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K9 Dog Park Creates Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs Without the Use of Shock Collars
Date:8/5/2013

Escondido, CA (PRWEB) August 05, 2013

Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs is sought after by campers, land owners, hikers and others who take their dog with them into the great outdoors. To teach dogs rattlesnake avoidance often dog trainers use live rattlesnakes and put painful shock collars on the dogs. Shock-collar training is considered by Penny DiLoreto-CPDT-KA, CTDI, to be inhumane treatment and she says “learning should never hurt.”

In southern California as well as other parts of the United States rattlesnakes live in abundance but these shy creatures usually do not attack. However, when startled, stepped on, or sniffed-at by a dog they do bite and the bite can be deadly. Rattlesnake vaccinations are widely available for dogs from veterinarians but they do not eliminate the danger. Vaccinated dogs will likely still need antivenin if bitten just not as much as for the unvaccinated dog. The antivenin may cost $750.00 or more per vile and, depending upon the size of the dog, multiple viles may be needed. Furthermore, the antivenin does not protect the dog from the possible life-long effects of the poison which can continue after the bite.

DiLoreto states, “not all dogs need snake avoidance training. For instance, if you live in a city environment, you’re not a hiker, or don’t go camping then your dog may not need this type of training. On the other hand, if you take your dog into areas where snakes are known to live then better to be prepared. However, if you do need training we believe positive reinforcement training is the best way.”

DiLoreto continues: “All K9 Dog Park dog training programs are positive reinforcement and we never incorporate shock collars, prong-collars, choke-chains, or other such devices for training. Our snake avoidance training teaches dogs to avoid all snakes, not just rattlesnakes. That way the dog does not need to figure out if it is a poisonous or non-poisonous snake before avoiding it; just avoid all snakes! Even though our snake avoidance program is positive reinforcement, we do instill a sense of danger in the dog concerning snakes by utilizing the dog's senses of sight, sound, smell, and the handler’s ‘leave-it’ command. We also incorporate an apparatus we built that we call our "pyrotechnic-pneumatic snake pit" for a sense of realism. To put it into the words of one of the local veterinarians who refers his clients to K9 Dog Park, 'the proof is in the pudding and it works.'"

Michelle Robertson-Clark owner of “The Rescued Pup Boutique” a dog-rescue organization in Ramona, CA recently reached out to K9 Dog Park and requested the no-shock snake avoidance training for her clientele. Robertson-Cark stated rattlesnakes are everywhere surrounding Ramona and when we heard about this no shock-collar training we were very interested. After meeting with Penny and her husband David, we asked them to bring there crew to Ramona and do the training for our dog buyers. We are excited and looking forward to the training planned for August 12, 2013 at our location with dog owners who have adopted from us.”

K9 Dog Park’s training program has been mentioned in San Diego Union Tribune and Victoria Stilwell

About K9 Dog Park:
Located in Escondido, CA K9 Dog Park is the leading dog training and grooming center in southern California. K9 Dog Park is a pioneer in advanced training techniques for dogs and their owners. The company pioneered its proprietary pyrotechnic-pneumatic snake avoidance training without the use of shock-collars. K9 Dog Park specializes in training reactive dogs with fear, frustration and aggression issues to overcome those issues and mainstream back into society. K9 Dog Park offers dog-training programs such as- Therapy Dog, Behavior Adjustment, Problem Solving, Agility, Rally, AKC-STAR Puppy, AKC-Canine Good Citizen, Snake Avoidance, Trick and others in its indoor training facility. In addition to training the company offers dog grooming for all breeds.

About The Rescued Pup Boutique:
Located at 220 Rotanzi Street, Ramona, CA 92065 (760) 788-6805. The Rescued Pup Boutique is a rescue-only pet store that rescues dogs of all sizes and ages available for adoption every day. The Rescued Pup Boutique also has the very best accessories for your pampered pooch. The Rescued Pup Boutique receives its dogs from high-intake / low funded shelters and they rescue the dogs when "their time at the shelter is up." By adopting from The Rescued Pup Boutique you are helping rescue more dogs and save more lives! Like Us On Facebook!

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