What is snakebite prevention training?
Who should take the class?
I personally believe that almost all dogs should take this class. In pet CPR classes I always remind dog owners that although it sounds mean, treating a snakebite is expensive and often the bite is fatal. The brief shock caused by the training will far offset the alternative: a long and painful treatment for a venomous bite. The training is necessary for anyone that hikes regularly with their dog, especially in areas like Fort Collins where rattlesnakes are extremely common in the summer months.
How often does the training need to be done?
Often a recheck session is recommended later that year or the following year. Service dogs are required to be trained and regularly retested to make sure they retain their training. For most dogs one recheck and then maybe a few years later is sufficient. Most dogs never have to be shocked again after the initial session.
Who hosts the training?
In Colorado training is most often hosted by a rescue or service dog group as a fundraiser. Keep an eye on our events calendar and local animal groups for news of an upcoming Snakebite Prevention Training class!