Dog Capture and Handling Courses



There have never been dog capture & handling courses such as this.

Dog Non-Chemical Capture and Handling Course

Dr. Mark Johnson teaches courses across North America specifically for the animal control officer, shelter worker, and disaster responder.  They are the most extensive courses in handling fearful and dangerous dogs.  They are also unique in teaching compassionate dog handling in which we are not fighting the dog.  This course is essential for professionals and volunteers addressing hoarding cases, responding to disasters, handling fearful dogs in shelters, assisting with trap/neuter/release programs, and rescuing dogs in general.  These courses also include training for using the Y pole, a humane took for working with fearful dogs.

DOG NON-CHEMICAL CAPTURE AND HANDLING is a two day dog handling course specifically designed for non-animal control officers – anyone handling fearful dogs such as with hoarding cases, responding to disasters, handling fearful dogs in shelters, assisting with trap/neuter/release programs, and rescuing dogs in general.

Here is an outline of our Dog Non-chemical Capture Course

GWR courses promote care, honor, and respect for each animal that is handled

and are often profound career experiences for course participants.


To Register visit GWR’s Training Schedule

For any questions regarding our courses contact us at: info (at)


11 Responses

  1. Hi – I would like to gather as much information as i can to learn how to capture and handling feral and stray dogs. My husband and I are dog trainers for more than 15 years each one and now we want to be part of a non profit organizations help to spay and neuter stray dogs.
    I am mexican and i grow seeing this problem over and over and dogs being kill all the time. We want to help somehow but we are not vet and they ask us if we were able to capture them. Any help or guide it will be great. thanks a lot. Paulina

    • Paulina,
      You do not have to be a veterinarian to make a big difference. I am sure you and your husband as dog trainers are making lives better for both people and dogs. I know of at least one American non-profit organization supporting spay/neuter programs in Mexico. You may be able to help them. Also, if there are ways of getting high quality video or photos of the problems you are seeing, would you please share it with our non-profit. We would like to make people more aware of the problem. If you like you can visit with me directly by email: mjohnson at wildliferesources dot org.

      Mark Johnson DVM

  2. Today, a friend sent me a link to your Feral Dog blog, from which I jumped over to the GWR site. Your philosophy & techniques are a breath of fresh air, coming straight from your heart and tempered with knowledge and clear thinking.

    Your respect for the animals and your embrace for the interaction as a sacred opportunity is unfortunately rare in the animal professional world. As a professional trainer, I
    try hard to promote these same values in my own work.

    I hope to be able to attend your Massachusetts workshop in May, and will be encouraging a number of other dog training professionals to join me there.

    I will do my best to spread the word far & wide. Thank you for all you do.

    with gratitude and respect for your work,
    Suzanne Clothier
    Relationship Centered Training
    Author of Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs

  3. Do you have any up coming classes other than May 25-27?

    • Richard,
      Thank you for your inquiry. This fall/winter/spring I will be teaching many 3-day chemical and non-chemical capture courses (primarily for ACOs) as well as 2-day non-chemical capture courses (for shelter workers, disaster responders, dog resuers for puppy mills and hoarding cases, and spay/neuter programs), but I do not have the locations or dates at this time. I am looking for suggestions for where to teach and hope to have my schedule in place by the end of June. I will post the course schedules on my website Seminar Schedule as well on the Training Page of this Feral Dog Blog.
      What part of the US are you in? Mark

  4. We are running an animal shelter in Tirupur , India . We are greatly and sorely in need of trained volunteers of all kinds to help us in the tasks of running the shelter and also stray dog spay and neutering programs which is being run with the help of the local authorities . All local expenses will be met . Even a short time spent here will be worth your while. It is being completely financed by a single lady.
    We would welcome more people to know about this in your country
    Thank you

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  6. I live in a community where a group of people are banding together to capture a stray dog. Though their intentions are good my main thought is that of the animal. This dog has been on its own in the same area for going on 4 years. It does not trust humans in anyway. Everyone that has encountered this dog and had fed it has said that it will take the bowl and eat the food elsewhere. It has avoided all types of capture with its smarts and shows no interest to be with humans. My main concern is that after/ IF the dog is captured what will happen to its spirite? Will it go into defens mood and become violent? Is there a possibility of it being rehomed?

    • Joyce,
      Thank you for your question. It is such an important question that I will make this an article for my blog. You are so correct about looking after the welfare of the dog. It he/she has been living in the same area for 4 years then there may be many reasons to let it be. Once caught just think how much it will lose it’s sense of freedom and open space. And with it’s deep fear of people, life in captivity will be very traumatic.

      It would be healthy if the group of people, likely with good intentions, who wish to catch the dog would meet and discuss this important issue. There are many reasons why it might be important to catch the animal if it was injured or threatening people. And yes if he/she is adding feral puppies to the area it can be of concern, but even then a capture/neuter and release is considered the most humane method for handling feral dog (high populations) around the world.

      Another concern I have is how most people try to catch a dog. It is usually with high energy and often involves chasing the animal. If they use boxtraps, most people do not set it properly to attract and entice the dog and do not wire it open to build confidence. It sounds that with this very fearful dog, a box trap may not be successful.

      So yes, Joyce. What will happen to its spirit when he/she is captured and confined even if kept by the most loving people. We humans do not always think about what is best for the animal.


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