Call for realistic simulations of the release of a live dog from a lethal trap or snare.

Post date: Jul 15, 2014 5:29:59 PM

Here's a role-playing demonstration I'd like to see attempted in a lethal trap & snare release workshop:

Roles (each played by one person):

  1. Dog's body trying to pull away from and twist out of the trap or snare (with the dog's head represented by something soft taped to the end of a broom handle);
  2. Dog's mouth and teeth biting the trap and the rescuer from inside of the body-gripping trap (with the dog's mouth represented by the person's hand);
  3. Rescuer's assistant immobilizing the dog's body and covering the dog's head with a coat or muzzling its mouth with a leash;
  4. Rescuer performing all of the necessary steps to release the trap or snare, and if successful, performing CPR to revive the dog from strangulation and/or shock;
  5. Veterinarian, playing any of the following roles:
    1. consoling the dog owner for his/her loss (in the case of a death), or
    2. releasing the dog from the trap or snare in surgery (in the case of a non-lethal strike), or
    3. diagnosing and treating the dog's immediate injuries (in the case of a successful field rescue), or
    4. diagnosing and treating the dog's permanent injuries (in the case of a recovery from the immediate injuries).


Snap the lethal trap or tighten the lethal snare around the simulated dog's head(at the end of the broomstick. The person playing the dog's body grips the broomstick with both hands and twists and turns, pulls away, rises with full strength from the ground, and lowers with full weight to the ground. The person playing the dog's mouth and teeth hits the rescuer and assistant hard on their hands as they work to carry out the immobilization and trap or snare release. The rescuer's assistant immobilizes the dog and the dog's mouth. The rescuer compresses and latches the trap springs or releases or cuts the snare cable. The veterinarian deals with the aftermath.

Rules for submittal:

Please send a URL to your video to (and don't expect a light review; but if it's good, you could get an A).

Snapshot from Dave Pauli's (one-man, passive model) trap-release demonstration for the Billings Gazette, 5/15/2014.