Snake avoidance training for dogs

by admin on July 18th, 2018

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ANIMALArk will be conducting snake avoidance training for dogs in Nannup on October 30.
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Animal Ark dog trainer David Manning will be in Nannup on October 30, where he will be training dogs to avoid poisonous snakes such as dugites. Photo supplied.

The training teaches our four legged friends to stay away from venomous snake species such as dugites and tiger snakes.

Animal Ark’s trainer David Manning said snake avoidance training has been around for many years overseas, but was relatively new to Australia.

“We havebeen doing it for a year or two,” he said.

“The numbers of people who have lost dogs is quite phenomenal, so we have a lot of vets supporting the training –it is a growing phenomenon in Australia.”

Mr Manning said the approach he usedinvolved a low-level static correction collar and containers with different species of snakeswithin them.

“We live in a very visual world, we see things,” he said.

“Butdogs just sense with their nose andare very attuned to odours.

“So we lead a dog on a lead andsee if it is interested in a particular box, within which we have one of the venous snakes.”

Mr Manning said snakes smell differently –atiger snake has a different odour to a brownsnake like a dugite.

“If the dog shows an interest in that odour and approaches the snake, then it gets the short correction,”he said.

“It is a bit like if you reach out and touch a cactus –you go ‘ouch’, and then you do not do it again.”

He said visual cues were also incorporated into the training.

“For the visual cue we use a non venomous python, but it is very important that we do use the venous snakes that the dogs are likely to come across,” he said.

“They are basically in a container where the dogs can smell the snake but the dogs cannotget bitten by the snake and the dog cannotharm the snake.”

The wildlife specialist said as the weather heated up it was also important that people tried tominimise log piles and rubbish piles near thehome, and tokeep grass around the perimetre of a property short (assnakes do not like crossing open ground).

“If you have aviaries or chooks,try to keep those away from the dwelling because the waste and the seed of the chooks or your birds will often attract snakes,” he said.

“And of course, generally in bushland areas keep your dog on a lead.”

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