Preparing Your Dog
We ask that you fast your dog for 24 hours prior to each of your sessions.
Even if your dog is a very good eater it must be fasted for 24 hours. No amount of food drive actually makes up for authentic hunger. Authentic hunger is very important as it is required to help your dog during the “odour recognition” & “contrast” phases of training. The contrast phase is critical as it gives your dog clarity and prevents your dog from making inappropriate associations and thus sabotaging the reliability of the training.
No prior exercise or obedience
Please do NOT exercise your dog any time within the 24 hour fasting period. While you may normally find your dog easier to manage after exercise we require your dog to be full of energy and motivation.
We also ask that you please refrain from doing any obedience with your dog prior to the training. Obedience can inhibit your dogand we need the dog to stay open and happy to explore; we don’t want the dogs looking to the owners for permission to explore/investigate the snakes.
Dogs water bowl, dog lead and a secure well fitted collar with a metal buckle is required for both sessions.
Plastic clip on collars, choker chains, martingales, halti/gentle leaders are all inappropriate for this training.