For the doggies……

RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE

BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN
The Mountains Restoration Trust is hosting a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic For Dogs with dog trainer Tracy Jenson-Presson. The training, which involves live snakes, “is conducted in a safe, humane, controlled environment ensuring the safety of your dog, as well as the safety of the rattlesnakes,” a press release states. “The training process is repeated several times to ensure that the dog understands the sight, smell and sound of a rattlesnake. We have found the best way to teach a dog to avoid rattlesnakes is to use live rattlesnake specimens that have been neutralized. The snakes are placed out in a field setting and the dogs are fitted with an electronic training collar, the dog is led through the field and allowed to encounter the rattlesnakes at which point the dog is stimulated using the electronic collar, The process is repeated several times to ensure that the dog understands the sight, sound and smell of a rattlesnake (rattlesnakes have a distinctive odor that a dog can discern from other snakes).” Training sessions are offered on April 17 at Headwaters Corner, Masson House, 23075 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And on May 14 and 15 and June 11 and 12 at Tapia Park, 884 North Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $70 per dog. Reservations are required. More information is available at http://www.mountainstrust.org
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