Living in north, central New Jersey I've never had a lot of reason to worry about snakes. Hunting season was always in the cooler fall and winter temps. However, with my first lab that I've been training I find myself increasingly out in the fields/woods during the warmer spring and summer months. Does anyone up here in the northeast put their dogs through a snake avoidance class? In my area we have two types of poisonous snakes - the northern copperhead and some form of small rattlesnake. I have seen a rattlesnake only once while hunting in the fall but in mid-Pennsylvania, they are all over the place in the summer. Honestly, they scare the heck out of me and I wonder if there's anything I can do to protect my dog? Several of my southern friends enroll their dogs every year for the insurance.