Thank you to the Idaho Humane Society and the Idaho Chukar Foundation for putting on this annual event.

Rattlesnake and Porcupine Avoidance Training. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Julia Davis Park

2016 Rattlesnake Avoidance Dog Training Workshop & Expo
8am to 3pm, Saturday, June 4th
Location: Boise’s Julia Davis Park
Cost: $60/1st dog; $50/2nd dog; $40 3rd dog+ (per family registration)

The Idaho Chukar Foundation and Idaho Humane Society offer a class each year that’s designed to teach dogs to avoid the sight, sound and smell of rattlesnakes. This year, we’re adding porcupine avoidance training as well.

Training sessions for 2016 will take place between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Julia Davis Park in Boise.

NOTE: A dog can be registered for ONLY ONE training session – Rattlesnake or Porcupine – not both. Veterinarian behavioral canine science has indicated that a second training session in the same day/week is too much stimulation for a given dog.

Rattlesnakes are abundant throughout the area, especially in the summer. If you hike, hunt, fish, camp or live in a rural area, your dog may be at risk for a rattlesnake bite. And without emergency treatment, dogs can die from a rattlesnake bite. Bitten dogs may have to be treated for several days in the hospital, and costs can reach into the thousands. A dog detecting a rattlesnake can signal an owner to avoid the snake.

About rattlesnake avoidance training

During rattlesnake avoidance training, every effort is made to teach dogs to avoid the sight, smell and sound of a rattlesnake. This is done by using live gopher snakes, which are non-venomous but exhibit the same aggressive behavior as rattlesnakes. The gopher snakes are loose on the ground but controlled by a certified snake handler from the Idaho Herpetology Society. The avoidance behavior is taught by putting a remote-controlled electronic collar on the dog. When the dog’s attention is on the snake, 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; most dogs learn to avoid the snake quickly.


Experienced dog handlers will work with your dog one-on-one and will focus on your dog’s reaction and body language to the snake. The handlers are active sportsmen and gun dog owners. The class is $60. A second dog owned by the same family may be added for $50 and any additional dogs are $40. Please note that no refunds are available.

CLICK HERE to Register for Rattlesnake Training NOW!


Refresher training: Past registrants only

If you participated in the rattlesnake avoidance training organized by ICF and IHS with your dog one of the past three years, the same dog(s) may sign up for a refresher course between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. for $30.

CLICK HERE to Register for Refresher Training NOW!

All 2016 registrants will receive a digital copy of the “Dog Owner’s Reference Guide: Post Rattlesnake Avoidance Dog Training.”

About Porcupine Avoidance Training

Porcupine aversion training for dogs has been shown to be safe and effective in helping prevent dogs getting quilled. Animal Behaviorist suggests that every dog can be trained to avoid being struck by a porcupine with quills. ICFI/IHS confirms that both the dogs and porcupines will be humanely treated during the training process. (Porcupines used during the porcupine avoidance training are all from Idaho and captured and released in the same location they are found.)

Upland bird hunters and outdoor people can expose their dogs to a variety of wildlife. Not only may porcupines be found, but rattlesnakes as well.

Being knowledgeable about porcupine ecology, behavior and avoidance is the best method for preventing your dog from getting quilled.


The class is $30 per dog

CLICK HERE to register for Porcupine Avoidance Training NOW!

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Idaho Chukar Foundation and Idaho Humane Society, both 501c3 non-profit organizations.

For more information, call Drew Wahlin at (208) 608-0833 or email

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