Check out this customers testimonial that they gave right after their training!
“This training really works. My Mini Australian Shepherd named Macy and my terrier mix named Molly have both been through Ma & Paw Kennel’s Rattlesnake Avoidance Training. Macy had her first session on May 29th, 2021. 6 weeks later, I heard Molly alerting me to something in the backyard. Macy went out to check what was going on with Molly. Macy absolutely did everything she was supposed to do. She started barking at something ( a 2.5’ rattlesnake) that was under our gas BBQ. Neither dog would go near it. This behavior alone told me that it was probably a rattlesnake. My husband confirmed my suspicion as I quickly got the dogs back in the house. I can’t thank you enough. Macy was the dog who initially walked right up to the rattlesnake and sniffed it on the head. Without your training, I am sure we would have had a far worse outcome than just my jangled nerves.
"Leroy ran across the driveway towards me (opposite direction from where we were traveling) and barked. When I looked closer it looked like a dark branch ( it was past 10pm and really dark!) When I walked closer I realized it was a gopher snake, thank goodness for the handy flashlight on my cell phone! I was so proud of Leroy, he not only avoided the snake, ran away fromt the snake to me for safety, and then he barked & alerted me of the snake in our path. Yes, thanks to you I'm a proud mommy. Thank you so much for the clinic, it really worked! Thanks again for guiding Leroy to make good decisions!"
-Janet & Leroy
"As the Humane Society of Ventura County we have a great concern for the well being of all animals. We recognize the importance of rattlesnake training in Ventura County because we know that Rattlesnakes can be active in our area all year long. Gina Gables at Ma and Paw kennels provides an invaluable service to dog owners across Southern California. We have been fortunate to have her train owners at our shelter and adoption on several occasions and hope to continue having her provide such services."
The Humane Society of Ventura County
"Ma and Pa Kennel is fantastic. I first heard of them when I was looking for a Rattle Snake Avoidance class for my Chocolate Lab, Bigsby in 2012. The big B did great for being only 7 months old. The preceding months I had a dozen or so one on one dog obedience classes with Gina. Bigsby shaped up just fine, he listens and follows directions.This year I had a refresher RAT class for Bigsby and also a new edition. CJ , Bigsby's half brother and almost one year younger to the date. They both did very well I highly recommend Gina and Ma & Paw kennel."
"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 with a piece of curled reddish brown material circling the 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." -Bev M.
"The property was an ideal real-life scenario for what we experience when hiking with the dog in/around Simi (natural rocks, dirt paths, plants, etc). Gina worked repeatedly to ensure our dog “passed” each of the training sections – communication to us during the entire process was very clear – we understood what each section was, what we should be looking for in how the dog responded and what she did to correct the response. We learned quite a bit about animal behavior during the session and I really think our dog had “fun” going through the training. Gina made sure to give positive praise after each exercise. Also we never felt like our dog was threatened by the snake – process felt very safe and controlled."
-M. & T. Diaz
"Gina, I thought you would be interested to know that our dog Greta got her rattlesnake "refresher" course the natural way this year. We had a huge rattler get in our vineyard somehow, even though we have snake fencing all around it. Greta must have gotten near it and it started rattling and she scurried to the far corner of the vineyard in less than a second. She clearly remembered her rattlesnake training!!! Thanks for your good work!"
"A few weeks ago, while walking on the trail in Chesebro, a few mountain bikers alerted me to a freshly dead rattle snake on the side of the trail. Once they proved to me it was really dead I tested the rattlesnake avoidance training my dog, Tyrone, had last summer. We casually walked down the trail and as soon as he smelled or saw the snake he bucked backward away from it.
He truly recognized it and jumped back. I am so grateful! Great job! Thank you so much."
"We ran into a rattlesnake on the trail in July and Aunt Gertrude behaved exactly as she was trained to do. We are so proud of the way she handled the situation. She avoided the snake by making a wide radius around it. Afterwards, she was visibly upset and she kept her head and tail down for most of the way home but we were all so glad she knew what to do."
"Layla just completed RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING. She is no longer curious about snakes - she completely avoids them now!!!"
"Thank you for the training that Jake, Buddy, and myself got yesterday. Very professional, friendly and worth every dime!"
"Guido alerted to two snakes at the Golden Valley Trailhead. He took a very defensive stance and came right to my side. Unbelievable! Thank you." -Greg V.
"My dogs chase lizards at my house all day long. Then one night about 10 pm, my husband was outside sitting on a chair, I had just let my Weimaraner outside and she walked over towards my husband and about 3 to 4 feet from him, was this rattler and a dead Rat that it had killed. The rattler had not made a noise until my dog got close and she just stood there and did not go towards the snake. My husband killed the Rattler. I know had she not had the class she would have gone right after that snake. Both of my dogs got bit by a rattler two years ago so I know that this class was the reason why she stayed away this time. Thanks."
"I cannot recommend Ma n Paw Rattlesnake Avoidance Training enough! While we haven’t come across a critter as yet, I’m confident my dog will immediately run the other way! The whole thing took about 10 minutes but within about 2 minutes Bubba figured out he wanted nothing to do with the snakes. I had never used shock therapy on my dog before so it got his attention quickly & effectively. And while it is not something I would do regularly, I think for something as important as his safety it is worth it. Gina had a huge team of helpers there to keep everything running safely and efficiently. And to see my dog go to such lengths to avoid that last snake at the end – well quite honestly made me laugh!
Thank you, Gina for helping me keep my Bubba safe this summer!"
The entire experience with you and your group was comprehensive, educating, and fun. You and your staff were most helpful and considerate. It was our third rattlesnake avoidance class, the first one with your group. It was far superior to the others and and we will return next year. Luci and I appreciated your caring and congenial manner and personality. Thanks for everything.
-Bob and Luci H. & Mimi the little German Shepherd.
" Thanks Gina. As I mentioned to you at the clinic, I had been to another RSA clinic in Orange County a year ago. This was Zuri's second time. I was extremely impressed by the set up you had compared to OC. While they only had one station per type of contact (scent, sight and sound) you had multiple stations giving the dogs a number of different experiences. The natural setting was also very helpful as it was more relevant to what the dogs would actually experience on their own. I also liked how you took Zuri and her friend Dean for a second loop through the course together - brilliant! Thanks so much!"