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Wet Weather and Wild Snakes

Snakes are much less active in winter – but anytime is a good time for Snake Avoidance Training for dogs. The sooner a dog learns about avoiding snakes the better, so young pups now is your time! Another benefit of attending our training sessions in the wet chilly winter months is that Animal Ark have… [more]
The training technique is surprisingly simple and takes less than 30 minutes for most dogs. We looked at various methods to help to try and prevent canine death and injury from snakebite. Having considered the options and travelled to see other trainers in action overseas we realised the e-collar method is the only viable and… [more]

Curiosity Can Kill

Owners are usually shocked. As our snake avoidance training begins 99% of dogs go straight up to the first snake (non venomous) it comes across. YES really, and imagine if that was a dugite or tiger snake rather than our friendly python. It makes you realize just how vulnerable dogs are to snakes – their… [more]

Aversion pros and cons

Aversion training for dogs – many are sceptical about the effectiveness of this training. Having been training here in Australia for over 3 years now we know very well that for most dogs, most of time it works very well indeed. We have had enough positive feedback where people have seen the aversion taking effect… [more]

Let Sleeping Snakes…

Despite popular belief, snakes do not hibernate! Snakes and many other species actually torpor; a semi hibernation state where the snake wakes to eat, drink or bask in some sunshine. Snakes are commonly referred to as cold blooded animals but the correct term is ectothermic;  this means these animals must rely mostly on external energy… [more]

Dog Nose Best

Humans and canines have a very different take on the environment they are in. We visualize the world whereas dogs smell it. I see a bowl of stew for example – I can see the ingredients and smell some too. But for a dog it’s quite different. The dog can see with the eyes a brownish… [more]

Keeping Snakes Away

Snakes like: messy yards, mice and rats, bush blocks, acreage, mice and rats, farms and agricultural areas, long grass, chooks, aviaries, water, frogs, mice and rats. Sheets of tin, junk (mice and rats) and cover to hide and live in. Don’t forget mice and rats! Snakes don’t like: kookaburras, monitors (bungarras), tidy yards, clean smells,… [more]

Australian Snakes

In Australia snakes can be found in almost any environment from the CBD to surrounding suburbs and from the beach to the bush. We have 188 species nationally and 100 in WA alone. Around Perth 21 species can be found. In Australia around a dozen snake types are considered dangerously venomous to both pets and… [more]

Veterinary Antivenom

We are not vets. However we work with and have trained several vets’ dogs and many of their customers’ dogs. It amazes me the devotion that many vets and vet nurses have to their work – some being available 24/7 especially for time critical emergencies like snakebite where snake antivenom may be required. Antivenom is… [more]

Training in the USA

In order to offer the very best aversion training in Australia we travelled overseas to the US to meet other trainers. In the US it is quite common practice, often called snake proofing, and well known to dog owners both for their pets and working/hunting dogs. In New River Arizona we met and stayed with… [more]
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