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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Due to high demand we are offering a second rattlesnake training in August 2020.

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic for Dogs
Run by High on Kennels

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sunday, August 9, 2020

8 am – 5 pm
$95 per dog

Snake season is all year round in Ojai! The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting a rattlesnake avoidance training clinic for dogs so you can take your dog outdoors with peace of mind.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and other dog lovers about the clinic!


We are proud to host expert dog trainers from High on Kennels. 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). More about High on Kennels training process»

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


  • Your dog must be at least six months old to participate
  • Check-in and training takes on average 30 minutes
  • Please carefully review the Terms and Conditions while registering

Special Considerations Because of COVID-19.

  • No walk-ins. Appointments, payments, and waivers must be completed before the training. No exceptions.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times.
  • Social distancing must be practiced at all times. Please note that OVLC staff will have contact with your dog to ensure collars are appropriately adjusted.
  • We have spaced out appointments to minimize contact, but please make sure to wait with your dog far from other participants and do not let your dog interact with any of the other dogs or dog owners.

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  1. Leslie Ogden says:

    I’d like to be put on your wait list please.

    • Tania says:

      Hi Leslie,

      Thank you for reaching out. We do not have a waitlist for this event. We will be sending an email out as soon as we know the event is confirmed and registration opens.


  2. Jack Scranton says:

    Will your May training be held in Ojai and if so please specify the location.

    • Tania says:

      Hi Jack,

      Yes, the clinic will be held in Ojai. We send the location out only to those who register for the clinic because we do not accept drop-ins.


  3. Sandi Roll says:

    Greetings, I would like to be put on the email list to be informed when registration opens. Could you let me know how to do this, please. Would this be the OVLC email list? Thank you!

    • Tania says:

      Hi Sandi,

      It is our general OVLC email list. I see that you on on it. We will likely send an email if it is happening early to mid next week.


  4. Tania says:

    Hi Angela,

    I have added you to our email list. We should find out if we are having the event in the next couple days.


  5. Tania says:

    Hi Glenn.

    I have added you to our email list. We will send an email in the next couple days about the event.


  6. Todd Disney says:

    How can I register my dog for the rattlesnake avoidance class?

    • Tania says:

      Hi Todd,

      We will know in the next day or two if the even will be held. We will send an email out with the registration link ASAP when we find out. I see you are on our mailing list. Please watch for that email.


  7. Reno Rolle Jr says:

    Hello Tania,
    I am interested in getting my dog in the rattlesnake training course this May 30 and 31st. In the past we have attended the course through the humane society but they are not doing it this year. Please Add my email and name to the list and let me know if we can attend.

    Reno Rolle

    • Tania says:

      Hi Reno,

      I have added you to our email list. We will likely be sending the registration email out tomorrow or Thursday.


  8. Kevin Cox says:

    My dog did the training last year. I know that a refresher is advised. Is one year an appropriate time to do the refresher? If so, it is advised to do it yearly?

    • Tania says:

      Hi Kevin,

      The trainer recommends it annually for a couple of years, and if you dog remembers from one year to the next you can skip some years. If it was your dog’s first training I would recommend signing up again and see how your dog reacts. If it does great, then ask Fred if he thinks you can skip a year or more. Some dogs need it every year and others just need it once. Personally my dog has gotten better but not perfect, so he is on his third year in a row and we hope we can skip a year after this one. :)


  9. Harrison Shotzbarger says:

    Hi. I got the email this morning and tried to register but it says there are no times. Is the course filled? Does High on Kennels have private trainings? I was really looking for wars to this. Thanks so much!

    • Tania says:

      Hi Harrison,

      The course filled all 72 spots in less than 7 hours! We will be opening up appointments for Monday this morning. It will be first come first serve. I recommend checking the website frequently today. You will have to check with High on Kennels for other trainings, but they are based in San Diego, so I hope you can make it to ours Monday!


  10. steven d jennings says:

    I’m having trouble getting the registration window to open for snake training.
    Any suggestions?

    • Tania says:

      Hi Steven,

      Check back today – all the spaces were full. We will be opening up appointments for Monday this morning. It will be first come first serve. I recommend checking the website frequently today.


  11. Phoebe S says:

    I have been having trouble with the website- I haven’t been able to sign up for any of the events that do not say “full” . I have a 10 month old golden retriever and we could really use the rattlesnake training- we have seen many rattlesnakes around our house already this year. Please let me know if there is a class that I can sign up for.

    • Tania says:

      Hi Phoebe,

      The registration sold out so quickly we didn’t even have a chance to mark the event full! We will be opening up appointments for Monday this morning. It will be first come first serve. I recommend checking the website frequently today.