The dog proof trap (DP trap) is a specially designed foothold trap that only catches raccoons, opossums and skunks. These traps were originally referred to as ‘coon cuffs’, and only one or two companies made them, but today they are widely popular and manufactured by numerous companies.
How do they work?
To be caught in a dog proof trap, an animal must reach their paw inside a small hole to pull out the bait, which is recessed deeply in the hole. Their paw trips a trigger which closes the trap and results in a catch. The magic in the DP trap is that dogs do not have the dexterity to reach in a small hole with their paw, and so they can’t be caught in this trap. This means that coyotes and foxes can’t be caught in these traps, and neither can domesticated pet dogs.
The dog proof trap has been a huge asset for raccoon trappers that trap in urban and suburban areas, because they can eliminate the chances of catching someone’s pet dog in their trap. It allows folks to trap in areas they otherwise would shy away from to avoid animal conflicts. It has allowed for better raccoon population control and minimized conflicts between trappers and pet owners.
The dog proof trap is widely popular among today’s trappers, and comes in many different models and configurations. There’s even an art to the type of bait used and other details of individual DP sets.