Part 3 of 4. Netting Sleeping Dogs and Other Tricks (with videos)
Catching a Resting Dog
You can see from Part 2 of this series on netting that when we are catching a dog running along a wall, we are going to sweep the net straight into the dog. But when catching a dog that is sleeping or laying down, we will use the net in a different way. Instead we place the net over the dog and many times it will be done softly to keep the dog’s energy low. After placing the net over the dog, throw the net away from you. Then slide the hoop on the ground towards you (a quick jerk can be enough) and the dog will try to struggle away from you and will move back into the deep part of the net. Quickly follow with the twist, Y pole, and towel as described in Part 2.
It is often easier to catch resting dogs when there are a lot of people on the streets. Stimulus is everywhere and if you stay relaxed, you are just one of the people.
Here is a video with some examples of catching dogs with nets. My comments will follow.
Commentary on the Previous Video
Of course one of the best ways is to distract the dog with food first. Notice how carefully Bucchu moves with his net so the dog does not notice him or the net. He moves like a Ninja! Bucchu is from Sikkim, India and is often an instructor himself.
One improvement we could make in this video when catching the white dog is to put a Y pole on the twist of the net so the dog can be wrapped up more quickly. This video was made in India before I started teaching using the net and Y pole together. This was also before I began teaching about covering the dog in the net with the towel. Both Y pole and towel make is more humane and less stressful for the dog and they make it safer for the dog handlers.
Notice that even though Bucchu is kind to the dog, he is also always careful.
You do not have to put a leash on the dog like this when it is in the net, but it is an interesting option to know. This allows you to use the leash as a leash muzzle when you take the dog out of the net and can give you an extra level of control if you are handling the dog after taking it out of the net. What you do will depend on the personality of the dog and on what you want to do with the dog after it is caught.
Bucchu does an excellent two handed scruff. If there are concerns the dog may be more fearful you could use a leash muzzle wrap and a towel over the head for more safety when you carry it.
Carrying the Dog in the Net
After twisting, the dog should be tight in the net. Then cover the dog with a towel and lift the dog onto the hoop and carry the dog. Keep the towel on the dog as you carry it. As I wrote earlier a towel reduces stress on the animal, makes it safer for the dog handlers because the dog cannot follow your hands with their eyes, and looks more caring and professional to the public.
Some spay/neuter programs in Asia leave the dog in the twisted net until they reach the ABC facility if the transportation distance is short.
Video with net, Y pole, and towel
Here is another example of excellent dog capture and handling with a net. A dog was found in the holding area of an old truck. This video was taken during dog handlnig course I taught near Rajokri (southern Delhi), India. Handlers from all across India attended this course. The handlers of this course are practicing and teaching each other.
Notice how quiet and respectful they are working with the dog. The netting is deep and Mr. Mukesh tosses to deep end to the side so the dog can “escape” into it if it chooses. The Y pole reduces struggling and the towel reduces the dog”s stress. Both Y pole and towel make it safer for the handlers as well.
Mr. Mukesh Sangat in the white shirt is an experienced handler from Help in Suffering and provided additional instruction. Anusheh in the purple sweat shirt is with Indigree Animal Trust and was a great translator. I wish to thank Vets Beyond Borders and the India Animal Welfare Board of India for the opportunity to teach these courses.
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