“Muzzles have done more to protect owners and their dogs than legislation”, quote by Dr Mugford.
A muzzle is not a bad thing… yes, that’s right lets say it again. A muzzle is not a bad thing. Many people feel a tinge of shame, fear or embarrassment when they are told their dog should be muzzle trained. I would love to see the muzzle stigmas removed. Here is my attempt to help dog owners understand muzzles just a little bit better.
Let’s start by busting some myths:
My dog can’t eat or drink with a muzzle on.
There are different types of muzzles. Some are ideal for vet clinics and others are perfect for training, because they allow your dog to drink, pant and eat through the muzzle. The best muzzles for training reactive dogs are basket muzzles.
A muzzle will not fit my dog.
Yes, it will. Deerhounds, rotties, pugs, and great danes there is a muzzle that will comfortably fit every dog breed. There is a muzzle on the market for every dog in every shape and size… heck there are even goat muzzles available. There are even muzzles that can be purchased, heated up in the microwave and custom fit to your dogs face. Make sure that you pick a muzzle that fits your dog and if your not sure how to do this click here fitting muzzles.
Muzzles will make my dog look scary looking.
Maybe, this is true, but muzzles are frequently used by responsible owners in all sorts of situations – such as controlling excitable animal during vet visit, when meeting new dogs, or during busy events and gatherings – and new products have been designed to be welfare friendly. They are another great tool in the training box for responsible owners – alongside good discipline and positive reinforcement – and ultimately provide peace of mind if you are worried about a dog’s reaction.
My dog can’t protect himself in a muzzle.
Yes, that right they can’t. That being said it is our responsibility to protect our dog. If you are putting your dog in situations where he feels like he needs to protect himself or really actually needs to protect himself then that maybe a even bigger problem. If your dog has a opportunity to bite a human or another animal that could be a really big problem. Thousands of dogs a year are euthanized for behaving badly. This allows you to protect your dog from his own behavior.
“I can handle my dog without a muzzle.” and “I really don’t think he needs one”
A dog biting a human or animal is a really big deal. With tougher laws surrounding antisocial dog behavior coming into force, dog owners might find themselves worried what the changes could mean for them. The legal changes mean a possible 14-year prison sentence for owners of dogs that kill, as well as tougher terms for people whose animals attack a person in a home or private property, or attack assistance animals such as guide dogs. Here’s the deal you don’t only wear a seat belt when you ride in a car because you anticipate getting into a car wreck, it is just incase. If you wear it and don’t get into a wreck it’s no big deal, but if you get into a wreck and your not wearing one you may wish you had been. The same is true for a muzzle, if there is any potential for your dog biting a human or animal it is your responsibility to fit your dog with a muzzle. Don’t let ego cloud your judgment.
To learn how to teach your dog to love wearing a muzzle read this: Muzzle Training