Now, let’s review what just happened and explore a logical solution. A rattlesnake bite does not cause the dog instant pain; therefore, the dog does not understand that the rattlesnake caused the pain. Once the dog has recovered, the dog will go right back out and find another rattlesnake and go in for another curious close encounter, which will result in another bite. Dogs do not learn from a rattlesnake bite.
So why does a K9 rattlesnake aversion class work? Technology, timing, and psychology. A professional K9/Rattlesnake handler will patiently wait for the moment when the dog stares at and acknowledges the rattlesnake, then moves in too close! A correction is then made from a properly fitted e-collar. The collar is technology designed to correct negative behavior in dogs by rewarding with a shock to the sensitive nerves on the side of the dogs’ neck. This instant pain replaces the delayed pain of an actual rattlesnake bite. The pain delivers a powerful, instant message that this rattlesnake is bad news! The dog equates that proximity to the rattlesnake is responsible for the pain. Smart dogs get the message with one or two e-collar corrections. Some dogs just aren’t that smart and require more time and more corrections. Each dog and their personality is unique and requires a specific training approach. Some dogs are stubborn and some very passive.