Actually, I was going to try Calming Signals, first. I thought I was taking a good approach, offering him food from the other side of the fence, so he would feel safe. It didn’t work out so great. The first chunk of hotdog I tossed to him just happened to hit him right between the eyes. I’m used to my dogs catching treats. I tossed him another bit of hotdog, and he got up and walked away. Fortunately, Dori and Carmen had planned for this, and they had the barriers set up so that Buddha would be funneled into a fenced backyard. Once inside, he tried to find a way out, but then he just settled in the corner for a nap. I sat in the fenced yard hoping to use calming signals, but calming signals can’t work if a dog’s eyes are closed.
So, we set up the trap just outside the gate. When we had it all set, Carmen opened the gate, and she went and roused Buddha from his slumber. Buddha grumbled and whined, unhappy about Carmen getting in his space. After a few minutes, he headed for the gate. He walked right into the trap with hardly any hesitation. He wasn’t happy once he learned he was trapped, but he didn’t work too hard to escape. Once in the trap, I could see he was still a puppy, maybe 7 or 8 months old. I took the 48 inch trap inside the kennel trap, to get him in there for transport. He didn’t want anything to do with that. It took about an hour to get him in the smaller trap. Carmen could pet him through the fencing, and he liked that. He didn’t like me so much, inside the kennel with him. We eventually got him in the smaller trap by using a section of fencing to get him wedged toward one side, and then using a sled to scoot him into the trap. Once in the smaller trap, he whined and grumbled but he was okay.
Buddha looks a lot like Mu. I wanted to hug him, but he didn’t want that. Once we were at the vet, he was much calmer toward me, but still not wanting to be petted. He is at the shelter now.