i would like to know if there are any coming up in the northwest (idaho, montana, eastern washington) and if any of you have had and experience whether they work or not.I mispelled clinics
You need to go to a snake clinic and watch 90% of the dogs stick their nose into the snake to see what it is. They have no natural fear of snakes and most stick their nose in to a coiled up rattling rattler to see what it is. Twice we have had our dogs warn us of a rattle snake by them trying to avoid an area, saved themselves and warned us. The clinics teach sight, smell and sound, I've not seen any dog come out afraid of sticks.Hmmm, I'm on the fence w/ that one (vaccine or clinic). So far as of yesterday afternoon, I've had 2 rattlesnake bites w/ my dogs, and both times I'm sure they had no idea the snake was there and just stepped on them. Dry bites both times thankfully, but do realize the secondary infection from even a dry bite is nasty and requires a vet visit asap for antibiotics and pain meds. Despite that, I still had a dog w/ a 103.3F temp this am. To anyone living in snake country, it's best to read up on treatment NOW and be prepared. Do NOT ice the bite or apply tournicuts. You may use benedryl but in my case, since I was able to get to the vet quickly and there was a chance they'd need to sedate her (they didn't), I didn't want to give her benedryl or anything that could complicate matters for them. The vet thanked me for that. Our local vets don't generally feel the vaccine is helping that much and since it's rare for a rattler to kill a dog, they aren't recommending it here in Yakima.
I am sure they will be out in full force today. Perfect weather and LOTS of rodents this year to feast upon. Just wish they'd eat more of the rattlers.... Actually there is one place that I can usually count on seeing a rattler holed up in a rock den. It keeps to itself for the most part, but haven't seen it yet this year.do you still have that bull snake? maybe I better head yur way,lots of water snakes around here but never have seen a bull snake.
Do you know if they are going to be doing a training session/day in 2012 in Boise again?? I didnt see one scheduled for this year on the website.http://srvgdc.wordpress.com/srvgdc-annual-snake-avoidance-clinic-slated/
There is one in Boise they do every year in August. Personally after talking to people I chose not to do it. I have heard stories from dogs who have gone through avoidance training being spooked by sticks it left such a negative impression on them.
You'd have to call. It was a few years ago when I looked at it and I wondered the same thing because they were very behind on posting it to the website....but they did have it and have had it every year since.Do you know if they are going to be doing a training session/day in 2012 in Boise again?? I didnt see one scheduled for this year on the website.