Positive Reinforcement – Shock-Free Snake Avoidance Training
Snake avoidance training using positive reinforcement methods in a rare find it today’s world. We do not use shock collars and there’s no need to repeat the class or go back for a booster shock. In fact, this class doesn’t focus on fear or pain at all. No prior training is required and our classes are open to everybody. At the end of the course, you and your dog will receive a customized training plan to continue training, and perfecting rattlesnake avoidance without ever shocking your dog. When available, the final class includes training with a live, humanely sourced, rattlesnake.
Build trust and a deeper bond with your dog by teaching them snake avoidance training and what to do when they encounter a rattlesnake. No more shocking them to create fear. And the best part is, you and your dog will have fun learning!
We’re back with a new and improved curriculum based on feedback from previous students and information from area herpetologists. Customized for Utah State laws, our new curriculum is simplified for both you and your dog so it’s easier to train and understand! Join us for another great season of snake avoidance training, all shock-free!
Registration opens soon! First class begins May 6th!
$195 for 6 Weeks
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$195 dollars for a 6-week course (Each additional dog for the same owner is $10*. If you have more than 2 dogs, please email us before registering). Each class will range from 45 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the number of dog/human teams in class. We will meet once a week and you will have plenty of support available along the way. There is a minimum of 2 registrants required for the class to run. If we don’t meet the minimum, you may join us in another group class at a later date, or sign up for private lessons (at an additional cost).
Scent articles will be provided. You will need to provide your own lifelike, yet fake, rattlesnake for training outside of class (about $30), a long leash, and other training items such as treats, water, etc.
Join us as we create a community of dogs and dog lovers who use positive reinforcement for snake avoidance training!
*Additional dog price is only valid for dogs who belong to the same owner. Dogs who belong to separate owners must pay the full class price.
Looking for Virtual Snake Avoidance Training?
This class is available via virtual training. If you are not local to Salt Lake City, UT, but are still interested in this training, please email email@example.com for virtual training options. Pricing varies depending on how many virtual clients we are working with at a time.
The benefits of snake avoidance training without shock
- Unlike the shock collar method, using positive reinforcement methods removes both fear and pain for your dog, neither of which are necessary to learn to stay away.
- Aversion training relies on the fight or flight response of your dog, which can’t be predicted, as the dog decides in the moment. If your dog has a fight response, he/she could learn to attack snakes or people. Avoidance training removes the unpredictability and the fear/pain, which allows the dog to learn more easily. It isn’t a painful, traumatizing or scary experience.
- Positive reinforcement snake avoidance training is much more forgiving. If an aversion trainer shocks at the wrong time, it can take months, years and even a lifetime to undo such a mistake. If you make a mistake with positive reinforcement, the dog just gets an extra reward. No harm done.
- It is easier to keep fresh in your dog’s mind because it does not require you to have a shock collar or own a live rattlesnake. You can teach your dog snake avoidance training dog year-round so they are always ready.
- It teaches your dog what to do when they see, smell or hear a snake. They will know to back away and give the snake space.
- Perhaps most importantly, you do not have the potential fallout and risk associated with snake aversion shock training. Positive reinforcement is much safer and more humane.
- As a bonus, the positive reinforcement snake avoidance training allows you to develop an even deeper bond and trust level with your dog—something that is eroded each and every time you use pain and aversion techniques in any training.
About This Course
Training to a T, LLC customizes our teaching to meet the training level for each individual dog/handler team. If one way of teaching particular behaviors doesn’t work for your pup, we have several different ways we can teach the same concepts. We do not require prior knowledge of behaviors or attendance in any other prior classes. Most dogs will not be fully trained at the end of the course, but you will receive a customized training plan for you to continue training beyond the course. All participants should plan to continue training beyond class. The more you train, the more your dog learns, and the more reliable he/she will be in whatever you are training.
“Melissa is very knowledgeable on the topic of dog behavior and how to train them on difficult tasks. I completed her rattlesnake avoidance class and was pleased with how responsive she was to my questions/concerns. She goes above and beyond in making sure you have the tools you need and the support–definitely doesn’t leave you high and dry after the class is done!”
“I worked with Melissa outta state/over the internet. I was skeptical about dog training at a distance but to my surprise, it worked and I believe it’s on account of Melissa’s keen observations, solid training, and animal intuitiveness. She did a wonderful job of recognizing my dog’s breed and considering his high energy, youth, and disposition. I feel she went above and beyond to help me and my doggers. Make the investment, take the time and enjoy a more trained fur-family member.”
Resources for Further Study
https://youtu.be/iH10DFuZohM – An Interview with Amy Hughes-Creaven, a Colorado Dog Trainer who is spearheading the Positive Snake Avoidance Training movement.
Article from a veterinary office in colorado regarding the fallout of traditional snake aversion training.