Rattlesnakes are a big problem here in San Diego County for dog owners. If you hike with your dog or live in a rural area, or even near a canyon in a more developed part of town, there’s a good chance that you and your dogs will have a run-in at some point. Several of the group’s members have had the snakes in their backyards, and a couple have had their dogs bitten while out and about. The cost of treatment can easily run into the thousands.
While nothing is 100% effective, rattlesnake avoidance training has proven highly effective in preventing envenomation by rattlers. Using species endemic to an area, Erick Briggs of Natural Solutions trains your dog to recognize the sight, sound and scent of the snakes. By learning to avoid these sensory cues, your dog is taught to avoid the snakes. His methods are humane for both dog and snake (the snakes of other trainers allegedly perish because of the training) and an added bonus is that by paying attention to your dog’s behavior, you can help avoid the snake as well.
Golden Retriever MeetUp used Erick the last four years, and a couple of Offleash members have had very positive results while hiking PQ trail their dogs spotted and promptly avoided the snakes.
You can read their testimonials on Erick’s website,
Erick Briggs Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Natural Solutions and see the video, a Golden MeetUp member took Video 4-Step Rattlesnake Avoidance Training.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them on the message board, or to call/Email Erick Briggs directly at 760-464-6792; Erick@SoCalRattlesnakeAvoidanceTraining.com