In this post I’m going to continue my discussion about how to keep your dog safe in the great outdoors. Particularly from snakes.
Snakes are a danger to dogs in threefold:
Their strong musk scent triggers a dog’s sense of smell.
Their rattling sound easily lures a dog’s impeccable hearing.
The way a snake moves … it triggers a dog’s prey drive.
Also, researchers have discovered some rattlesnakes are not rattling anymore! Some even have their rattles atrophied! In fact, they believe this new rattlesnake generation are more aggressive, since they’re missing a key protective element — their rattle.
TRAINING can save a dog’s life — it’s important to keep in mind dogs are still animals driven by instinct and that usually takes over when a new situation is presented. Therefore, it’s REALLY important to work on their prey drive and how quickly they responds to verbal and hand signals in spite of the distracting sights, sounds and smells of the trail.
You know, we are SO blessed to have easy access to amazing hiking trails … all we need is to be proactive.
Enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, because there is nothing more magical than sharing new experiences … such as watching a dog’s burst of excitement at the first sound of a waterfall! It’s priceless!
We never know what life has in store for us … so let’s live our life with the same unyielding desire to explore as dogs do, because what truly matters is … LIVE in the MOMENT.
With love and kindness,