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 Post subject: Dog does herps.
PostPosted: September 1st, 2016, 9:39 pm 
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Hiking buddy likes her herps. Frogs and toads being the favorites since they hop. Racers travelling through grass are also a fun track. She followed one about 30ft to the edge of a pond. Here's a few. The nightsnake was rock flipped along the trail, but the rest were encountered on the crawl or hop.

R. draytonii
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R. draytonii
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R. draytonii
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R. draytonii
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P. catenifer catenifer
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P. catenifer catenifer
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L. getula californiae
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H. ochrorhyncha nuchalata
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T. sirtalis infernalis
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T. scripta elegans
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T. sirtalis infernalis She found this one... scent tracked it to where it was lying under the brush.
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T. atratus zaxanthus
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T. atratus zaxanthus. Jumbo size.
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Maligator - the indignity of it all
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PostPosted: September 1st, 2016, 11:09 pm 
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That is awesome! So nice that a dog is unafraid of herps, and actually seems to like them? :thumb: A lot of dogs would be the undoing of those critters. That last pic is hilarious...


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2016, 4:24 am 
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Mali sounds like a great herping partner, Baxter couldn't care less about lizards or snakes:
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Now the question is who's going to find that elusive Santa Clara Rubber Boa first, you or Mali?


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2016, 12:31 pm 
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Calfirecap wrote:
Now the question is who's going to find that elusive Santa Clara Rubber Boa first, you or Mali?


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doggie likes stuff that moves fast (squirrel, bunny, piggy, deer), constantly moves (toads) or like frogs- hops, splashes and swims back. She listens to 'no', so as much as she wants the frog, she knows that she was told not to get it. Could care less about most snakes since they just lie around on the trail. Of course, 'tracking' allows her to use her nose and she has found a couple garter snakes that way. Now the old dog, liked to cover herself in smells like the gartersnake musk spot she's rolling in:

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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2016, 5:27 pm 
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What a Good Girl!!


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2016, 8:45 pm 
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Love it!


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PostPosted: September 4th, 2016, 11:13 am 

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Very cool post with some neat perspectives! Kinda refreshing. What a cool Malinois you have.

Thanks for the post :beer:


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PostPosted: September 14th, 2016, 5:59 pm 

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Such a cute post! Beautiful dog :)


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PostPosted: September 16th, 2016, 5:02 pm 
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It's been a little harder the last 10 days with the GSD puppy in the house. He barks at everything (hikers, deer, turkey, quail) and he's clumsy as hell.

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PostPosted: September 17th, 2016, 5:10 am 
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:thumb: He's in excellent hands, and I hope you share more on his journey :) , pretty much one of my favorite threads this year, for sure. I thank you and pat a rump for me please.


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PostPosted: September 17th, 2016, 8:12 am 
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Owen wrote:
It's been a little harder the last 10 days with the GSD puppy in the house. He barks at everything (hikers, deer, turkey, quail) and he's clumsy as hell.

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Well at least he seems to have a good grasp on the whole, "walking the dog" thing :lol: :thumb: ...now you got two free hands to catch snakes with ;) 8-)

Cool post theme! :thumb: :thumb: ...nice array as well


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PostPosted: September 17th, 2016, 8:49 am 
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Nice! Did you train her to seek out herps, or does she just do it on her own?


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PostPosted: April 27th, 2017, 8:53 pm 
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mfb wrote:
Nice! Did you train her to seek out herps, or does she just do it on her own?


Well, she can actually track some gartersnakes (snake to her) when I ask her to 'Track a snake'. She has found 3, but often, the track just leads to a hole. Because rattlesnakes hang in holes May through September, I limit her snake tracking.


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PostPosted: April 28th, 2017, 10:02 am 
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Can't believe I missed this one, Owen.
Excellent...

How does she react to a rattlesnake in defensive mode?


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PostPosted: April 28th, 2017, 11:16 am 
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This is really cool. I always wondered if you could train a dog to sniff out snakes and point them out. I wouldn't ever want to deal with my dog getting bit by a venomous snake, but if he could find them and point at them from a distance, how cool would that be?

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PostPosted: April 29th, 2017, 4:17 pm 

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my Doberman tracks gopher and box turtles really well..she found me this EDB...luckily she doesn't get too close...

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PostPosted: May 1st, 2017, 2:20 am 

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This thread has me smiling big. Love it!


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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2017, 3:27 pm 
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She doesn't go near rattlesnakes. If one rattles when I have her with me, we walk away and I say NO.

Only gartersnakes are SNAKE to her and I won't tell her anything else is a snake. She does recognize the scents. If I tell her to track a snake, most times when she finds a track, it leads to a hole.


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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2017, 4:14 pm 
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Tamara D. McConnell wrote:
This thread has me smiling big. Love it!


Yes, Yes, This is the Best :thumb:


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