Why Every Dog Needs a Muzzle

One tool that every dog owner should have is a properly fitted muzzle for their dog. Obviously, if you have a dog that has a problem with fear or aggression you need to use a muzzle to keep the public safe. However, even if you have the sweetest of dogs you should still have a muzzle. Any dog that is in pain or moved into pain can and will bite. Your dog will need to be muzzled in the event of an emergency where your dog has been injured.

Your dog should be comfortable wearing his muzzle – make a game out of it. The muzzle shouldn’t be a punishment or an unpleasant experience for your dog. Put some treats inside the muzzle so that your dog will be willing to stick his nose into it and only leave it on for a few seconds when you are first introducing him to his muzzle. Gradually have your dog wear it for longer periods of time and praise him while he wears it. When it comes off always give your pup a treat.

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3 Responses

  1. Kim
    No, every dog DOES NOT NEED a muzzle. I wouldn't hire you for this "article" alone.
    • bewaggle
      Kim, we appreciate your comment, and respect your opinion. But we stand by our remarks. If you've never been in a position where you or your pet sitter needed to restrain an injured pet, perhaps you've misconstrued our intent. When dogs are in pain, they can be very dangerous, even if they have never shown any signs of aggression previously. Having a properly fitted muzzle on hands, as part of your pet first aid kit, can protect you and allow you to properly attend to an injured animal in pain.
  2. While I agree that the e-Collar is dangerous in the wrong hands they can be a great tool if used peporrly. The issue is that most people don't read the instructions, don't learn from someone that knows how to use them or just thinks it is a great toy. But I digress.Put the collar on early but don't turn it on. This gets the pup used to the feel of the collar. Use a command lead or piggin string, short lead with a choke collar or a pinch collar to get the pup started on the basics. I am not going to endorse any one particular approach but I put them in the order I prefer. Once the pup knows the proper behaviour you can use the eCollar at very low settings. I have not used the tone mode but I am seriously considering that with the next pup.If you haven't trained a dog or two with a check cord, don't start with an eCollar and go to a class. There are some great DVDs out there but I think that a live seminar is a good way to start. I have trained under about 4 professionals and they are all different but they are also very much the same.

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