Our Toad Avoidance classes offer a 15-minute training session that could save your dog's life.

Pet poisonings occur in many ways, including encounters with poisonous animals. In Arizona, one such animal that can be extremely harmful to your pooch is the Colorado River toad (also known as the Sonoran Desert toad). If licked or swallowed, this toad can be incredibly toxic to your dog, causing symptoms that range from severe discomfort to paralysis and even death. Your pet may also suffer if a toad sits in his or her drinking water for a long enough period of time. Because your dog is inquisitive by nature and because this toad can be so lethal, teaching your dog to avoid them is crucial.  


What to Expect During Toad Avoidance Class

To provide the most effective dog training on toad avoidance in Arizona, Central Pet has partnered with Animal Experts, Inc. to offer a 15-minute training session that could save your dog’s life.

Animal Experts

Our goal is to provide a safe, controlled, and authentic training experience for your dog, which includes:

  • Learning to recognize (and avoid) toads by sight, sound and scent to prepare them for the many ways in which they might encounter the deadly amphibian 
  • Walking through a short course that will allow them to come upon toads in different settings and give them the opportunity to react accordingly (all toads on site are muzzled and with a handler)

To ensure your dog is successful, E-collars are used for this training session.

As a reminder, this class cannot be taken the same day as a snake avoidance training class. 

2024 Toad Avoidance Training Sessions 

Saturday, June 29

Saturday, July 13

Wednesday, July 24

Saturday, August 10

Saturday, September 7

Please, call Central Pet for more information on available time slots for dates listed above. Time slots are limited. 

You can also request attendance to this class by calling us directly at (520) 882-7577. Our staff is available to provide further assistance or to answer any additional questions you may have about toad avoidance training classes.


Toad-Proof Your Pooch Today

Our certified dog trainer, working with Animal Experts, hosts our Toad Avoidance training classes, which run throughout the spring and summer when toxic toads are most active. 

Use the form below to sign up or contact our team for more information on classes and upcoming dates!