You’ve probably had an incident in which your dog acted out and ended up causing some harm. This is not a strange occurrence, it’s absolutely normal. Many a time you’ll attend the veterinarian’s’ office only for your dog to bite the vet. This can cause a traumatic response if it happens in the wrong context. But there’s a solution to this malady.
You can always relax your dog by using a muzzle, this ensures safety to those around you, especially children. Please note that this is only a safety measure and should never be used for prolonged periods of time. More-so, it should not be used as a form of punishment.
If your dog has a tendency to bite toddlers, resist the temptation to put a muzzle on it. This will just make matters even worse. This is only appropriate if it is used when the dog is around other dogs.
It should never be used as punishment, but only for the dog’s own protection. At the same time, if your dog tends to bite children, don’t put on the muzzle and allow children to pet your dog. The muzzle should not be used as a solution to excessive barking, chewing, or any kind of aggressive behavior.
The basket type of muzzle works best. However, the dog needs to get used to the muzzle. This allows your dog to open its mouth and drink some water if need be. It’s also advisable to purchase the plastic muzzle rather than the metallic type.
Most importantly, you need the opening while you’re conducting a training. The mesh type of muzzle is the best, it lightweight and thus it won’t be a great burden to the dog. The other factor to consider is the amount of time that the dog wears the muzzle, it should be for short periods of time. Whenever you notice that your dog is having difficulty breathing or it’s overheated, just remove the muzzle.
Remember, like any other type of training its very important to make sure that you use rewards and treats to train your dog on how to use the muzzle. As a result, your dog will not be afraid of having to put on a muzzle. It works wonders.
We’ve therefore put up some points below that will help you in training your dog to adapt to the muzzle.
It’s important to start slowly and maintain a gradual and slow pace, this will allow your dog to take it easy and be comfortable about the whole process.
This works very strategically. The first thing you do is to hide the muzzle behind your back, you then show it to your dog. After the dog has seen the muzzle, then give it a treat or reward. This exercise should be repeated severally to ensure success. The next time that your dog sees the muzzle, it will be very exciting.
Putting The Muzzle In Your Dog’s Snout
The next thing is to train your dog to place its snout inside the muzzle. This is very easy to do, all you have to do is to place some treats inside the muzzle. This should be something that the dog can lick, peanut butter works well.
The minute your dog inserts its snout inside the muzzle, you then go ahead and lock the muzzle. Let the dog insert its snout voluntary, this should not be done by force.
Familiarize the Dog To The Sound
Shortly before you can fasten the dog’s muzzle, you need to make sure that it gets acquainted with the sound. How? The same way we did in the first step. Make sure that the dog gets a treat before you can close the fastener.
Fastening the Muzzle In Your Dog’s Snout
Assuming that your dog is very comfortable with the muzzle. The next thing is to ensure that you fasten the muzzle. Close the fastener and open it up immediately. Then go ahead and give your dog a treat. This should be repeated several times to ensure that the dog has been acquainted with the phases. At this point, make sure that the muzzle is not too tight or too loose, it should just fit inside the snout perfectly.
To conclude, we remind you again that the muzzle is nothing but a safety measure. It should not be used for prolonged periods of time. This training will not happen overnight, you, therefore, need to be very patient about the whole process.