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Trapping-Safety Videos

The following YouTube videos demonstrate some of the dangers of lethal traps for dogs, and solutions to minimize those dangers. Please don't try this at home without appropriate safeguards and a negative training stimulus in the system. We don't want dogs to be harmed or to associate traps with food.

Body Grip Trap #220 Firing

posted Jun 22, 2014, 9:30 AM by Doglover System   [ updated Jun 22, 2014, 9:35 AM ]

This video shows the trap that is currently killing most of the dogs in MN: the #220 body grip trap. When it gets regulated, some trappers shift to a slightly smaller size, like the #160--and dogs continue to be killed.

Trapping ethics call for precautions to protect dogs, but Minnesota laws don't. Some Minnesota trappers only pay attention to the law, and disregard the ethics. That's a problem.

To protect smaller dogs (like Brittanies, Beagles, and Terriers) we'll need to regulate the #160 body-gripping traps as well. To protect all dogs, we'll need to regulate snares as well--on land, only cable restraints.

Body Grip Trap #220 Firing

Body Grip trap firing

posted May 23, 2014, 5:42 AM by John Reynolds   [ updated May 23, 2014, 9:38 PM by Doglover System ]

Here's a slowed down video of a body grip trap firing.  Imagine your dog sticking it's head into the trap as it tries to reach the meat in the back of the box.

Body-grip trap firing in slow motion.

Video of dog working a body grip trap box

posted Sep 25, 2013, 5:51 PM by John Reynolds   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 6:18 AM by Doglover System ]

No animals were harmed in the creation of this video.

Dog checking out trap box.

The Last Thing Your Dog Will See

posted Oct 27, 2012, 7:20 AM by John Reynolds   [ updated May 25, 2014, 2:22 PM by Doglover System ]

Closeup of body grip in trail set

   This could be the last thing your dog will see. 

   You probably won't see it at all until it's clamped on your dogs windpipe and then it's too late. 

   Click on images to enlarge. 

   The trap is centered in the images. 

   It's the square looking wire object in case you have never seen a body grip trap. 

   Many times the trap is hidden with weeds so is almost impossible to see.

Spot the trap before your dog finds it

posted Jul 1, 2012, 2:47 PM by John Reynolds   [ updated May 23, 2014, 9:46 PM by Doglover System ]

You're out enjoying the day with your dog and it's trapping season.  We're told by the MN Trappers Association that it's not their responsibility to protect your dog from their hidden body grip traps and that if you just "manage" your dog, as Rep Tom Hackbarth said on WCCO, it will be safe.

Can you spot the hidden trap baited with grouse feathers and guts before your dog finds it and is killed?  If your dog isn't killed instantly can you find it and release it in time?

Why is it even your responsibility?  Shouldn't the trapper who sets body grips be responsible their trap?

Spot the trap before your dog finds it.

Video of dog reaching 12" through a 7"x7" hole.

posted Jul 1, 2012, 1:42 PM by John Reynolds   [ updated May 25, 2014, 10:32 PM by Doglover System ]

This video shows how easily a dog can reach through a 7"x7" opening to reach the trap set 12" inside. 

Clearly there is no body grip trap box that can be safely set on the ground with an opening that large (a smaller dog can reach the trap through a 4"x4" opening).  Originally, Senator Carlson's and Representative McNamara's bill was introduced with errors that (by generous observers) were assumed to be typos and a 9"x9" opening with no setback. It ended up in the Game & Fish Bill (MN 2012 HF 2171) with no restriction on the size of the opening and a 7" setback from the lid (not from the sides as in other states).

Obviously, preventing unnecessary dog deaths was not a concern of these legislators, or the MN Trappers Association who wrote the bill.

Dog reaching 12" into a trap box with a 7" x 7" opening.

Five-foot high trap catches raccoon, fisher, & marten (not dogs).

posted May 11, 2012, 1:00 AM by John Reynolds   [ updated May 25, 2014, 10:37 PM by Doglover System ]

One feature of popular legislation (MN HF 2243/ SF 1736 for Safe Public Lands) to protect dogs is to allow traps to be set on poles or trees above their reach.

Three species that are effectively trapped in this way are raccoon, fisher, and marten.

One species that is protected is dog.

Leaning-pole sets: 3 ft. vs. 5 ft.

Bird dog reaches bait recessed 16 inches.

posted May 11, 2012, 12:54 AM by John Reynolds   [ updated May 25, 2014, 10:43 PM by Doglover System ]

In this video, a bird dog retrieves a bird from the back of a sixteen-inch trap enclosure through an 81 square-inch opening.

Minnesota politicians McNamara and Carlson in their Environment & Natural Resources Committees didn't even provide this much protection when they ignored popular legislation (HF 2243 / SF 1736) that would have made trapping safer for dogs.

The popular legislation has been, and will continue to be, requested by thousands of signers of the Safe Public Lands and other petitions.

Dog reached bait 16" back through 9" x 9" opening

Molly and Frisbee walk through a 6" x 6" opening.

posted May 11, 2012, 12:51 AM by John Reynolds   [ updated May 25, 2014, 10:48 PM by Doglover System ]

In this video, Loren Waalkens' Beagles Molly and Frisbee demonstrate their skill at thinking through and solving a new puzzle: how to get through a six-inch by six-inch opening in their crate to come to their owner's call. Molly makes it through with her radio collar on, and her sister Frisbee slips easily through behind her.

To see more info and comments, click "Watch on YouTube" in the lower-right while the video is playing here (but please come back and see more on

Beagle walks through 6" x 6" opening.

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