Dogs and Snakes

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training With Dog Trainer Mark Tipton

It’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung and the snakes are coming out.

Rattlesnake avoidance training is a must for people who live in areas where snakes live. Dogs naturally chase anything that moves, so dogs need to learn to avoid rattlesnakes.

I would also recommend you get your dog a rattlesnake vaccination. The vaccine will buy you time to get your dog to the vet to receive the anti-venom shot.

There are two ways to teach avoidance: with pain and with positive reinforcement. The pain method employs a shock collar that is used to teach your dog to avoid rattlesnakes. The positive reinforcement method involves you teaching your dog to stop, back up, turn, and walk away.

I always recommend you hire a positive reinforcement trainer to help you with this.

Mark Tipton, CPDT-KA, is the owner of Angel Dogs Training. He can be contacted through