I have been hiking a lot with Pillu ( he is a 1 year old male V). I live in Northern Virginia, I often go on the Potomac Heritage trail , Seneca Bridle trail etc....( may be familiar if there is anyone from this region here). Winter was no worry about snakes...but now with Spring and summer...the snakes are coming out. I haven't seen one on a trail yet. I did have one in my backyard recently 😶. There aren't many venomous snakes in this region, but there are a couple (Copperheads and Water Moccasins)...We have been enjoying the semi-off leash time ( check cord) on the trails. I have not done any kind of snake avoidance training for him...I was wondering if its advisable to do it. Also , how does it help if the dog is just zooming around in the woods and suddenly darts off into the woods and brush , I somewhat worry there is a chance that he may startle a snake resting somewhere in there, without even knowing, not sure if snake avoidance will even help in this scenario. Any advice would be great. If there are people from this area , would love to hear what your approach is.