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Dogs in snake country

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by Wet Dog, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. Wet Dog

    Wet Dog

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    We're buying property in the eastern half of the State of Washington which has rattlesnakes. We have two labradors and they take no notice of the non-venomus snakes we have here on the West side of the Cascades.

    I'm a little concerned that the warning rattle might spark curiosity rather than caution. One of my labs seems to find ways to mix it up with porcupines and coyotes. Thank God no skunks...

    Am I justified in my concern or to dogs have a naturally good sense on such matters?
     
  2. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    No, they don't have any innate 'snake sense' I've ever seen.

    You are justified in being very concerned by this prospect.

    What do you think the best idea is? A fenced yard, maybe? How far is it to the nearest vet in case someone decides to slither on up to your house?

    Maybe your new neighbors will have some ideas.

    Good luck.
     

  3. Walter45Auto

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    No, they don't have any sense in this kind of thing. Do you think they would fight a skunk or a porcupine more than once if they did? Most dogs have to get sprayed by a skunk 7 or 8 times before they learn.


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    I've read and watched on TV about this type of training. But what I watched was trainers usind de-fanged rattlers and a shock collar...

    Seems to me to be more effective to use as close to the real thing if you can..
     
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    That's a good idea to train your dog (hunting dog or any other if ya ask me.) to stay away from a snake. A buddy of mine nearly lost a champion Walker's coonhound to a snakebite (I think a cottonmouth.) when we were in High school.


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  7. streeter69

    streeter69 This is Kewl

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    I am worried about bringing my old cat to AZ. I feel for you.