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DOGS & SNAKES

Snake Avoidance Safety Management:

  • Snakes need shelter and food – remove these options.

  • Don’t leave dog bowls and scraps out to attract mice and rats. Ensure livestock feeds are in sealed containers. Fix dripping taps.

  • Clean up yard. Don't leave tin lying/timber lying around for snakes to shelter under

  • Snake proof dog enclosures – use a good quality chicken/bird netting

  • Keep grasses low so you can see snakes moving around in need

  • Don’t use poison as this could injure or kill native bird

  • Keep dogs on lead during warmer months and avoid areas with long grass and/or water

Training:

  • Teach a good recall so your dog wants to come back to you (before he/she sees a snake)

  • Practice a 'swap' or 'leave it' from uninteresting objects initially before moving onto something with higher value

  • Play games with your dog so being with you is always fun! The Counting Game, Runaway Game and Middle are good games to start with

  • Use high value smelly treats for training and have a selection in your treat pouch at all times

  • Try different types of reinforcement when training. What does your dog like most? Toys, balls, games, ropes, treats?

  • Start recalls in a non distracting environment before progressing to an area with more distractions

  • Use a long lead for safety when training outdoors and/or in an open area

  • If you have multiple dogs, train each dog separately before training them together

  • Never punish, no matter how long it takes your dog to return to you. He/she will learn that coming back to you is not a safe place to be

  • Contact snake catcher to remove the snake

Symptoms of a snake bite:

  • Paralysis (often hind limbs first)

  • Collapse/wobbly

  • Puncture wound (can be hard to see on furry dogs)

  • Dilated pupils. May be staring 'straight ahead'

  • Swelling of face and head

  • Salivation

  • Laboured breathing

  • shaking/tremours

  • dilated pupils

  • vomiting

  • Blood in urine

  • Coughing

  • Pale gums (mucous membranes)

In the event of a snake bite:

  • Get dog to Vet immediately. Call ahead and let them know you are coming

  • Keep dog as calm and still as possible

  • Don't cut the wound, such out the venom or tourniquet the limb

  • Don't touch the snake. Take a photo if possible for ID purposes

  • Don't wash the wound

If you see a snake in the vicinity of your dog, it is always a good idea to head over to the Vet for a checkup. Symptoms of snake bite may not always manifest immediately. Its better to be safe than sorry! Need a snake relocated? Orange Snake Catchers number - Jake - Ph: 0414 945 124

Bathurst Snake Catcher - Stef - Ph: 0477 997 361

Cheers, Toby xx

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