Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Snakes, snakes and more snakes!

Good thing that Mum taught me to avoid snakes and alert when I see them!

The other day I was smelling something along the fence line near the drive and true to my training, I tilted my head and Mum instantly knew I had alerted on another snake.

I was about two feet away, but started getting closer, when Mum called me to come to hear, giving me lots of good boys, lots of them!

After getting me and Gracie inside the cabin, Mum went back out and started looking around and at first didn't see anything. Just then she looked on the outside of the fence and wow, there it was....

Thankfully not a dangerous or venomous snake, but a nice big garter snake. Our good, new friend and twitter helper, Dr. David @AlongsideWild confirmed for Mum that it was a garter snake, a 3.5 footer, no less!

The snake came through the fence, into our yard, down the railroad tie that holds part of the mountain back, and then slithered back through the other side of the fence, heading for the pond, with Mum encouraging it all the way.

We're keeping up my training, just in case someday we encounter a Copperhead.


  1. You now have our mom squirming in her chair. She doesn't like snakes!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  2. What a fantastic bit of useful training. How did you do it?

  3. And THAT is the one reason I cannot bring myself to move to the woods as I would like to do. Brave girl Johann and Mom~

  4. @Parlance Here's how we did it: http://blog.johannthedog.com/2013/06/snake-avoidance-training-using-clicker.html

    A post not too long ago. Worked great for me!

    @Reba....awww, there are dangers everywhere, BOL!

    @Mitch&Molly...Mum doesn't like snakes either! She's looking into a snake fence for the bottom of our current fence, should keep them out of our yard at least!


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