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Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic for Dogs Photos

Held April 23 and 24, 2016

Sponsored by CNMBC

The weather was the best of all April weekends for the 156 dogs participating for the first time in Terry Chandler's clinic. Additionally, more than 30 Alumni Dogs, from previous clinics conducted by Terry, took part in their follow-up retest. make the drive out to the West Mesa outside of Rio Ranch. Using two Western Diamondback rattlesnakes, Hector and Herbie, both rendered harmless by Terry, the dogs got up close and personal with a rattler in the wilds of the Wesa Mesa and typical Eldorado environs.

At both locations, the owner/handlers walked their dogs into the wind to catch the scent of the snake, see the snake, hear the snake, and feel or come very close to the snake. When proximity was reached, the e-collar was activated by Terry. It was then make clear to each dog that the snake was the source of its discomfort. When each of the three groups had their face-to-face time with Hector and Herbie, it was time to take a walk in the desert in a new location sans e-collar. Different location, same rattlesnakes. Nary a dog approached the rattlesnake.

The photos, in chronological order for the most part, are of the seven groups, the dog's learning about avoiding rattlesnakes - all rattlesnakes. The retests of new and former camine students, to a dog, show them wanting no part of the rattler. Some dogs came with six-to-ten feet, while others caught a scent and/or heard the rattles and stopped in short order turning in the opposite direction.

The photos of the dogs' retest encounter are very important to owners/handlers. They show a wide variety of avoidance behaviors; some very evident but many consisting of subtle actions. These photos will help owners observe how their dogs react when they detect a rattlesnake in the future, whether in the great outdoors of New Mexico or in your courtyard outside your door.

Thank you Terry and Janet Chandler for your experise and sensitivity to the dogs and owners alike. Thanks to Dave Schneider and Bill Bradford for all of their assistance from outfitting dogs with e-collas, handling dogs and taking registration payments. And a big hat tip to Kris Swedin for helping registering dogs and their handlers.

Photos by Tom Mauter

Photos from April 23 and 24, 2016 Clinics

April 23 - 9:00 am

April 23 - 10:00 am

April 24 - 8:00 am

April 24 - 9:00 am

April 24 - 10:00 am

April 24 - 11:00 am