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Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic for Dogs Photos

Held March 21 and 22, 2020

Sponsored by CNMBC

A total 103 first time dogs and some two dozen alumni dogs attended the clinics held at the ECIA Community Center in Eldorado and on the West Mesa in Rio Rancho. Their handlers participated in the Rattlesanke Avoidance Clinics conducted by Terry Chandler and this granddaughter Athena. All of the handlers and volunteers observed appropriate distancing and safe guards put in place in response to COVID-19.  Alumni Dogs, from previous clinics conducted by Terry, took part in their one time follow-up retest to validate for their owners/handlers the effectiveness of these clinics. Another highlight from the 2020 clinics is at least four 4-month old young dogs successfully participated. There were also three Alumni Dogs that needed retraining which was the most in seven years. Prior to that only two Alumni Dogs did not sucessfully complete their first follow up. I am glad to report that my female Brittany, Madeline All-Brit, successfully passed her Alumni retest not getting closer than 70 feet from the rattler.

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.

The photos, in chronological order for the most part, are of the seven groups, sarting with the Alumni Dogs followed by the first time dogs learning about avoiding rattlesnakes - all rattlesnakes. Finally, the second part of the two-part training, consists of the retests of the first time participating dogs.

 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 such as head movement, positioning of the tail, shifting side, movement of the ears. 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 Athena for your experise and sensitivity to the dogs and owners alike. Thanks to Dave Schneider and Bill Bradford for all of your assistance from outfitting dogs with e-collas to handling dogs.

Photos by Tom Mauter

Photos from March 21 (Eldorado) and 22 (West Mesa), 2020 Clinics

March 21 - 8:00 am

March 21 - 9:00 am

March 21 - 10:00 am

March 21 - 11:00 am

March 21 - Noon


March 22 - 9:00 am

March 22 - 10:00 am