To succeed in dog catching, community involvement is essential as they are aware of the location of the dogs who
they feed. Therefore in the initial phase, the community liaison officer (CLO) should talk with the community and
gather information as to the whereabouts of the dogs. At the same time the CLO can identify persons willing to serve
as community caretakers for post operative supervision.
An ideal Dog catching team need a CLO and four dog catchers, but the number of dog catchers may need to be
increased when there are more difficult dogs to catch. To catch dogs in confined areas, at least three dog catchers are
needed. One dog catcher has to walk alongside the dog and then pass the dog. The other two dog catchers have to
remain on the other side of the dog. Catchers should observe the alertness of the dog. When the dog is looking at one
person, the other two should come closer to it and catch the dog, or else all three catchers should be ready to catch
If the dog is in a passage, one catcher can chase the dog to the direction of the other two. Those two catchers should
stay one behind the other albeit to the side. Then if the first one misses the dog the other should be able to catch it.
If the dog is in an open area then catching can be very difficult. For those areas at least four catchers are needed. The
more the better. The dog has to be surrounded on all four sides. Make sure that there is not enough space between the
dog catchers for the dog to escape. In open areas one can catch dogs more easily if they are sleeping. If they are alert
and running here and there, they are very likely to escape. Therefore, attempting to catch these dogs is usually a
waste of effort. It may be appropriate to look for another opportunity to catch these dogs in a slightly different
After the dog is caught, the net should be twisted and tightened to prevent the dog from escaping.
The other important aspect in dog catching is to try to prevent the dog from screaming after being caught. If the dog
screams, other dogs in surrounding areas will run away. But in some situations there is an advantage in the dog
screaming. When one caught dog is screaming, sometimes other dogs come closer to investigate and at that time
those dogs can be caught as well. To prevent screaming, the eyes should be covered with the remaining twisted part
of the net. Dogs generally scream out of fear and by covering their eyes, it should reduce this fear to some extent.
Try to pet the dog to calm it down. An appropriate sedative may be required in some animals to calm them down.
Chasing after a dog is not very successful; because most dogs can run faster than us.
For friendly dogs, hand catching is possible. Try to pet the dog and give them a biscuit or something tasty if
available and then put them into nets or cages to transport to the surgery site. In hand catching we should be careful
not to be bitten by the dog. If a dog feels any kind of pain during catching it tries to bite. So one should be careful
and handle the dog gently. When there is a community person who can handle the dog advice him to assist with the