Dog muzzles have a bad rap because they have been traditionally associated with "aggressive" dogs. But times are changing and dog trainers around the world are seeing the benefits of having a dog that will happily wear a muzzle.
- For example, your dog may be fine at the vet under normal circumstances, but what if there's an emergency and he's hurt badly? A dog in extreme pain will often lash out at his owner or anyone else that is trying to help. Biting is sometimes the only way the dog can communicate that he's hurt and scared.
- Or suppose your dog needs acupuncture treatments and you don't want him to interfere with the needle placement? A muzzle is often more comfortable for the dog during treatment than a cone or an Elizabethan collar.
- Muzzles can also be helpful for dogs who like to eat non-food items during walks or hikes (such as dead animals, poop from other animals, or garbage that’s been dropped in the street).
When properly conditioned with positive associations, a muzzle doesn’t cause a dog discomfort or fear. In addition, a properly fitted muzzle allows the dog to drink, pant, and take treats. So don't wait until you need your dog to wear a muzzle, make it just another fun training trick that you teach your young dog.
Jasey Day will explain some of the different situations where a muzzle might be useful and show you how to get your dog to love wearing his muzzle.
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Jasey is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer. She teaches weekly group classes at a local vet clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also owns and runs Day Fit Dogs, which provides canine fitness private lessons and seminar services.
Since 2004, Jasey has taught a variety of workshops, seminars, and classes on the following: Canine Fitness, Canine Swimming, Puppy, Canine Good Citizen/Family Pet, Advanced Family Pet, Rally, and Agility. In addition, Jasey has earned over 60 titles across four dogs in Dock Diving, Agility, Rally, CGC, and Trick Dog. Jasey advanced her canine fitness knowledge by being an active member of the Bobbie Lyons K9FITteam from 2018-2020. Jasey's Labrador Retriever and Australian Cattle Dog spend their time hiking, training, teaching classes, dock diving, herding, and/or doing agility.