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Rattlesnake Avoidance - Clinicians

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.  Her experience and sensitivity allows the dogs to be humanely treated during the training process.  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 not only keep but also muzzle and watch out for their well-being 24/7 and on training days.

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