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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