St. Augustine, Florida (PressExposure) April 13, 2009 -- The weather is warming up, roadwork is going on everywhere, construction sites are getting busy and snakes are on the move!
Welcome to Florida! There are 45 species of snakes in this state; of which 6 are venomous!
It has recently been brought to our attention, from the experience of friends and 2 of our students; there is a need for a workshop on training dogs to avoid snakes.
GOOD DOG! offers a workshop, employing "aversion training" as a means to train your dog, to avoid snakes. Aversion training is a severe training technique, where your dog should learn to recognize and avoid the snake, by the sight, smell and sound. This training technique should instill the "flight" rather than "fight" instinct many dogs have, when confronting a snake.
You should be prepared, if you are lucky enough to get your dog to your veterinarian on time for treatment; a single vial of anti-venom costs give or take, $1,000. Then you also have the additional expenses for the necessary procedures they will use, to save your pet's life. You can well expect the final tab to be $1,500 to $1,800...at least! There is no price tag on the heartache and stress. Most likely they will have that fateful encounter on a weekend or holiday!
GOOD DOG! would like to give you the opportunity to do what you can, to train your dog to avoid such encounters. Our guest speaker is Ted "Trapper Ted" Hagan. Mr. Hagan's roots run deep in St. Augustine. He is a direct descendent of one of the original Minorcan settlers. Since childhood Mr. Hagan has hunted, trapped and fished the woods, marshes and creeks of this area. Be it wild pig, rattlesnakes or sheephead, Mr. Hagan knows where to find them, and what to do with them.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, 2 May at 3 pm....if necessary due to rain, it will be moved to Sunday, 3 May at 3 pm. Space is limited. Bring a chair! Reservations (non-refundable) are necessary. So, check your calendar to be sure you can make it. For more information, give GOOD DOG! a call - 904 824-2079 visit http://www.freewebs.com/gooddogsite GOOD DOG! alumni receive a 20% discount.