|Barked: Mon Oct 22, '12 3:28pm PST |
|I think muzzles are great tools for people. If I had a dog who I had concerns about I would, without hesitation, muzzle my dogs in public.
There is a fantastic youtube video by Chirag Patel about conditioning your dog to LOVE their muzzle. I did this with both of my dogs not because they need to be muzzled but because I want them comfortable wearing one just in case.
How to teach your dog to love their muzzle
I didn't do every one of his steps and I changed up some of it but it's a FANTASTIC place to start so your dog doesn't get stressed about the muzzle.
Also, make sure you get an APPROPRIATE style muzzle for your dog. I was at an event recently where someone had their dog muzzled (this was a dog event and ignoring for a moment that a dog who has to be muzzled in public may not be an appropriate dog to have at this type of crowded event)... but this big black dog had a grooming muzzle on which prevented her from panting, drinking, or eating. This is very dangerous because dogs can quickly overheat if they are not able to pant or drink. You want to make sure you get a properly fitting basket style muzzle.
If this is NOT a dog who seriously wants to kill everything all the time, my favorite type of muzzle is the Baskerville Ultra muzzle.... it's lightweight, comfortable, somewhat flexible, and has the added security of a forehead strap. It is what 99% of the people I work with opt for their dog if it needs a muzzle--it's secure and absolutely keeps everyone safe.
If your dog seriously wants to kill people/dogs, you may want to invest in a JAFCO muzzle, they are a bit more bulky, with a bit less room for deliver treats, and is a bit heavier/bulkier to the dog but since it only has small holes, it's much less likely for a person/dog to get a body part in the holes of the muzzle and in the mouth of the dog.
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