It’s getting hotter and rattlesnakes are out - register your dog now for rattlesnake avoidance classes

Rattlesnakes use their rattles at the end of their tail when threatened.
Rattlesnakes use their rattles at the end of their tail when threatened.
Updated: Jun. 6, 2019 at 3:02 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Humane Society of Southern Arizona provides rattlesnake avoidance classes for dogs and there are several dates to sign up.

These classes are potentially lifesaving for you and your pet, as it teaches them to avoid snakes and helps warn you when one might be in striking distance. Dogs learn to use their eyes, ears, and noses to learn how to avoid the rattlesnakes.

Tuition for training is $105 for the first dog, which includes one follow-up session (if necessary). If registering a second dog, the fee is $85; each dog must be accompanied by a separate handler.

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When purchasing tickets online, one ticket is required for each dog enrolled in the class.

Dogs must be at least 6 months of age and in good health; proof of current vaccinations must be provided at class to participate. There must be at least one handler per dog and retractable leashes are not allowed.

Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and are conducted by Arizona Animal Experts, Inc. on the following dates:

  • June 11
  • July 2
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23
  • July 30
  • August 6
  • August 13

Questions? Contact Stephanie Gary at or (520) 321-3704, Ext. 125.

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