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Once again we will be hosting the ANIMAL ARK snake avoidance courses at Harradine and Associates. These courses have been very popular.

Booking can be made through animal or phone 9243 3044

David and his team will be available for training on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.

Then again on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October.

Course Outline

Jack Russell dog walking in bushland

We teach your dog to avoid snakes

“Snake proof” your dog

Many hundreds of dogs are bitten by snakes every year and sadly many die. If your dog survives the bite it can cost thousands of dollars at the vets for antivenom treatment. Data is hard to come by but Murdoch Vet Hospital, in their catchment area only, treated between 76 and 137 dogs for snakebite a year from 2007-2010.

Snake avoidance training for your dog is now available in WA through Animal Ark.

Our training is quick and effective. We use a low-level static correction collar to achieve this. This enables your dog to learn that close proximity to the interesting object (a snake) will be unpleasant and thus creates a negative association. This teaches the dog to make it’s own decision to avoid snakes and the unpleasant reaction in the future.

It is very important that we use real venomous snakes under strictly controlled situations, as these are the dangerous species we want your dog to avoid. Fortunately we are very good with both snakes and dogs and are fully licensed with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) in WA to deliver wildlife education.

All the feedback for snake avoidance, or snake aversion, training shows that it works. Dogs vary hugely in learning ability. Retraining is advised every year for 2/3 years by which time most dogs have a thorough snake avoidance, snake proofing, education.

A dugite snake in Star Swamp, North Beach, WAThis practical, life saving training comprises:

  • One-on-one training
  • Training style briefing
  • Snakebite facts
  • First aid for your dog
  • Practical avoidance sessions with live non-venomous and venomous snakes
  • Local snake species used for the training
  • Strict safety protocols followed for snake handling
  • Suitable for any dog over 6 months old
  • Not suitable for aggressive dogs
  • Training session usually takes less than an hour

David Manning and dogTrainer David Manning works with a variety of wildlife and is a registered wildlife rehabilitator.

David’s company Animal Ark used to train and supply a huge variety of dogs for film, television and photographic work in the UK.

As a professional herpetologist David delivers DPaW endorsed venomous snake handling and awareness training to companies and individuals throughout WA.

David has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, is a 2012 Churchill Fellow, and a Fellow of the ZSL (Zoological Society of London).

“With my background in training and supplying animals for film and TV production, animal welfare and safety is always our highest priority.” – David Manning

Photo: David Manning with his co-star presenting a dog safety programme in Auckland some years ago.

Some amazing footage from our weekend at Harradines Vet Bunbury. One of our clients, Dimi the kelpie cross, at play shortly after training. Watch the third throw of the stick and where it lands – spot the snake and see what Dimi does……


Easter is nearly here. (Be careful with your chocolate)

Dogs have an excellent sense of smell, making it fairly easy for them to find any secret stash you may have.

Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao, which contains certain properties that can be toxic to animals: caffeine and theobromine. If ingested, these two ingredients can also lead to various medical complications and may even prove fatal for your dog.

Symptoms may include Vomiting and diarrhoea, Increased body temperature and reflex responses, rapid breathing and increased heart rate, Seizures.

Advanced signs are seizures, cardiac failure and coma.

The amount and type of chocolate ingested is also important, as there the types of chocolate ingested. Dark chocolate being the worst type to ingest.

If you think your dog has eaten chocolate in any form, please don’t hesitate to ring your vet and get your dog into the practice as soon as possible.



25,000 clients and counting

Our practice is proud to announce we have just had our 25,000 client resister with us recently. We welcome Dave and Jean Appleton and their beautiful golden retrievers Skye and Tara as well as 3 their gorgeous cats Lani, Squirt and Tuppy.


We are proud of our ongoing service to the Bunbury and surrounding community and hope to continue to grow and provide excellent client and patient care to all our friends.


PHONE 9795 1284 Conveniently located on Norton Promenade (next to Gravity). Open from 8.30 – 5.30 Monday to Friday with weekends to follow when established. Dr Tanya Rae is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Dr Monique Robinson is available on Wednesdays.  You can expect the same friendly, caring  and professional service  you get  from Harradine and Associates.


Snake season is here

With the long period of wet weather looking to be over, we have seen a number snake bites already . With the warmer weather, snakes will be more active and will be looking for food after the winter months. It is difficult to be sure, but snakes may have more venom available early in the season , but really, any snake venom entering the body if likely to cause major illness, so it is important to get your companion medical attention quickly if you think they have been bitten.