Using Non-Physical Tools To Catch Dogs

Dr. Mark teaching at MN Zoo.

A few weeks ago I taught a short customized wolf capture and handling workshop to the animal caretakers at the Minnesota Zoo.  We first spent an afternoon in the classroom and the following morning handled their gray wolves, coyotes, and dhole (an Asian canid) in the pens.

As I was half way through my afternoon presentation I realized that all I had been talking about was how to use physical methods and tools for catching the animals.  I spoke about how to use the facilities like utilizing the shape of the pens, the smaller holding areas, and the den boxes.  I covered nets and Y pole and calm physical restraint and as I was talking I realized it was all physical so I shifted into the following advice. Continue reading