As the temperatures rise in the desert southwest, so does the danger of encountering rattlesnakes. For residents of Wickenburg, Arizona, rattlesnake season is a yearly event that requires vigilance and awareness of the potential dangers. Unfortunately, this danger also extends to our furry friends, as dogs are at risk of encountering these venomous snakes while out on walks or exploring the great outdoors.

According to the Wickenburg Humane Society, the rattlesnake season typically runs from March to October, with the highest activity occurring during the hottest months of June, July, and August. During this time, it’s not uncommon to encounter rattlesnakes basking in the sun, hiding under rocks, or slithering through the brush.

For dogs, encountering a rattlesnake can be a life-threatening experience. The venom from a rattlesnake bite can cause swelling, pain, and tissue damage, as well as potentially fatal effects on a dog’s organs and nervous system. In some cases, immediate veterinary care is necessary to save a dog’s life.

To help mitigate the risk of rattlesnake encounters and protect our beloved pets, the Wickenburg Humane Society and K9 Konnection of Wickenburg offer snake avoidance training for dogs. This training teaches dogs to recognize the sight, smell, and sound of a rattlesnake and to avoid it at all costs.

During the training, dogs are introduced to a live, defanged rattlesnake that is safely contained within a secure, covered cage. The trainer will then simulate the sound of a rattlesnake using a device that emits a similar sound, while the dog is on a leash. If the dog approaches the sound or scent of the snake, the trainer will use a remote-controlled collar to deliver a harmless but startling correction.

Through repeated exposure to the sound and scent of the rattlesnake and positive reinforcement for avoiding it, dogs learn to recognize and avoid these dangerous creatures. The training typically takes about 20-30 minutes and is suitable for dogs of all ages and sizes.

In addition to snake avoidance training, there are other steps pet owners can take to protect their dogs during rattlesnake season. Keep dogs on a leash when out on walks or hikes, avoid letting them wander off-trail or into dense brush, and consider investing in protective gear such as snake-proof boots or vests.

With the help of organizations like the Wickenburg Humane Society and K9 Konnection of Wickenburg, pet owners can take proactive steps to protect their dogs during rattlesnake season. By raising awareness of the dangers of rattlesnakes and providing access to effective training, we can keep our furry friends safe and happy all year long.

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023 AT 6 AM

K9 Snake Avoidance Clinic
Humane Society of Wickenburg

Teach your pet to stay away from this potential danger.
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