If you've followed my blog at all, you will know that I am a huge advocate for being proactive with training and management. Chirag Patel says, "Act before the animal suffers" and I 100% agree with him. That's why I am a huge advocate for muzzle training your dog, especially if that dog is fearful or reactive but ANY dog can benefit from muzzle training.
Dogs bite. That's just a fact of life that we as dog owners need to accept. If a dog is afraid or in pain they could bite. Anything with teeth can and will bite. A dog that is hurt or afraid might need to wear a muzzle at the vet and it's so much easier on them if they have already been trained to wear one.
Muzzles keep everyone safe and prevent your dog from ending up with a bite history.
As owners, we have to prepare our dogs for scary things. Let's face it, the world can be terrifying and dogs need to know how to behave when they are upset. Teaching dogs to allow handling is imperative and one aspect of that should be muzzle training. Dogs need to learn that a muzzle is not a scary thing and that it's no big deal. That way if the time comes and the dog needs to be muzzled, it doesn't add to their stress.
Check out this video by Kikopup on how to muzzle train a dog.
Both of my dogs are trained to wear a muzzle and it's just one more training thing that happens around here regularly. When conditioned properly, wearing a muzzle is not a big deal and shouldn't be stressful. Phoenix even offers to stick her nose into hers all by herself without being asked!
Muzzles are not just for dogs who might display aggressive behaviors, they are also useful for different situations such as: canine sports like lure coursing (any sort of dog racing events, muzzles are required and not optional), for dogs who eat things they shouldn't out in the environment, or dogs who have had surgery and don't do well in a cone. I've even heard of some cities allowing dogs on trains as long as they are muzzled!
The muzzle that I use is called a basket muzzle and I prefer it over the soft fabric muzzles. Basket muzzles are awesome because they are easier to do activities in them. The dogs can easily breath, pant and even drink water in them. I'm hoping I can replace my ugly tan muzzle for a pretty painted sighthound muzzle soon!
Check out The Muzzle Up Project for more information!
Today we are joining the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop. This month's theme is First Aid/Emergency Training but any positive posts are welcome. Stop by the other blogs to see what they are doing! Thanks so much to the hosts!