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What Is Snake Avoidance

Dogs instinctively react to sight, sound, and smell, but can also be conditioned or trained to react in a specific manner in specific situations.  Training a dog to respond to the sight, sound, and smell of snakes is not a difficult process. What's more, snakes are not the only animals that a dog can learn to avoid.  We’ve worked with rattle snakes, poisonous toads, centipedes, scorpions, and black widow spiders.  If you can get the scent for an animal, you can train your dog what to do (move away) when encountering that scent by using the games in this class.

This class uses your dog’s intelligence, his fantastic nose, and his ability to navigate the environment via that nose.  Your dog will learn self-control when investigating new or interesting things, impulse control when movement catches his attention and kicks in the need to chase, the understanding of what to do when encountering a specific scent, sight, and/or sound, and how to alert any humans to the presence of a dangerous animal.

Come join us in a three week class where we meet twice a week to teach not only snake aversion, but self control, impulse control and how to ignore distractions.

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  • Teach your dog self control in all situations
  • Self control, distraction training, scent training and actually consulting your dog's understaning of what to do when seeing, hearing or smelling a snake.
  • Play simple games that teach your dog what to do when it senses a snake.  These games are easy, require very little learning for the human or the dog, and pack quite a training punch !

Jamie Robinson, owner of Play Your Way Obedience in Clearwater, FL and founder of Seize The Leash Canine Behavior Training in Tucson, Arizona, USA, has lived with and worked with dogs, cats, horses, and parrots for nearly 40 years. In the early days before the wealth of information on the internet, Jamie apprenticed under several local trainers in San Diego, Ca; Anchorage, Alaska; and Pinellas County, Florida. All those trainers were a variation of Monks of New Skete, Koehler, CW Meisterfeld, and Barbara Woodhouse.

In the late 80’s to the early 90’s Jamie adopted an Australian Shepard named Princess. This led Jamie to explore the agility arena and she started learning new training techniques and methods of handling behavior issues. This started a journey now known as “crossing-over.”

In 2004, Jamie moved to Tucson, Arizona and started developing a cutting edge philosophy and the methods to go along with it. This new methodology is called Structured Game Training and has its basis in the type of training done in the agility world, mostly by Susan Garrett. Structured Game Training lends itself to every aspect of training and behavior and creates a dog who can perceive and resolve the problems and puzzles of living in a human world.

Currently Jamie has self-published several books including Snake Avoidance Without Shock and Play Your Way To An Obedient Dog. Both books explain Structured Game Training and use games to achieve results in snake and other dangerous critter avoidance and teaching dogs how to live in our flat, complicated, multi-faceted world.

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Yay for Heidi and Snake Avoidance Without Shock!  AV

I have been playing games with my dogs from your Rattlesnake Avoidance Without Shock book. We are not yet through the six weeks of games. Last night we were able to use "leave it, away and outside" in real world application. My dogs were sniffing and acting unusual at something on the carpet. I didn't know what it was so I said "leave it!" and got off the couch to investigate. It was a scorpion! I yelled "Away!" as taught in the book, they backed up. I called for my daughter because I had no shoes, four dogs surrounding me, interested in the commotion, a tan scorpion on tan carpet, and nothing to kill it with. She came in to help me and I asked her to put the dogs out quickly. She said "outside" and they walked outside; we didn't have to chase them around or drag them out. I killed the scorpion and then used it for more avoidance games, just to be sure. Thanks for my training! I could have had an emergency vet visit! The avoidance games, whether they are for snakes, toads, or scorpions really work.