How to get your dog out of a body-grip trap

"Strike dogs" waiting to pick up a scent. Credit: T.J. Schwanky.

Dog Sense

Video: How to release a dog from a body-grip trap

Video used with permission from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game

If you walk or hunt with your dog in areas with a trapping season, you need to know how to open a body-grip trap in the event that your dog gets accidentally caught in one. In this well-made video, Bob Hunter from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows what you need to do to open the trap without doing further harm to the dog. While we recommended the use of a 5-foot piece of rope in our story in Outdoor Canada (“Pooch Protection,” Gear Special, 2015), Hunter uses a leash, which can work just as well. Of course, the first piece of advice? Act quickly, but remain calm.

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