RESTRAINING A DOG
- Approach the dog, speaking quietly and avoiding direct eye contact.
- Move close without touching the dog. If the dog can stand often sitting close beside
it and encouraging the dog to you works better than reaching to it. Some small dogs will
jump into your lap.
- If the dog is quiet, head lowered, shivering or outwardly friendly allow the dog to
smell your hand and then pet it if it is still submissive. Start under the jaw then slowly
over the head.
- Slip a leash around the dog's neck. This can be made from a rope, tie, belt or
whatever is available. The leash is best made as a noose that will tighten if the dog pulls
back. If the dog is aggressive then the noose can be made very large and dropped over the
dog's head from above it. Such a dog probably can't walk otherwise it would not be
allowing you anywhere near it. If the dog is on the road it may be better to drag the dog
off it before proceeding further. This sounds awful but may be required for safety
- If you are alone tie the dog up very short so the dog can't move it's head.
MUZZLING A DOG
- Use a long piece of rope, gauze bandage or panty hose (this makes a great
muzzle) or whatever you can find.
- Start with a half throw with the knot on the top of the nose. If the dog is very
aggressive we will make the loop and then slip it over the nose by holding the ends of the
rope and pulling it tight once in place. This will shut the dog's mouth.
- Place another half knot under the jaw. Again if the dog is aggressive work the knot
at a distance and then draw it tight.
- Bring the ends behind the ears and tie them FIRMLY in a bow. The
muzzle needs to be fairly tight otherwise the dog may remove it with a paw.
A SMALL DOG OR A SHORT-MUZZLED DOG
Throw a blanket or towel over the dog's head. You will need to put your hands firmly
around the dog's neck and once you have the head restrained wrap the towel around the
neck. It is a good idea to be able to see at least the dog's nose and better yet its eyes,
though some dogs seem to relax more it their eyes remain covered.