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Mark Pelley - The Snake Hunter's current dog is named: "Star" (Pictured). She is a border collie cross and features in a lot of videos about dogs and dog training. As such, at Canine Snake Avoidance, We have also trained many border collies to avoid snakes and are very familiar with the border collie breed. Learn more about border collies below:

Official Classification: ANKC - Working Dog

Country of Origin:        Scotland (Anglo - Scottish Border Region)

Size:  Males (48 - 53cm at withers), Females 46 - 51cm

Weight:  Males between 14 - 28kg, Females 12 - 19kg.


Border Collie Canine Snake Avoidance

Border Collies are highly intelligent dogs that do well in almost all types of training. They respond extremely well to Canine Snake Avoidance Training and quickly progress to advanced levels. The Snake Avoidance Training has to be specifically tailored for Border Collies due to their high drive, herding instinct and tendency towards anxiety.

This video shows a 7 month old Border Collie Puppy progressing through Canine Snake Avoidance training both around the home and in a public setting. Training includes both non venomous and venomous snakes and is inclusive of both snake visualisation and scent training for border collies.

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Why is Canine Snake Avoidance Necessary?

Canine Snake Avoidance is necessary as 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).

A snakes WILL at some point enter and spend time in your back yard and around your house and be near your dog.

Symptoms of A Snake Bite

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

Canine Snake Avoidance


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).

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How Does the Training Work?

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.


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


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