The Most Effective Means To Teach Dogs To Avoid Snakes


Requirements For An E-Collar

Regulation 24 of the above regulations specify the requirements for the use of electronic collars. An exact copy of these regulations is below:A person must not use an authorised electronic collar on a dog or cat unless— (a) a veterinary practitioner has examined the physical health and temperament of the dog or cat and reasonably believes that the dog or cat is suitable to have an authorised electronic collar used on it; and (b) the dog or cat is over 6 months of age; and (c) a collar is not left on the dog or cat for more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period; and (d) the use is in accordance with any instructions for use of the collar provided by the manufacturer; and (e) the dog or cat is introduced to the use of the collar in accordance with a training program that complies with the Victorian Code of Practice for the Training of Dogs and Cats to Wear Electronic Collars; and (f) the design and technical specifications of the collar comply with standards that have been approved by the Minister and published in the Government Gazette.

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In accordance with Regulation 5 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019, an electronic collar is defined as any animal collar capable of implementing/imparting an electric shock to an animal. For the purpose of training, we use Remote Training Collars.

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E-Collars are very misunderstood tools that when used appropriately, can be very effective in teaching your dog when other methods have been proven to not be effective.  When considering the dangers, risks, costs and significant pain/death associated with a snake bite, e-collars have been historically used by qualified trainers to teach dogs to stay away from snakes. It is important to understand there may be a place for e-collars.

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There are set requirements for the use of e-collars and further there is also a code of practice. Please see the links below for more information:

Department of Agriculture Requirements

Department of Agriculture - E-Collars

Code of Practice

For more information, go to or call The Snake Hunter on 0403 875 409

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The Code of Practice

The code of practice for training dogs to use e-collars sets out the MINIMUM standards for the use of e-collars and includes the following:

• Prior to the use of an e-collar, it is important to identify the cause of the problem. The dog owner needs to first seek professional advice from a vet, qualified dog trainer or animal behaviourist to provide recommendations prior to the commencement of an e-collar.

• Dog owners need to ensure that a veterinarian has been first consultant to the dog’s psychological health, prior to the use of a collar. Failure to do so could increase risks such as: increasing the dogs anxiety, decreasing their ability to learn, developing incorrect associations, not addressing the underlying issue, inducing a new aggressive response, causing confusion or more.

• E-collars must not be used in pregnant or nursing females, dogs with health issues that contradict the use of an e-collar or animals incapable of responding appropriately.

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