This morning, Kali went to rattlesnake avoidance school. It was a private (no other dogs) lesson.
There were two cages containing Western Diamondback rattlesnakes.
The instructor put a shock collar on Kali and put her near a cage. .
Kali now avoids the snakes
It wasn’t that bad-she wanted to get out of there but was fine in the car and back home. On the 24th, she’ll get her final exam when we take a walk in the wild behind the trainer’s house and there will be a snake in a cage that’s camouflaged and hidden. If she avoids it-she’s good to go. She routinely sticks her nose into every bush and has to investigate every critter. The slight pain she experienced is small compared to what would happen if she got bitten by a snake. Not to mention the pain and heartache that Kaci, the peeps, and I would suffer if we lost her. This won’t cramp her “great hunter” style and is only effective for rattlesnakes, not even for other snakes. The rattlers are the ones that can cause injury and death here. There are other kinds of snakes here, but they’re not poisonous.