Sorry to hear about your tough year and your losses! May things get much better for you!!! We will be there Saturday with our two labs. Looking forward to meeting you and watching you train. I hope my two perform well for you, I'm sure one will do great, she is driven and follows commands well.
In spite of the kicking we have taken, we both really feel blessed. I woke up breathing this morning. I love life and realize it is very short. I get out of this life what I put in. So to be honest, I am walking on sunshine even if I got a few shiners along the way.
We will talk about this training at the clinic. This training is completely different than normal dog training. It took me a long time to figure out that reward based training is absolutely the wrong thing to do when conducting snake avoidance. It kills me to watch the California trainers on youtube giving a light correction and then petting the pup saying good dog. The clicker snake avoidance trainers are criminals if you ask me. There is way more to snake avoidance training than "dog see snake shock dog". If anyone goes to a trainer and they correct the dog and then advice you to pet it and love it up, run away. They absolutely have no clue about this training.