program. These high standards are set to achieve the best results with your dog.

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A Glimpse At SnakProofing

Why You Should Do It and How It Works

Plans and Pricing

1st Time Training

$89
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2nd, 3rd, and 4th Dog

$79/Each Dog
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Renewal

$69
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Group Rate

Of 10 Dogs or More
$59/Dog
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What You Can Expect

Step By Step Look Into SnakeProofing

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1. We put our equipment on your dog which includes a "long-line/leash" and an "e-collar."

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2. We let your dog "Soak" with the equipment on in order to give them time to settle in.

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3. We take your dog back to train a negative association to the scent and sound of a rattlesnake.

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4. We talk you through what happened and recommend a good time to follow-up on training.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our Clients do the talking!

Our Aussie did really good and she couldn’t get away from that last snake fast enough, which is the response we wanted to see! I feel much more confident knowing that she has an awareness of snakes now. Julie M.

We are proud today of our dog Jessa, who was snake trained by Partners. She barked a loud and very peculiar bark, with her hump all up, alerting us to a diamondback just outside her fence and near the gate where the kids were playing. Ken P.

The training our dogs received saved my mom from an extremely dangerous and close encounter with a native rattlesnake. There’s nothing more important than getting your dog snake avoidance trained! Kelly M.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you use Electronic Collars?
Yes, we have found that it is the best way to get a negative association with the sent and sound of the rattlesnake. However, we always start at the lowest level to get a response from the dog.
Does it hurt?

The electric stim from the “e-collar” does not harm the dog in any way. Quite frankly, pain is a very poor way to train behavior as it tends to shut dogs down. We are sure to use the lowest level possible in order to get the necessary association from your dog. We welcome our clients to test the “e-collar” on themselves, and we even test it on ourselves before every session.

Can we watch our dog in training?

We do allow you to watch your dog during their training, as long as it doesn’t distract them (or us) from the training. Obviously, your dog’s success is our primary goal, so that is what we will always put first. We do reserve the right to stop training at any time in the interest of your dog’s safety.

Why DOn't You use my Leash and collar?

We use our own equipment in order to ensure that your dog doesn’t associate your leash and collar to the training. We want the training to be between the dog and the snake. Not anything else.

How long does it take?
The process typically takes about 15- 20 minutes per dog. However, this can vary for each dog.
Will it work for all snakes?
We use the Western Diamondback rattlesnake. Although, it does seem to have some success with other venomous snakes in the rattler family but we are not certain. However, the training is not guaranteed to work for non-venemous or dead snakes as they have a different sent to them and register differently for the dog.
Do we take our dog through the course?

No. We will have our trainers run your dog through the course. We do this so that we can be certain that the dog is focused on the training and not worrying about mom or dad. As pet owners we can get nervous when we know our dogs are about to experience something unpleasant and we send out that nervous energy, your dog can pick up on that energy and it could affect the training. 

We do allow you to watch your dog in their training, as long as it doesn’t distract your pup. We reserve the right to stop training at any time in the interest of your dog’s safety.

Do you use real snakes and do they still have their fangs?
Yes. Our rattlesnakes are live and intact, meaning we do not defang or milk them. We want to maintain the most natural scenario possible, and of course we don’t want to harm or cause any undo stress on the snakes.
How many times do we have to do the training?
We recommend at least a yearly refresher. However, for dogs that have a lot of drive, are really curious, or are still young we may suggest coming back for an early refresher. After your dog’s training session, the handlers will let you know what they recommend for your dog.
Can the snakes get to my dog?
No. The snakes are in a double wire mesh cage with about 3-4 inches between the inner cage and the outer cage.
How old does my dog have to be?
Your dog should be at least 5 ½ months old for the training. We have found that dogs younger than that are generally not mature enough to properly understand the training.
Should I get the Rattle Snake Vaccination as well?
Yes. The benefit to getting the rattlesnake vaccine is it buys you more time to get to the vet should your dog be bitten. You can either call our office for more information on the rattlesnake vaccine, speak to your own vet, or one that we recommend on our “Partner’s Resources” page.

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