|Dog Handling and Control|
|To catch a dog that is not aggressive, SNIP International recommends the use of snares and slip-leads, as in the photos below. This works best if the dog knows the handler.|
Catching a dog with a Tuff slip lead and a biscuit.
A Nimrod snare-type dog catcher
|To catch an aggressive or frightened dog, use graspers, catchpoles or nets.|
|To handle a dog which may bite, particularly if it may be carrying rabies, SNIP International recommends the use of gloves or gauntlets. The dog should also be fitted with a muzzle. All these are described in the web site of MDC Exports
Left: Dog wearing a plastic muzzle
With thanks to the Lamu Animal Welfare Clinic, Kenya
|SNIP International recommends that problems caused by street dogs should be tackled by educating owners in responsible dog ownership, and by finding good homes for unwanted dogs. For advice, see the website of the Dogs Trust.|
|For control of a dog population to be effective, it must be possible to identify each dog. The simplest method is for the dog to carry a tag on a collar. A more permanent method is to tattoo a number on the dog's ear while it in surgery for neutering.|
|The best method is for the veterinarian to insert a microchip carrying a unique number under the skin of the neck of the dog. The number is then logged on to a database that also records the details of the animal and its owner. However, this method only works if there is a reliable and accessible database for the number to be logged on to, and if enough people have the special scanner needed to read the number.
For details, search for Microchip on the Dogs Trust web site
|In some situations it is safe to put street dogs back on their street after neutering.|
|Ear-tipping is recommended as a permanent and clear signal that a street dog has been neutered. For more information, click here.|