How do I release a dog from a body-gripping trap?

Post date: Apr 2, 2012 5:33:14 AM

There are some fairly good instructions out there, but please keep in mind that these instructions won't necessarily help you. Warning: don't expect your boot laces to work; better to use a leash or rope if possible.

See also this blog's partial listing and rating of (mostly fake) trap-release instructions.

The only sure thing is to avoid an area where there might be body-gripping traps (or other lethal traps or snares). It doesn't matter whether you think anyone would set lethal traps there; all that matters is that they can and they do. They can legally set them where they do kill people's dogs.

Unfortunately for dog owners, body-tripping traps (and other lethal traps and snares) are designed to kill quickly. A dog may be mortally wounded by the initial blow of a body-gripping trap on the throat and spine. That's what's called a "clean kill."

Even the best instructions are not sufficient without practice on an actual, full-strength trap. But of course, no simulation will be the same (and most simulations will not be as difficult) as a real-life situation.

How do I recognize a fake dog-release procedure?

Death in a body-gripping trap is meant to be quick.