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Rattlesnake Avoidance

By on June 14, 2017 in Events with 6 Comments

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic for Dogs
Run by High on Kennels
Saturday, July 29
8 am – 5 pm
$75 per dog


The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will be hosting a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs Clinic on Saturday, July 29.

Thank you in advance for signing up – don’t forget to tell your friends and other dog lovers about the clinic!


  • Your dog must be at least six months old to participate.
  • Check-in and training takes on average 1 hour
  • Please review the Terms and Conditions (below) before registering


We are proud to host expert dog trainers from High on Kennels, located in San Diego County. Each trainer is highly experienced at training dogs to avoid rattlesnakes. High on Kennels is well known for being a problem solver when it comes to difficult dogs.

Training Process

Our training clinics are conducted in a safe, humane, and controlled environment ensuring the safety of your dog, people, and rattlesnakes. The trainers have found that the best way to teach a dog to avoid rattlesnakes is to use live rattlesnake specimens that have been neutralized so that they cannot bite. The snakes are placed out in a field setting and the dogs are fitted with an electronic training collar. The dog is led through the field and allowed to encounter the rattlesnake at which point the dog is stimulated using the electronic collar. The training process is repeated several times to assure you that your dog will understand the sight, sound, and smell of a rattlesnake (they have a distinct odor that dogs can discern from other snakes).

The appointments take between 20-60 minutes, which includes check-in and the training. This assures that proper attention is given to all dogs.

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  1. Michael Shapiro says:

    Where will the Rattlesnake workshop be held?

  2. Nancy Peterson says:

    I was a firm believer in rattlesnake avoidance training. Both my dogs received and passed the training twice and both were bitten by rattlesnakes 2-4 months after the training.
    After the first training session , I tested the dogs by walking them past a rattler lying in leaves along my driveway. They only noticed it after I provoked the snake. I had to pay for another training session for both dogs. (Re-training would have been free had they failed a short field test–but they passed!)
    Two months later, my small dog thought he was chasing a lizard behind a bush in my yard–wrong! He was bitten by a young rattler and almost died–even with immediate vet care with a bill that totaled over $6,000. Two months later my larger dog was also bitten by a baby rattler in my backyard . If you live among rattlesnakes, you’re better off purchasing pet insurance. Even with insurance, I now never leave my dogs unattended in my yard or around my property.

    • Tania says:

      Wow Nancy, that is intense! I am sorry to hear both your dogs were bitten even after a training. I regularly took my old dog every year and he always remembered what rattlesnakes were (it actually translated to all snakes for him), but I am not so sure about this new one – he is a lizard chaser too! I did this training with him a few months ago and these trainers were so great I had to bring them up to Ojai, but all dogs are different. Some need reminders often and others don’t forget.

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