Force Free Snake Avoidance Training Program
Do As I Do!Scientific studies indicate that dogs
have a natural ability to read
human body language and can
detect when their owner senses
danger. Our program teaches the
dog's handler how to use facial
expressions, body movement and
verbal cues to alert their dog that
snakes = danger and to move
away when one is spotted.
Snakes = Danger!The photos used in this material
were taken during one of our actual
Force Free Snake Avoidance classes conducted in Escondido, CA and reprinted with the permission of the participants.
Tongue Flick / Lip LickDid you know that just like humans,
dogs exhibit many types of body
languages, or behaviors, that
indicate when they are happy,
anxious, nervous or scared. They also exhibit behavior that helps to relieve stress. Lip licking is a very clear stress signal that is performed when a dog is nervous or experiencing fear (like the dog in the above photo ) after passing the area where decoy snakes have been set out. During our class, you will learn how to read your dog's body language to determine how he/she is feeling.
Are you curious? Possibly you are wondering how a Force Free Snake Avoidance Training program could be successful without the use of live snakes, shock collars, and force.
Are you a skilled dog trainer? Maybe you are contemplating the idea of starting your own Snake Avoidance program, and want to explore the concepts of Force Free training.
Are you a loving pet owner that doesn't know where to begin? One that wants to keep your pet safe from snake bites but just doesn’t know which program is right for you and your dog?
If you answered yes to any of the above then I encourage you to keep reading. Our program provides snake avoidance training without the use of adverse training tools such as prong collars, shock collars or physical molding, pulling on the dog’s leash (corrections) or dragging the dog. This is what we refer to as “Force Free.”
Who should attend one of our classes?
Every dog owner, shelter worker, and dog foster care provider, and their dogs can benefit from Force Free Snake avoidance training. I say this because even if you don’t walk your dog on nature trails, snakes can, and often do, invade people’s yards where dogs can come in contact with them.
What happens during one of our program sessions?
Our 2 hr session is packed full of info and it’s not all for the dogs! Information and instruction on: Types of snakes that are indigenous to your geographical area, how to help “snake proof” your yard, what to and not to do, in case of a snake bite, information on snake bite vaccinations, how to use your body language and verbal cues to instill a sense that snakes = danger, how to read your dog’s body language to determine what he/she is sensing during the session and so much more.
Our training program uses decoy snakes, (rubber snakes) that have been placed in with live snakes to absorb the habitat’s odor, plus dead snakes that have been preserved and donated to us, shed snake skins, and the audio recording of rattlesnakes. However, we do not focus on rattlesnakes or live snakes. We focus on teaching that snakes - all snakes - live, dead, poisonous or non-poisonous are to be avoided!
Is one training session enough?
No, and I want to make this very clear. Practice, practice, practice as with any training is the key. For this reason, I give decoy snakes to take home, I conduct follow-up consultations (free of charge) and offer discount refresher courses. I also encourage my class participants to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/forcefreetraining/ This group is designed to provide a forum for: Graduates of my Force Free Snake Avoidance Program, those that have purchased my book on "Force Free Snake Avoidance Training", professional dog trainers that are truly interested in adding a Force Free class to their training program, shelter workers, and pet owners that want information on how to keep dogs safer when they encounter snakes without the use of shock collars and or live rattlesnakes.
Is Force Free Snake Avoidance Training a guaranteed method?
Like with any training, there are no guarantees that Shock Collar or Force Free training methods will work in all situations. How well your dog learns and how much he improves depends on many factors including how much time and effort you put in the training. Practice, practice, practice. Our program will give you the skill sets, tools, and confidence needed to teach your dog that snakes - all snakes - dead or alive equal danger and to avoid the area when they are found.
snake avoidance program
Proofing the behavior
Proofing the behavior after a training session. The dog clearly avoids the area contaning snake decoys.