May 12, 2021
It's too often that muzzle-wearing dogs get a bad rap. It’s unfair and unwarranted that there's a stigma associated with dogs (and their owners) when it comes to this device...
...because the truth is that dogs wearing muzzles aren't always vicious or out of control. In fact, when you see a muzzle-wearing canine, it's usually a sign that the owner is just being responsible and is taking precautions to ensure the dog and YOU are safe.
And we get it...this isn't ALWAYS the case.
It’s time to set the record straight and dispel some of the common misconceptions about muzzles and why they can be a key part of responsible dog ownership.
Well-behaved dogs wear muzzles for many reasons. Muzzles are an effective tool that can help even the kindest dog safely navigate stressful situations. For example, many mild-mannered pups can get agitated during a visit to the veterinarian’s office – especially if he or she is already in pain or sick. A muzzle ensures the safety of the vet staff or groomer.
A basket muzzle can serve as an alternative to the typical e-collar – or “cone of shame” – to prevent your furry friend from licking or chewing at stitches or a wound. Most dogs find an e-collar uncomfortable and annoying.
Some dogs are adventurous eaters and their ultra-powerful sense of smell can lead them astray. Unfortunately, this curiosity can lead to dogs eating toxic substances such as garbage, dead animals, contaminated food and poisonous plants. And most of us dog owners have been grossed out by our pups eating dog poop. So, the next time you see a muzzle-wearer at the doggie park, he or she may not be aggressive. It just may be an indiscriminate eater.
Training your dog to wear a muzzle does take a little time, but it is worth it in the long run. Make a game out of wearing a muzzle with your dog. Heap praise on him or her when you put it on. Always give him a treat when you remove it. Gradually, dogs will accept a muzzle as effortlessly as a leash and collar.
Just the opposite. Training a dog to be comfortable in a muzzle is an act of kindness and compassion. When used properly, a well-fitting muzzle will not cause your buddy pain or discomfort. Muzzles are tools to help improve the behavior of your dog.
NEVER put a muzzle on a dog as a form of punishment. If you use the muzzle to force submissive behavior or if you put it on while reprimanding your dog, it will defeat the purpose. Muzzles – like leashes or crates – are simply tools to keep your buddy safe and happy.