You live in an area where large and sometimes terrifying snakes can appear out of nowhere. You do the sensible thing and keep your distance, but your canine pal has an inquisitive streak in him. He’s developed a habit of going over and investigating. Now, this would be fine if snakes were always harmless, but unfortunately, where you live they aren’t. If he isn’t on the receiving end of a nasty bite, there’s always poison to worry about. Both bites and poison come with hefty vet bills that you definitely don’t need on your plate right now.
Training your dog to stay away from snakes could not only save you those bills, it could also save him from serious injury or even death. This training could also help you teach him to keep clear of other slippery problems.
Thankfully, training your dog to stay away from snakes is relatively straightforward. You need to motivate him to stay clear using a variety of tasty treats. You also need to find suitable ways to distract him and keep a close reign on him. The most challenging part will be staying vigilant until training is complete. If he’s a puppy then he should be eager to please and quick to respond to training. You may need just a few days to cut out this bad habit. If he’s older and been a snake enthusiast for many years then you have more of an uphill battle on your hands. It could take up to three weeks to finally stem his interest.
Training him to stay away from snakes though, will save you considerable stress when you see him bound towards a slithering reptile. This training will also help drill some discipline into him, making teaching him other commands easier too.
Before you can get to work you’ll need to get your hands on a few things. A decent stock pile of treats or his favorite food will be needed. These will be used to tempt him away and reward good behavior.
A variety of deterrence measures are also needed for one of the methods below. You’ll also need a secure leash and possibly a body harness if he’s strong and likes to pull. The other main component you need is time. You need to be on lookout during walks and spend a few minutes each day training.
With all of those boxes ticked you’re ready to get started!