Grateful Dogs of Juneau, Alaska, Home Page Grateful Dogs of Juneau, Alaska, Home Page Grateful Dogs of Juneau, Alaska, How to be a Good Citizen Grateful Dogs of Juneau, Alaska, Calendar Grateful Dogs of Juneau, Alaska, Home Page Grateful Dogs of Juneau, Alaska, Links and Resources Grateful Dogs of Juneau, Alaska, Contact Us

Releasing Your Dog From a Conibear Trap

This is a conibear trap, and if your dog is caught in one, it is in serious trouble , as this trap is designed to kill. See instructions below on how to release an animal from this kind of trap -- it is difficult and time is of the essence !

The Conibear Trap - Shown in sprung position. Carry 2 long, strong, boot-type shoestrings with you at ALL times.

To release the trap, tie one end of a shoestring to the top loop of the spring where it runs along the jaws, run the shoestring through the bottom spring loop and then back through the top spring loop.

Then, stand on the trapchain, pinning the trap to the ground and haul up on the shoestring This will compress the spring. Pull and take up the shoestring until both sides of the spring meet. Tie off the shoestring and repeat the process on the other side of the trap, if necessary.

In the picture at the top, the trap is set and ready to kill your dog.

#1 are the springs . They are very powerful and when they are triggered, they push the pivoted jaws closed -- the X at the pivots widens.

#3 are the jaws . They do the crushing.

#2 are simple safety catches you put on while you are setting the trap in place. They swing off once that is done -- safety off and the trap is ready to fire.

#5 is the "dog" or bit of metal that holds the jaws together . It is under a lot of pressure and has a very shallow, rounded groove in it that hold one jaw against the other.

#4 is the trigger . These are thin stiff wires that the animal presses into as it enters the den. Once these wires are bumped, they slip the piece called the dog (#5) loose and the two pairs of jaws come down (#3) under the crushing drive of the springs (#1).

Important Review Tip:

A conibear trap closes with about 90 pounds of pressure
, and if you try to horse the jaw of the trap open by hand (a natural reaction, as the jaws will be crushing your dog to death), you are unlikely to succeed in getting your dog out alive.

The trick is to focus on the SPRINGS to the left and right of the trap , and to follow the procedure, as outlined above, to take the pressure off the springs .

Once the springs have been compressed with a dog leash or piece of boot lace , put the safety catches on, and repeat on the other side.


Copyright (c) by Patrick Burns.

Click Here to download information on

"How to release your dog from a trap."


Site design by  ECS-Alaska for the Grateful Dogs of Juneau (c) 1999-2017.  All rights reserved.  Original material contained in this document may be reproduced provided that the Grateful Dogs of Juneau is cited as the source.