My neighbors GWP got bit last month while over in Columbia Basin...said it was the first time ever in all the years he's owned/hunted his dogs. He was bit in the shoulder, it swelled up pretty good and was taken to a local vet for a healthy dose of antihistamine. The dog is OK and was back out hunting the following week. He mentioned that he was going to sign-up for a "snake-proof" class (should think maybe the dog now has a new respect for snakes -- real live training ). I just did a little research on this and there are some who say its a good thing to do, while others are pretty emphatic that it is not. Some suggest vaccination only. As most all my hunting will be upland and in snake country, would like to hear from the forum on this topic.