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May 4, 2012

Learning Catching and Handling Techniques

Dealing safely and humanely with street dogs

Humane Society International/India

  • Approaching a dog. HSI

  • SMC trainees. HSI

  • In the classroom. HSI

  • Demonstrating technique. HSI

  • Patrolling the streets. HSI

  • Capturing a dog. HSI

  • Carrying a successful catch. HSI

From April 18-20, HSI offered a training workshop on catching stray dogs with pole nets for veterinarians, para-veterinarians and animal control officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation at our Jaipur Veterinary Training Centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

In the classroom

The first day of the training featured a lecture on and discussion of roles and responsibilities of dog catchers, capture techniques, approaching stray dogs, use of equipment, and dos and don’ts.

In the field

On days 2 and 3, attendees put theory into practice in the field, covering different areas and conditions. After a basic introduction to catching techniques, target animals, roles within the team and communication among team members, the group discussed strategy and then each trainee was given opportunities to try capture and handling. Each day ended with conclusions regarding local adaptations, review of performance, and suggestions for improvement.

Practice makes perfect

Finally, each participant was given a "target" dog. Instructors observed the team members' gradual improvement and increased confidence. Keen catchers started to display leadership qualities during the process. Members fluent in Hindi helped explain everything in the local Kashmiri language for those who needed translation.

All participants were also trained in post-catching activities such as loading/unloading of dogs from vehicles, kennel boarding, anesthesia restraint, and handling during pre- and post- (spay/neuter) operative procedures.

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