Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training For Your Dog
June 2, 2017

Have you wanted to get your dog the proper training to avoid other animals that may harm them? If so, this Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training event is for you!

Event Details:

Where: Julia Davis Park in Boise

When: June 3, 2017 from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Price: Between $25 and $60

Why: To help keep your dog safe!

The Idaho Chukar Foundation and Idaho Humane Society are offering classes to help your dog learn how to smell and see rattlesnakes, skunks, and porcupines. In these sessions, your dog will have a one-on-one training where an experienced dog trainer or handler will teach avoidance behavior and work on training your dog’s reaction to these animals.

Class Options

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training

Price$60, second dog in same family: $50, any additional dogs: $30. Refresher course between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.: $30.

Register for Rattlesnake Avoidance Training here and Rattlesnake Refresher Course here.

Porcupine Avoidance Training

Price$40 per dog. Refresher course: $25 per dog.

Register for Porcupine Avoidance Training here and Porcupine Refresher Course here.

Skunk Avoidance Training

Price: $30 per dog.

Register for Skunk Avoidance Training here.

You are only allowed to register your dog for ONE event. Research shows that a second training session within the same day or week is too much stimulation for one dog and the training will not be effective.

Why Is This Training Important?


In the summers in Idaho, rattlesnakes are very common. If your family loves to hike and camp with your dog, your dog may encounter a rattlesnake. These bites can be deadly to our dogs if not treated immediately. It can also be extremely expensive to treat these bites. To avoid this health danger and these high costs, teaching your dog to avoid them is a great proactive skill. Your dog will be taught to avoid the sight, smell, and sound of a rattlesnake. The trainers use gopher snakes, which are non-venomous, but have a similar behavior to rattlesnakes.


Porcupines pose the danger of quilling our dogs. Teaching our dogs how to effectively avoid them will prevent them from being quilled and injured in that way. The porcupines used to train your dog are treated humanely and released back into the same location they were taken from.


Your dog can encounter a skunk at anytime, but usually at night. Skunks will spray as a last resort and their spray can travel up to 15 feet. Not only will your dog smell like a skunk, but it will also sting their eyes as a way to temporarily blind them. During this training, your dog will learn how to identify and avoid skunks using stuffed skunks and prey scents.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Idaho Chukar Foundation and Idaho Humane Society. For more information, call Drew Wahlin at (208) 608-0833 or email idahochukarfoundation@hotmail.com

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