I took Maggie & Rosie to snake break training this morning. It was done well by a very experienced professional. During the "final exam" after the training each of them caught scent of the snake from several feet away and them moved rapidly in the other direction. I'll also have them re-innoculated with rattlesnake vaccine when that comes due. Seems worthwhile to take all possible precautions considering the risk to the dog and the cost of the vet care.
I've been working on Maggie's "whoa" when we walk in the mornings. I'll whoa her when she runs within 100 feet of me, then throw gravel and such into the grass as a distraction. She's holding staunchly now. More work on pigeons next weekend.
2 weeks ago