Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training
Jun 03, 2017 | 08:00AM - 03:00PM
The Idaho Chukar Foundation and Idaho Humane Society offer classes each year that are designed to teach dogs to avoid the sight, sound and smell of rattlesnakes and porcupines. This year, we're adding skunk avoidance training as well.
Training sessions for 2017 will take place between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd, at Julia Davis Park in Boise. Experienced dog handlers will work with your dog one-on-one and focus on your dog’s reaction and body language to a snake, porcupine or skunk. The avoidance behavior is taught by putting a remote controlled electronic collar on the dog. When the dog’s attention is on the snake, porcupine or skunk, an unpleasant stimulation is applied to the dog. The stimulation is similar to static electricity. The session takes about 15 minutes depending on the dog, though most dogs learn the avoidance behavior quickly.
NOTE: A dog can be registered for ONLY ONE training session – rattlesnake, porcupine or skunk. Veterinarian behavioral canine science has indicated that a second training session within the same day or week is too much stimulation for one dog.
You can read more about each type of training on our event page
Register for rattlesnake avoidance training
The class is $60. A second dog owned by the same family may be added for $50 and any additional dogs are $30. Please note that no refunds are available.
Register for rattlesnake avoidance refresher training
If you have participated in rattlesnake avoidance training organized by ICF and IHS with your dog in the past, the same dog(s) may sign up for a refresher course between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. for $30.
Register for porcupine avoidance training
The class is $40 per dog.
Register for porcupine avoidance refresher training
If you have participated in the porcupine avoidance training organized by ICF and IHS with your dog in the past, the same dog(s) may sign up for a refresher course for $25.
Register for skunk avoidance training
The class is $30 per dog.
If you would like to pay with a method other than credit card, you can register at the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 Dorman St. The shelter store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.