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Large Wild Dog Leghold Trap


Large Wild Dog Leghold Trap

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Fast Dog Leg Hold Trap 

Wild dogs decimate farm animals and wildlife. They are hunting for meat daily, generally in packs. It is in the dogs nature to work as a team so that the prey animal does not stand a chance. Some hunters and farmers report being stalked by wild dog packs.

Fast traps that hold big wild dogs

These dog traps come ready to use. This is an extremely fast rubber-jawed trap with four strong coiled springs to hold large and powerful dogs such as escaped pig dogs and Rotweiller-sized dogs. It is great value for money for wild dog trapping.

Purpose-built trap design

This trap has a solid, dogless large pan to increase surface activation area for the dogs foot. It comes with a strong, double t-bar shock spring added to the chain to reduce the amount of jolt when the animal is first trapped and instinctively runs, as well as two strong double swivels built into the chain to minimize tangling and shortening of the chain. The chain is centrally and securely mounted under the pan.

The robust steel trap has a thicker and stronger pan than standard with a night latch for easy setting. The pan sits flat, straight out of the box, and is fully adjustable for tensioning. This trap design has the pan hinge all the way to the back edge of the trap so that more of the pan surface becomes a useful target area for the dogs foot. On most other trap models, the hinge side of the pan needs more pressure to set it off. This design creates more useful leverage in the back of the pan, effectively increasing the target area, designed for more catches in relatively less time than a standard design leg hold trap. 

Extra welds have been added to this trap for increased strength for big animals and to the double t-bar shock spring in the chain. There is a spring retainer wire locked in place by the smaller pair of springs to prevent them being pulled off the spring holder. The individual chain joins are welded closed.

A good extra option is to have a double stake ring added to the end of your chain if securing the trap by using stakes instead of securing it by tying it with fencing or other wire to a solid tree or post. The stake depth and the holding wire will need to be more than adequate for large, strong dogs trying to escape the trap.

Trap weight is 1.5 kg. Jaw width is 12 cm. Effective pan size is 92 x 58 mm.


You do not want to be caught using illegal, old-style serrated jaw traps. In Victoria, it is a two year jail term and a $10,000 fine. In Queensland, it is a lot steeper than that. Each state has their rules. It is up to the trapper to know the trapping rules that apply to them. Some of the old style traps are very valuable as collector items.

This trap’s rubber jaws are offset with a 1/4 inch gap and are laminated down with a top strip of steel to reduce closing impact pressure on the trapped animal. The trap is designed so that smaller, lighter weight animals should not set it off. If your own dog is accidentally caught in the trap, it will be sore but unlike poisons or shooting, it is reversible and it can be let out of a leg hold trap. Best to keep your own dogs away from set traps.

How many traps?

The more traps placed around a dead sheep in a paddock adds to the likelihood of a successful dog catch and sooner than if a single trap was used. Some people use eight traps in a ring around the dead animal to trap wild dogs sooner rather than later. You may trap more than one dog at a time with a ring of traps around the bait.

Other trappers tie a piece of meat from a tree branch, just out of reach of a dog. When the dog jumps up for the meat, it lands in the trap buried in the ground below. Placing set traps near fresh wild dog droppings is another option, say near the base of a tree that they are marking.

Trap preparation

New traps can be lightly boiled in soapy water for up to an hour to get the factory grease off, rinsed well in water and deliberately left to rust so that they then do not glint in sunlight. A glint of metal could be all it takes to prevent a dog from going near the trap. The trap metal can then be coated lightly with a sealer like eucalyptus oil or other oil, wax or fat that is not a foreign smell to canines. Other trappers catch dogs and foxes without doing this trap preparation. There are variables and personal preferences developed in trapping but the nature of wild animals is generally predictable.

Setting the trap

Stand on the arms left and right of the jaws to open up and set the both jaws flat, then carefully position the set trap with the pan sitting level and parallel with the ground surface, not angled up one end or the other. The trap activation pressure can be tested by pressing a wooden stick on the pan so that you see the trap action and get a feel of how much pressure it takes to activate it.

Some trappers bury the set trap, first covered by a sheet of newspaper, then a thin layer of river sand (so that it does not set like concrete after rain) and cover the sand with local leaf litter, withholding the leaf litter directly over the pan, exactly where you want the animals foot to go, so that it all looks like a continuation of the ground level. Other trappers sit the set traps on top of the ground and then cover the trap with grass mound to hide the glint and sight of metal. An option in both methods is to put a piece of meat buried under the set trap. This is good use of a shot feral cat or roadkill rabbit as bait.

Outsmarting wild dogs

Having no human scent on the trap itself and around the set trap puts the trapping odds in your favour.

Good trapping practice is not sophisticated. A key part of trapping is to not leave and human or synthetic scent. It includes wearing clean-soled boots reserved just for trapping (say a spare pair of clean gumboots with no trace of petrol, oils or solvents on the soles of the boots), kneeling on a clean mat (hessian bag) when digging in the trap and wearing clean gloves with no chemical residue when handling traps. You may not smell the chemicals, they will. Clothing is best for trapping when it is not washed in laundry detergent which wild canines will pick up as a smell to be wary of. Most wild dogs and foxes are extremely smart survivors, especially the older ones who have been around the block a few times. These are the animals that do the most damage to wildlife and livestock. The younger ones learn from them.

Good trapping practice

Decide what you are going to do with a live, trapped, wild animal before you start trapping. Shooting of a trapped feral or pest animal is a quick and humane kill if you are in an area where shooting is viable and sensible. Draw and keep a map of where all set traps are positioned or photograph trap locations with your phone. Check set traps at least once a day for catches and deal with the animal. Remove all set traps by a fixed time limit and set them elsewhere if they have not been successful.


A traditional set of three leghold traps purchased in the same order attracts a discount. 11 or more traps purchsed together attracts a larger discount.

Our current leg hold steel soft jaw trap range includes for four trap sizes - rabbit, feral cat/fox, fox/dog and this big wild dog trap which is the only one with four springs - the other traps have two springs which is adequate for the size of the animal.


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