FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS
The most common questions about dog snake avoidance training
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SNAKE BITE IN A DOG?
The more common signs and symptoms of snake bite in a dog involve:
Weakness followed by collapse
Shaking or Twitching
Dilated Pupils or Difficulty Blinking
Loss of bladder or bowel control.
Blood in urine.
There may be other signs and this is not an exhaustive list. If in doubt, take your dog to a vet to get checked.
The signs of a snake bite are dependent upon the type of snake that bit your dog. Symptoms can vary significantly.
There is not always necessary all of the below symptoms. Only 1 or 2 of the symptoms may occur or more. If in doubt, take your dog to a vet.
IF YOU SUSPECT A SNAKE BITE IN YOUR DOG...
If you think your dog has been bitten by a snake:
Keep calm yourself and control your own emotions
Keep your dog calm as possible and reduce stimulus around him.
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.
Take your dog to the Vet ASAP. (The quicker you do this, the more chance of survival).
WHAT DOES SNAKE HUNTER CANINE SNAKE AVOIDANCE DO DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHERS IN YOUR FIELD?
The Snake Hunter is the only person in Victoria who has been formally trained by Seth Pywell (Canine Behaviour Specialist) of Perth - Founder of Canine Snake Avoidance in Australia.
DO YOU HAVE GENERAL ADVICE ?
Train your dog, and train him/her very well.
When going for a walk, if your dog is properly obedience trained, you will be able to recall your dog when they go too far away from you
If your dog has good recall, you can call him away from a snake.
When going for a walk, stay on the path and away from the edges.
If your dog smells something and finds curiosity in it, pay attention to what your dog is doing.
Do NOT let your dog play with dead snakes.
Teach your dog not to go near snakes/lizards/reptiles.
Keep your dog on a lead at all times when walking. Make this a short lead so you have full control of your dog.
WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING METHODOLOGY?
Dogs are taught through classical and operant conditioning to avoid snakes they identify visually (sight) and through olfactory (smell) senses. This is done with a variety of snakes in a variety of scenarios across two separate training sessions.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WITH PET INSURANCE?
Not all insurance policies are the same, so it is important to choose your policy wisely. It is important to understand what are the 'sub limits' of the policy. Sub limits are restrictions on how much you can claim.
WHICH TYPES OF ANIMALS DOES CANINE SNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAIN?
At this stage, we only train dogs to avoid Australian snakes. In future we may expand to other animals. Stay tuned for more details.
WHAT DOES CANINE SNAKE AVOIDANCE DO DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHERS IN YOUR FIELD?
Mark Pelley is the only person in Victoria trained by Seth Pywell in canine snake avoidance. Our training is based exclusively on Seth Pywell's techniques and methods to promote the most reliable outcomes for your dog. When it comes to canine snake avoidance training, choose only the best.