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Rattlesnake avoidance clinics for dogs set for October

Posted: August 31, 2010 6:07 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2010 6:07 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Chapter of Quail Unlimited (SCVQU) will host two rattlesnake avoidance clinics for dogs, just in time for the upland hunting seasons.

The first clinic is set for Saturday, Oct. 2, at Frazier Park. Call (661) 245-3731 or (819) 367-4158 for the venue location.

The second clinic is slated for Sunday, Oct. 3, at De Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas 91302.

Rattlesnakes are found throughout the nation. No one wants to be surprised by one along a hiking trail, in the field, or worse, in your own backyard. Even with the new antivenin shots, it's still best not to have your dog get bit. A dog trained to avoid rattlers also warns you and the family that a rattler is present.

Bob Kettle, considered one of the leading experts in snake avoidance training, will conduct the clinics. Kettle has held clinics with Quail Unlimited chapters for more than 15 years. He is approved by the California DFG and has been conducting clinics for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, US Navy and Air Force.

Training costs $65 for the first dog and $60 for the second. All training is by appointment only.

The Santa Clarita Valley Chapter of Quail Unlimited works in the Las Padres National Forest in the area around Frazier Park.


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