Dog Snake Avoidance Training


Protect your Dog

Your dog is your best friend. One snake bite can result in their death and a vet bill of around $7000 on average. Each week I attend properties where at least 5 dogs are bitten by snakes during peak snake season. Canine Snake Avoidance is well known and published for teaching dogs to effectively avoid snakes. To learn more about canine snake avoidance, click HERE or call 0491 120 668.

Canine Sake Avoidance Training

What is Canine Snake Avoidance Training

Canine Snake Avoidance Training is teaching your dog to avoid (stay away) from snakes. Mark Pelley - The Snake hunter teaches dogs to avoid snakes through the use of both operant and classical conditioning so your dog learns cognitively to stay away from snakes and also develops a negative association with snakes. This enables the dog to develop the understanding to stay away from snakes regardless of the location, type of snake or whether or not the owner is present at home. Originally developed in Australia by dog behaviourist Seth Pywell (Perth), this concept of training has been developed and refined over time and is now on offer in Victoria. Don't let your dog be at risk. Mark Pelley is the only person in Victoria directly taught by Seth in proper dog snake avoidance.

Dog Snake Protection

Why is Canine Snake Avoidance Necessary?

Australia has the most venomous snakes in the world. Australia has more venomous snakes than non venomous snakes. Of the top 10 most venomous snakes, 5 are from Australia. These include:

  • Death Adder (9th most venomous snake in the world)

  • Tiger Snake (5th Most venomous)

  • Coastal Taipan (3rd most venomous)

  • Eastern Brown (2nd most venomous)

  • Inland Taipan (Most venomous land snake on Earth).

There are so many other venomous snakes across Australia that pose a risk that we could dedicate an entire webpage to this very topic. The important point to note is that snakes WILL at some point enter and spend time in your back yard and around your house. Otherwise, your dog will come across snakes as part of a walk or outdoor activity. When you are around, you can recall your dog back to you away from a snake, provided you have trained it enough. What will your dog do when you're not around? The most important step you can take is to teach your dog canine snake aviodance. If you don't, you run the risk that your dog will be bitten by a snake.

Symptoms of a Snake Bite

How bad is a snake bite in a dog?

The effects of snake bites in dogs is catastrophic. The effects emotionally on you watching your dog slowly die from a snake bite can scar your whole family. The following symptoms are indicative of a snake bite:

  • vomiting and diarrhea

  • excessive salivation

  • weakness followed by collapse

  • shaking or twitching

  • loss of bladder or bowel control

  • blood in urine

  • stiffness and paralysis

  • Dilated pupils

  • Collapse


Mark Pelley The Snake Hunter frequently appears in the media for consultative advice on canine snake avoidance

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If you have not trained your dog in canine snake avoidance, it may be bitten by a snake. If you think your dog has been bitten by a snake, take the following steps:

  • Keep calm yourself and control your own emotions

  • Keep your dog calm as possible and reduce stimulus around them.

  • Remove people who will make the situation worse.

  • Do NOT wash the wound.

  • NEVER try to catch or kill the snake yourself.

  • Apply a firm bandage (without restricting blood flow) around the affected limb (if possible) but do NOT torniquet the bite site.

  • However it is more likely that your dog has been bitten on the face. In this case, do NOT bandage.

  • Call The Snake Hunter on 0403 875 409 to attend and catch the snake.

  • Take your dog to the Vet ASAP. (The quicker you do this, the more chance of survival).


Canine Snake Avoidance can be conducted at your home or venue of choice. Classes are conducted in 1:1 sessions or small groups. Dog  training will be based entirely on Seth Pywell's Canine Snake Avoidance Training Program and customised for your specific dog's needs and personality.

The training occurs over 2 days with a gap between training sessions. Day 1 of training is where the cognitive aspects of the training occur and the dog learns to move away from snakes upon visual contact. Day 2 of training reinforces what is learned on day 1 and also teaches snake avoidance when your dog smells snakes.

There is plenty of time between the multiple training scenarios that occur on each day to ask questions and whereby there will be explanations as to each aspect of the training.


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