Rattlesnake Avoidance, Is It For My Dog?

Feb 26, 2020

The weather is warming up here in So Cal, as well as many other places in the country.  Which means the snakes are starting to come back out, which does not seem like a big deal, except some snakes can be deadly for our dogs....specifically rattlesnakes.

Now, I will be the first to admit that avoidance training is on many positive trainers "hot topic" list. 

Many positive trainers adamantly oppose avoidance training as it introduces a punishment to the dog in the form of an stimulus collar.

You may have heard the term "shock collar" used before, this is really a poor choice of words IMO.  This implies that the dog is getting hit with electricity, like we would if we stuck a screwdriver in a light socket.  This is far from true.  

A stimulus collar is much like a TENS unit, used extensively in the medical world to help stimulate muscles and nerves.

It is also important to note that the muscles in a dogs neck, are much like the muscles in a human...

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