Ironically just yesterday while hiking up Black Mountain with Riley, Mako stuck his nose in a bush and jumped back and we immediately heard the rattle... the snake was heading down the hill into the bushes and Mako was definitely cautious- did not seem interested in hunting.
Nevertheless we had scheduled aversion training this AM. We arrived at a beautiful spot on Poway Road and there were lots of dogs "waiting" They strap on a shock collar, the handler takes the dog (not Mako is shaking and almost whining already) and they head into the field. We followed to the other trainer and saw the rather large snake on the ground. No fangs (so they say) He walks Mako near the snake, the snake rattles and Mako is backing off and not
Seems a bit harsh....but the risk of a snakebite on the trails miles from home coule kill him. He was soon his old self....and I am 100% confident he will not be seeing out snakes!! $75 and 10 minute and we were off to the airport...
Headed to Denver for an overnight and the Minneapolis for the week of work.