Category Archives: Snake Avoidance


The Danger Best Avoided



Our Grandson shows the first snake of the season at a ranch home south of Nyssa, OR

The premiere Snake River Snake Aversion Clinic is slated for June 12th. This event draws a goodly number of participants. These folks benefit from their dogs learning to avoid the dangerous rattlesnake–and the encounter of this sort might end badly. Hiking the trails with your inquisitive Weimaraner means it is smart to have them aversion trained.13239234_10208015339814886_2229956286592824079_n



Not What You Think


The Weimar might bring an occasion rodent, bird, or the found object to the door. Nevertheless, for most of us, there is a limit to our excitement for these gifts.

I am reminded of an adventure Leon, and I had when I about four years old. We came back from the woodsy neighborhood trek with a stick wrapped with a rattlesnake. We thought it was great. We didn’t understand the dangers. We had found this great snake, and it was dead. We just wanted to share our delight which was met with shrieks and a stern warning never to touch another snake. Today, I have no love for snakes even though I am acutely aware of the benefits they provide.

This story ended better than it began. Jessica writes:

Timber brought this snake out of the trees today while we were on our walk. Freaked me out until I realized it was a rubber snake.

It is the truth that this turned out well; however, for most of it, there would have been a certain amount of alarm. We say, rightly so. How on earth would you get then to leave a dangerous snake without getting hurt? There is a scary thought.

The Snake River Versatile Gun Dog Club

Today Marks Twenty Years

Snake LogoYou have no idea what it takes to put this event on. Heidi Wayne Funke has championed this cause along with her husband, Jeff, for twenty years. It takes dedication, and a type of stamina many of us could not fathom. After working a long day at FedEx, she goes home almost every spring evening to work on this event. There are countless phone calls to make, as well as details to organize. It takes a lot of organizational-ability, and more than a little knack to get the necessary volunteers. We know she is thankful for the faithful, who help year-in-and-year out; however, without her this event could not continue. Not only is this great for dog owners, the organization has given back to the community.

Protect them from their curiosity

Protect them from their curiosity

When you see this little green snake emblem, remember who has made this possible. Furthermore, keep in mind the beautiful person who orchestrates this for those who have a beloved fur family member. No one wants their pet to be lost to a snake bite.

The time you invest could save both you, and your companion. Your pet will learn how to avoid rattlesnakes by sight, smell, and sound. How great is that? This is important for hikers, campers, hunters, and anyone enjoying the great-outdoors.

Thank You

          Snake River Versatile Hunting Dog Club

OwyheeStar wants to stop, and say thank you. We appreciate you (the SRVGDC, and Heidi and Jeff Funke) for making this an annual event for twenty years.

It is Not Too Late  

The 2015 Registration is now Closed.

Nevertheless, you may still have your dog trained as a walk-up customer for $60. Here are the details:


Sunday ~ June 14, 2015

  • Veterans Memorial Park in Boise, Idaho
  • 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • $50.00 per dog with a reservation.
  • $60.00 per dog without a reservation.  Walk-ups are welcome.
  • Dogs must be 6 months or older.
  • All breeds accepted for training.
  • Each dog takes approximately 20 minutes to complete the training.
  • Red Rock Biologics Rattlesnake vaccine administered by Idaho Veterinary Hospital at $13 per vaccination.

They also partner with Idaho Fish and Game who will be presenting a Trap Awareness seminar. The Trap Awareness seminar is Free and No Appointment is Required.    You are encouraged to visit the Idaho Fish and Game’s fascinating exhibit anytime throughout our Community Service event!

Idaho’s Premier

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

is conducted by

The Snake River Versatile Gun Dog Club

A Non-Profit Organization Since 1988

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