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Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic for Dogs Photos

Held March 9 and 10, 2019

Sponsored by CNMBC

A below nornmal turnout at both the ECIA Community Center in Eldorado and on the West Mesa in Rio Rancho participated in the Rattlesanke Avoidance Clinics conducted by Terry and Janet Chandler and their granddaughter Athena. Some 25 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.

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. No Alumni Dog approached the rattlesnake.

The photos, in chronological order for the most part, are of the six 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. On the West Mesa, 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. In Eldorado, with a strong wind, none of the alumni dogs came within ten yards of the rattler.

For the first time in the six years of CNMBC hosting, we had one dog who did not learn an avoidance behavior when encountering the rattlesnake. This was a 13-year old dog suffering both hearing and sight loss. Of course, the clinic fee was refunded in full.

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, Janet and Athena for your experise and sensitivity to the dogs and owners alike. Thanks to Dave Schneider, Bill Bradford, and Mark Hasse for all of their assistance from outfitting dogs with e-collas, handling dogs to checking in registrants and taking registration payments.

Photos by Tom Mauter

Photos from March 9 (Eldorado) and 10 (West Mesa), 2019 Clinics

March 9 - 9:00 am

March 9 - 10:00 am

March 9 - 11:00 am


March 10 - 9:00 am

March 10 - 10:00 am

March 10 - 11:00 am