Dog owners are invited to sign up for a rattlesnake aversion training clinic on April 27-29 in Topanga Canyon at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.
The wildfires have reduced native habitat that normally supports the critters that call it home. Wildlife will migrate to where food and shelter exist, and in the urban wildland interface, that could be close to your home. Rattlesnakes provide important ecological functions of controlling rodents as well as being food for hawks and other snakes. The above normal winter rains usually bring increases in food supply, which in turn increases wildlife populations.
“If you enjoy activities that take you and your dogs outdoors, you and your pets may be at risk of encountering rattlesnakes. As the snakes move along in search of food and mates, they may even end up in your own backyard,” says Fred Presson, professional dog trainer at High On Kennels in Santa Ysabel. Most rattlesnake bites are on the head and neck. Dogs are naturally curious, and when a snake is encountered, they check it out face first.
Training your dog to avoid the sight, scent, and sound of rattlesnakes is the best thing you can do to keep your dog safe. Your dog could be an alert system for you as well.
High On Kennels is coming to Topanga Canyon for a three-day clinic offering one-on-one training with live rattlesnakes to teach your dog to avoid the sight, scent, and sound of rattlesnakes. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $80 per dog and usually takes 20-30 minutes.
For more information and to register: https://rattlesnakeclinic.as.me.
Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd.,
Topanga, CA 90290.