We just had a Triplog posted where the Dog hiking with the HAZ member found a Rattlesnake. Luckily he wasn't bitten. Snakebites can be lethal to Dogs, and even if your Dog survives, the Vet Bill can run into thousands of dollars. So, even though Snake Season is almost over, I thought I would go ahead and post a couple of Resources for Snake Training and Proofing for your Dog. You can reference this topic anytime by simply entering Snake Proofing into the Forum Topic Search Bar.
Bill Gibbons (Magma Bird Dogs)
Partners Dog Training
I highly recommend that you use a Trainer that uses Electric Shock Deterrent as well as trains the dog in an environment that would most match the scenario. (Unleashed Dog encountering a loose Snake without the Owner babysitting) Trainers using this type of Equipment and Scenario Training use milked, defanged Rattlesnakes for the safety of the Dog.
Some may argue that Shock Collars are inhumane, but it gets the message across in the best way possible and it's a lesson that stays with the dog. I would rather put my Dog through a little stress now, than watch it fight for it's life in a Vet Hospital for a week later.
And it is always a good idea to put your Dog through a refresher course every once in awhile as well....
If you are interested in reading about the Rattlesnake Venom Vaccine for Dogs, that topic has been covered on this Forum as well... viewtopic.php?f=75&t=4968