Trapping a lost or a stray dog using a humane cage trap is an effective method. One must know how to select the right dog trap, bait, and set the trap. The snare that is not proper can injure the dog or let it go. It will be difficult to trap the dog again if they experience the wrong trap once. They are designed especially for dogs; they come in different sizes. There are few steps that everyone must know to select a dog trap.
Selecting a trap for the dog
- The crucial aspect in selecting a dog trap is the size. One should choose a snare that is large enough that a person can fit into it. The cage should not be too small because the trap door closes on the back of the dog, which allows them to escape. So longer traps are better.
- One should select a trap that is made up of good quality. The person may get attracted to choosing a cheap snare because it is going to be pocket-friendly. But the cheap traps break and bend easily. Due to poor quality traps, the dogs escape out of the snare. A decent cage costs something around $160 to $400 or even more. Traps that are sold on Amazon and other hardware stores are not recommended.
- The traps should not have sliding doors or two trap doors. They make it much easier for the dog to escape. It is not recommended.
How to trap dogs?
- Arrangements: Before capturing a dog, a person must make few arrangements to care for the dog in the trap. If a person plans to vaccinate a dog, it is crucial to make an appointment with a veterinarian. The person should also be ready to locate the owner of the dog. The dog should have a comfortable and safe place inside until it gets vaccinated or gets back to its owner. The person should beforehand arrange for the dog food and food bowls. They must also have a vehicle to transport the dog safely to the owner or the veterinarian.
- Choosing a dog trap: The traps should be oversized and safe for the dogs. A person should consider the size, safety, and strength of the snare. The size should be big enough; the dogs should be safe, which means the trap should have smooth edges. The cage should be strong; it should be able to handle the weight of the dog.
- Placement of the trap: The location of the snare should be decided depending upon the dog and its habits. It can be trapped at a site that it regularly visits, near a food source, maybe garbage cans where the activity takes place, outside the place where it hides, or outside the dog’s den.
- Bait: it is a crucial part while trapping a dog. A person should select favourite food or anything that the dog would run to, leaving behind every other food it has got. The bait should be placed inside the trap. One can choose a cooked bait that lasts longer. The dogs also get attracted to toys. Try to put the bait behind the snare or as far as possible to avoid the prey from escaping.
- Set the trap: the best time for setting up a trap is in the evening or even at night. That is the time when dogs move out of their dens in search of food. But remember that the trap should not be set in awful weather. It will affect the dog’s health. The trap should be set carefully with an open trap door. One can follow the guidelines given while buying the snare.
- Monitor: The trap should be monitored. Sometimes the dogs get anxious and obtain ticks, fleas, and other predators. This should be avoided. The trap should be monitored until the dog is trapped. The dog should not be left alone for hours after getting trapped.
- After trapping: the person getting the dog outside should be equipped and must wear thick gloves to protect himself. The person can take help from any other person to shift the trap to another area. It is preferred to drop a towel over the snare to let the dog stay calm. It should be handled very gently. The dog should also be given food and water if they have to be kept in for a few more days.