How old do the dogs need to be? My pup will be about 8 months old at the time of the Weatherford clinic.
I always say choose the lesser evil when age is a factor. B that I mean if you have a 6 month old pup and you're going to be in known snake country, get it done. If your pup is going to be at a trainer's and not going to be in a known snake environment then hold off. Let the trainer do their thing and we can tune the dog up before you go hunting.
I have no science to back this up so take it or leave it, this is for discussion purposes. I like getting them at 6 months old. That way more than likely they have never had the joy they get from discovering a snake before they visit my clinic. I somehow feel if the first encounter they have with a snake involves electricity, the better the chances of a lifelong negative impact. So if I get the dog at 6 months and the dog comes back in consecutive years we have a chance that every encounter the dog has in its young life are absolutely horrifying. I feel the dog has a better chance at never wanting to investigate.
Remember there is ZERO science in that statement. I would like Angie and other trainers to weigh in here. It just seems to make sense that every time you put a finger on the table and someone whacks you with a hammer, soon you will no longer put your finger on the table. Like my cousin that said hold this drift bar while I hit it with a baby sledge hammer and all the while he said "Trust me I won't miss". He broke my freakin hand and never ever have I held a drift while someone else takes a whack at it with a hammer. I was a one and done kind of guy. I somehow feels if we get them young, we can produce the one and done results.