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How to catch a dog

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by blue fire, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. blue fire

    blue fire Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Murfreesboro, TN
    A dog got in our backyard today by lifting the latch on our gate, chain link fence and gate, and grabbed one of our chickens and we chased it out of the yard. Luckily she was not seriously injured, but had a bunch of feathers ripped off her backside. This dog is really skittish and afraid of people. How could I catch it without harming it or having to buy a trap?

  2. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    You could call the local animal control officer. No risk of bites to you that way, and no risk of being accused of hurting someone else's dog.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  3. blue fire

    blue fire Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Murfreesboro, TN
    We did call the animal control center but they pretty much implied that they would do a roundabout of the neighborhood and if they find the dog, attempt to catch it. I have a feeling they won't
  4. Enjaytoo

    Enjaytoo Songster

    Sep 8, 2009
    Could you borrow a (wire) kennel from someone? Or check Craigslist, they often have inexpensive larger wire crates on there...(plus later you could use it as a temporary chicken pen, a quick tractor, a brooder...the chicken-options are endless [​IMG]
    So, with this large crate, you could devise a trap, by of course leaving (good smelling food) such as cat food, lunch meat etc...a little around the trap and some inside..Since its not an "official" trap, you most likely will have to monitor it and "pull the string" so to speak. (have a cord or rope to the door and sit quietly:) Make sure to line the slippery tray thats in the crates, use old carpet or something.. All depends of course how shy and scared this dog is, sounds like it may take some patience but good for you (and her) in the long run....then you can have her scanned for a chip, try to find her owners and/or find her a good home:) Good luck!
  5. tulie13

    tulie13 Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    NW Florida
    Quote:Our animal control center has loaner traps that you can check out. There are certain days they will let you come get them and set them up, and when/if you catch the culprit, you call them to come pick up the full trap.

    Ask yours - they may not have volunteered this info but they may still have it available. If not, you may just want to bite the bullet and buy a big non-lethal trap. Good luck!
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    First thing to do is lock the gate latch in place. I keep an unlocked padlock looped through mine.

    Then start checking around to see if the dog belongs to anyone. If it does, and it probably does, be ready to point out any ordinances against dogs running loose. If the dog keeps showing up, catch it with food and call Animal Control, or take it to the pound.
  7. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    yeah... a live trap would really be best. Ask around and see if you can find one to borrow even if your animal control doesn't loan them.

    in the mean time, fasten that latch better! hope you catch him!

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