BY MA & PAW KENNEL CANINE TRAINING SERVICES

                             (805) 523-3432

Dear Gina, I was walking near my house
yesterday with Dahlia, my Border Collie. We were on a dirt path and she was on a long

lead. Ahead I saw her stop, arch sideways, and take a wide berth around a spot in the trail. When I got there I saw a gopher hole...No snake but I feel certain she was remembering her training.Thought you’d like to know. I was pleased to see her reaction. SEE MORE>>>

We can also accommodate private Rattlesnake Avoidance Training at your home, ranch, or favorite trailhead.
Please call for a custom quote and to set up dates.


Bev M.
Dog Owner

about our TEAM

Gina Gables, owner of Ma & Paw Kennel since 1991, has been training dogs professionally for over 20 years.   She specializes in training pet dogs and their people.  She works primarily on obedience training and problem behavior modification, problems such as pulling on the leash or jumping on people to more extreme problems such as aggression, shyness and separation anxiety.

Gina personally trains every dog to recognize and avoid the scent, sound and sight of rattlesnakes it becomes aware of.  Gina has partnered with professional Herpetologists and Biologist Steve Gardener to supply, muzzle, handle and protect the welfare of the rattlesnakes. 

Steve Gardner is a graduate from the University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Herpetology and has 28 years of experience as a Wildlife Ecologist and Herpetologist.  He is qualified and has been authorized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to perform focused desert tortoise surveys and handling for the purpose of relocation and scientific research at management level. He was a Desert Tortoise Survey Workshop Field Instructor in 1993-94. He has performed biological surveys and monitoring for sensitive and endangered wildlife species in California, Arizona and Nevada.  

John Gardner is a biological field assistant/monitor certified by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services with 12 years of field experience. He is Gina and Steve’s assistant and also happens to be Steve’s son. 

Steve and John take great care of these snakes for our use.  The snakes receive mice on a regular schedule and bottled spring water. They maintain the snakes' well being 24/7. On training days, Steve and John muzzle the snakes, which is no easy task. We are grateful that these two men put their own lives at risk to ensure the safety of our dogs.

Smell Identification

When hiking with your dog, you may not be able to see or hear the snake. However, your dog can smell snakes! With the right training, he could save his and your life!

Sound Identification

Your dog is then introduced to the  SOUND of a rattlesnake,​ again aversive stimuli will be applied when the dog shows interest.

sight identification

We first introduce your dog to a snake they may SEE,​ when the dog shows interest a small amount of aversive stimuli is applied.

What to Expect