A muzzle helps to create a barrier between your dog’s mouth and others. It helps keep control over dogs that tend to snap, have unpredictable behaviour or are very scared and disoriented. It does not cause your dog any pain and if used properly it can work as a training tool. But there are many muzzle shapes, sizes and designs out there. How do you know which is the ideal muzzle for your dog? Read more to find out.
The Ideal Muzzle
An ideal muzzle is one that creates a barrier in front of our dog’s mouth but does not restrict them from barking, drinking, taking treats, panting and breathing. Go for muzzles with a wide netting that allows your index finger into each spacing.
Also look for muzzles that are adjustable and have soft straps that do not cause any skin irritations. A good muzzle is one that comes in various sizes and has adjustable straps to accommodate the versatile dog varieties. An Ideal muzzle looks somewhat like this:
Training With A Muzzle
You may have to muzzle some dogs every time they are around other dogs or humans. However, this does not mean you should use the muzzle as a sort of punishment. Remember, we only use a muzzle for his or her own safety as well as the safety of others around her. This does not mean she is a bad girl.
Remember to give your dog some time to smell the muzzle and have it on for a few minutes before you take it off only to make them accustomed to the muzzle. Give them many treats when they have it on so that they know that it is not a punishment. Always get them accustomed to the muzzle at home before you take them out. If they are calm in the muzzle they are more likely to feel comfortable with it around other dogs too. If trained well, dogs can learn to be calm around other dogs when they are wearing the muzzle. Soon they may not need it at all. However, they must undergo consistent training to reach that stage.
Do keep in mind that there is a variety of soft muzzles that are supported with Velcro. These muzzle are advised for medical professionals only. This is because these muzzles are easy to put on frightened or injured dogs that are likely to attack. The reason why we do not recommend it for dog owners is because they should not keep their dogs in these velcro muzzles for more than 20 minutes at a time. It is ideal for your dog if it needs to get an injection or treatment but is not ideal for long walks.
It’s important to keep in mind that a muzzle can be used or abused. If used correctly it can be an excellent training tool and if used wrongly it can cause anxiety, depression and even more aggression.
Here are certain things you must keep in mind when you use a muzzle:
- Never keep your dog unattended when wearing a muzzle
- Only use it when needed and do not keep it on for too long
- Make sure it is clean or else the dirt can enter their nose and mouth and can easily make them sick
- Also use the ideal size for your dog- a size too big will easily fall off and wont be as effective, and a size too small may cause obstruction in breathing, panting or any other activity
- Never let children or uninformed individuals supervise your dog when he or she is on a muzzle
As responsible pet parents we must use pet products carefully keeping their well being in mind. We hope this article was helpful and allows you to choose the ideal muzzle for your pooch.