The Western Rattler

Western-Rattlesnake-thumb2698850Emergence from hibernation can begin as early as March, depending on the species, location and the weather. Snakes will stay close to the hibernaculum in the spring, basking on nearby rocks during warmer day and returning to its safe depths during cold nights. This pattern will continue until the day and nighttime temperatures stabilize in the late spring; once they do  the snakes leave for their summer hunting grounds.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website has the follow to say about the Western Rattlesnake.

Emergence from hibernation can begin as early as March, depending on the species, location and weather. Snakes will stay close to the hibernaculum in the spring, basking on nearby rocks during warmer day and returning to its safe depths during cold nights. This pattern will continue until the day and nighttime temperatures stabilize

in the late spring and the snakes leave for their summer hunting grounds.

image5The inquisitive Weimaraner may be faced with a chance encounter of the worst kind. It is time to plan ahead for the Snake Aversion Clinic. It might be too early to register for a clinic, but finding out the date, and saving the necessary time slot would be a good move. A few years back, an OwyheeStar Weimaraner (Mica) and her sidekick, were hiking a trail in March. She came nose-to-nose with the rattler, and somehow escaped. Not every dog or person is going to be that fortunate.
Last year, one of our clients drove all the way from Camino Island to participate in the Snake Aversion Clinic hosted by the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF). This speaks volumes about the dedication, and investment in their beloved Weimaraner. We will repost the information on our Facebook page when we see it is available. If you are not able to make a trip to the Boise area, please check out your local sundog clubs, and with the trainers regarding this opportunity to educate your Weimaraner to avoid the rattlesnake.

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Posted on April 15, 2015, in Information and Education, OwyheeStar, Training and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m so glad that we have no rattlers here… Easy is sometimes like a doofus and resistent to learn… I never saw a dog who dragged a toad around twice :o( Our paws are crossed for all peeps and pets ….

    • I am glad you do not have the rattler in your area. Gosh, they even crawl in the city of Boise on occasion. Some report weeding their flower beds, and finding a baby rattler. Mostly, they stay in the sagebrush, dry, rocky areas. Nonetheless, people hike these places. Last year our friend Jeff Funke was bitten at an Idaho campground north of Emmett< Idaho.

  2. One of the gals I do agility with has done the training with her dogs (poodle and malinois), she is very thankful since she hikes in Boise all the time. We haven’t taken this course yet but do plan on it. As of now, we rely on the vaccination and leashes. I’m glad I know of several people who teach this year round.

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