It's time for snake aversion training!


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Rattlesnakes may be silently slithering in your yard!

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It's time for Tucson Toad Aversion Training!

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Teach your Golden how to avoid these poisonous critters!

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Baxter: from fearful to playful with the help of his very own therapy dog!

Baxter and Kerri grooming timeMy husband Mel and I adopted Dexter, now named Baxter, from RAG of AZ 10 weeks ago.

Dexter arrived at our house late on a Saturday evening after being transported from his foster home in Prescott. My husband and I, and our 9 year-old Portuguese Water dog, Kerri, greeted him at the entrance to our front garden to get acquainted before taking him inside to see his new home. Baxter and Kerri had a wonderful greeting however Baxter was decidedly nervous of humans and tried to back away from us.  Once inside he was understandably nervous and really didn’t know what to make of this strange new house he was about to know as home.

That night and for the next two weeks Baxter was a very nervous boy who wouldn’t go through doorways unless he was on a leash – even then it was a struggle for him. He wouldn’t explore the house, didn’t know how to eat out of an elevated dish, was scared of the refrigerator and most noises, didn’t know what to do with vegetables that Kerri was eating and he certainly wasn’t too sure of these new humans who were there.  Baxter was very thin and didn’t have his “Golden  smile,” his tail was usually down or between his legs.  He really only felt comfortable when he was outside in the garden playing with Kerri. Baxter didn’t show any of the “Golden” personality we have known and loved over 25 years and 4 precious Goldens – now sadly no longer with us.  By the way, Kerri is a registered therapy dog and makes regularly visits to hospitals and is a care giver at the church.

Happy Baxter

Slowly Baxter warmed to his surroundings and my husband and me; we gave him time to adjust on his terms and didn’t overwhelm him with affection and “fussing” unless he instigated it. The two dogs became very bonded almost immediately – Baxter had his very own therapy dog!

With moral support from your team we took each day one step at a time. We cannot thank you enough for the support you give to your adoptive families and the Goldens; you are truly amazing!

Baxter has made huge strides in his recovery. His tail wags constantly, he has a wonderful Golden smile, has gained weight and looks magnificent and most of all he’s become the youngster with curiosity, playfulness and love that he deserves.  We have made fantastic progress with his training and are beginning to widen his scope of socializing.  He’s just a wonderful boy who has made our family whole. Thank you.

Louise and Mel C

Snakes Alive!

rattlesnake1Sure signs of spring in the desert: warming weather, blooming cacti — and rattlesnakes slithering out of their dens.

The information in the article that following was drawn from two sources, an article by Douglas Kreutz written for the Arizona Daily Star and from the website.


Rattlesnakes typically come out of their winter dens in March or April, but uncommonly warm winter and spring weather brought some out earlier this year, said Randy Babb, a biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

“We had those real warm snaps early on, so they’ve been out for a while,” Babb said, noting that snake sightings have been common.

“We saw eight or so of them when we were out on a research project recently,” he said.


Babb said Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnakes, with eight or nine species living in Southeastern Arizona, depending on how the region is defined.

They range far and wide — from deserts, canyons and forests to urban backyards.

Some rattlers slither a mile or more from their dens to places where they spend the summer, Babb said.


Rattlesnakes — sometimes called “buzzworms” because of the buzzing sound of their rattles — sometimes rattle before striking, but not always.

Some rattlesnake bites are so-called “dry bites” in which no venom is injected.

“During the last two seasons, the dry-bite rate was 19 percent in our patients,” Boesen said.

He said the best response to a bite is to go immediately to a medical facility for examination and treatment with anti-venom if needed.

“No cutting, no sucking, no tourniquets — none of that,” Boesen advised. “Just get to a hospital.”

He said plenty of anti-venom is available in Arizona this year.

Boesen and Babb said deaths from rattlesnake bites are extremely rare, and that there have been no known recent snakebite deaths in Southern Arizona.

Avoid rattlesnake bites

These tips for avoiding rattlesnake bites were provided by Keith Boesen, director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, and Randy Babb, a biologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

• Be on the lookout for rattlesnakes — whether on a remote hiking trail or in your own backyard.
• Watch where you put your hands and feet. Avoid reaching into areas obscured by brush or rocks.
• "Don't approach or provoke snakes," Babb said. "A lot of people get bit while trying to capture, kill or tease snakes."
• "If you encounter a snake, take one or two steps back and you should be out of striking range," Boesen said.
• Some fire departments will remove rattlesnakes from a confined yard or house. Check with the department covering your area for information.


We can learn to protect ourselves by applying some of these commonsense precautions, however, a trip to your local pet trainer may be advisable for your four-legged friend. Click here to find a list of RAGofAZ trainer partners. You can then contact them about the snake avoidance training.



“Thanks, the snake training paid off. About 8:30 Saturday evening I let my two dogs, Bosco and Emily outside to take care of business before they received their night-time treat and went to kennels for the night.

The pair had just gone out the door when they quickly turned and ran back inside. I picked up the flashlight and went out to see a rattlesnake had made its way inside our brick wall and was lying coiled next to one of the bistro chairs. Wow, the dogs had heard the rattle of the snake and or smelled it, or both and knew exactly what to do”.

Training dogs to avoid being bitten by rattlesnakes has many names. Snake breaking, snake proofing, snake avoidance, snake aversion and snake busting all come to mind. While these terms all mean the same thing, dog training procedures, techniques and methods vary between those performing the snake avoidance programs.

Snake Avoidance training focuses on "SSSS." Safety, sight, sound and smell. As we know, dogs instinctively react to sight, sound and smell, and can also be conditioned or trained to react in a positive manner to such senses. Of course, safety always comes first, especially when venomous reptiles are involved. Snakes used by the various trainers are incapable of biting a dog or person. Be sure to speak with your local trainer, ask them to share their philosophy and the precautions they take when using snakes in the avoidance classes.

A visit to your local trainer may save you much grief and a large sum of money!

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After 15 years, RAGofAZ has gone through the rebranding process and has come up with a brand new logo!  We have three exciting options for ordering new t-shirts and other merchandise bearing our new happy logo.

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Coming soon...RAGofAZ screen printed tee shirts---available in women’s sizes!  The women’s style runs the same as the typical man’s tee shirt that we’ve sold before, but the women’s size is shorter by about 3 inches and the sleeve length is shorter as well. (They are not tapered like some junior shirts.) The shirts are a pretty sapphire blue that will flatter most complexions.  They will be available for order on our website for $12.00 each (includes shipping). They will also be available for $10 at RAGofAZ Events.

Lands End—we’re all familiar with the quality of Lands End products. Through their business line, you can order anything from a polo shirt, sweater or sweatshirt with our 3 Color RAGofAZ logo.  We also have our “jumping dog” logo available for a hat or shirt if you prefer. Click here to go to our website for an easy link for ordering.

Needles Up—Jackie Lelli embroiders our RAGofAZ Bandannas and will also embroider any garment of your choosing.  You have a choice of 3 different logos. For $10 plus shipping, Jackie will do your embroidery locally on any item that you send her.  More details coming soon.

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