When should I muzzle my dog?


Legally we must study very well what is the breed of our pet as well as if we are forced to walk it with muzzle.

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Now, this family member, like the rest, needs some guidelines in their education to learn how you behaved both at home and on the street with strangers or other dogs to attract him with his barking.

Knowing this, we may think that the education of our dog is exquisite, that its barking is non-existent and that it is capable of behaving perfectly both at home and on the street, but legally we must study very well what is the breed of our pet as well as if we are forced to walk it with muzzle.

The muzzles of dogs: when to use it

Muzzle it doesn't have to be related to education. In fact, there are many canine educators who are against the use of the muzzle, because it is much more important the good education of our dog than putting a patch on the mouth that avoids its bites and barking.

The law obliges to muzzle all those dogs that are considered to be of dangerous breed throughout the Spanish territory

Although at first we, as owners, may be against putting a muzzle on our dog, we must bear in mind that with this we will not only be preventing our dog from adding other people or pets, but also we will be educating and teaching not to eat things from the ground or nibble feces of other dogs. Obviously, this could also be achieved with a slow education and a lot of effort, but until our dog is prepared to go without a muzzle (if the law allows it) it will be better to use it.

It is also interesting use the muzzle when we go to the vet, since dogs feel very fearful when facing their routine reviews. With the use of the muzzle we will be preventing our pet from adding to the veterinarian as well as limiting its behavior during the wait until it is our turn.

Different types of muzzles

In the specialized stores of animals we can find several types of muzzle for dogs. Depending on the size of the dog as well as the shape of its nose or its needs, we will opt for one or the other type.

Despite all the types of muzzle that we can find in the market, the most common, that we all know and can find are two, the adjustable and the basket type.

The Adjustable muzzles, despite being more aesthetic, are much more uncomfortable for our pet. These muzzles fail to keep the mouth of the dog completely closed, so you could take small bites with your teeth. In spite of this, they can be considered quite safe since the pressure and safety that we want to achieve in each case can be regulated and will prevent them from taking a bite against anything that catches their attention.

In the case of basket-type muzzles, the dog can open its mouth if it wishes, since what it does is create a separation barrier between its mouth and the outside. These muzzles are equally uncomfortable for our dog but they are very safe. The dog will not be able to bite anything, but it will allow him to breathe through his mouth when he needs it or, in case he has to vomit, it will allow him to react and we can act on time. In the case of adjustable muzzles the case of vomiting is very dangerous, since they are not allowed to open their mouths and may suffer from suffocation.

There are mainly two types: the adjustable and the basket type

Get your dog to adapt to a muzzle

If you know that your dog, because of its type of breed, will need a muzzle when he is older, accustom him since childhood even if he does not need it. Yes we add the use of the muzzle to your education classes we will be helping you so that in the future you can better face this situation that is so annoying for dogs

If, on the contrary, we begin to teach him when he is an adult, it is normal for him to respond with barking and try to scare us to avoid going through this moment. It is not going to be a pleasant situation for either of you, but you shouldn't be scared or alarmed by its barking. You are its owner and you know whether or not your dog is capable of biting you, if you see that your integrity is in danger, get away from the dog, but if all you want to do is scare yourself, you should help him understand that the muzzle is not going to make him any harm and that is something you will have to accept.

Do not try to teach your pet to use the muzzle just before leaving home. The ideal would be to practice from time to time in the tranquility of the home, rewarding him with a canine goodness every time we put on and remove the muzzle. In this way, the dog will have understood that the muzzle is a good thing for which it will be rewarded, and it will be much easier to place it when it comes to going out.

So, think carefully about whether or not your dog needs a muzzle. Do not make him go through a bad drink that he does not need for a simple whim of yours, but if it is for his sake or for complying with the law, you must implement our advice as well as those of your veterinarian, as the health of your dog It's essential.

Know the breeds of dogs that by law should use muzzle

Let's start then knowing the current legislation. Even if you know that your pet is the most peaceful animal in the world, you should put a muzzle to go outside if it is part of the races listed as potentially dangerous at the discretion of Spanish law. Take note:

But, In addition to the dogs of these breeds or that were engendered through their crossing, those animals that have most of their characteristics are also considered "potentially dangerous", although they cannot be framed as of certain "lineage".

Also note that some local laws may add other races considered dangerous to the current national list. So find out well before going for a walk with your furry.

As unfriendly as it may be, sometimes our dogs should use muzzles, especially if they are part of the breeds considered, by law, as potentially dangerous.

Situations that may require the use of the muzzle

So, If your dog is lucky not to be considered a threat by Spanish legislation, the ideal is to free him from the annoying muzzle and that - with patience and persistence - educate him so that he does not do the things that you could repress with the hated device.

However, while you are in the process of learning or, in some cases of force majeure, you may need to resort to its use. For example:

  • When you take it to the vet. Hairy people usually get nervous in the waiting room and can also try to bite the doctor if they perform any maneuver with them that is painful.
  • When you go to the dog grooming. Keep in mind that many hairy people particularly hate bathing or cutting their hair and nails.
  • When you take him out for a walk and eat anything he finds on the ground, even feces of other hairy animals, or he is aggressive with other animals.

Recommendations on the use of the muzzle

Remember that the muzzle is a very uncomfortable element for the hairy and only serves to patch or cover behaviors that still could not befind an effective solution. Putting it as punishment for improper behavior, or to prevent it from barking excessively, will only make the situation worse.

If, however, you are faced with the need or obligation by law of having your pet carry one, remember that:

  • You should not use itfor extended periods of time.
  • The animal has to be constantly monitored while wearingthe muzzle, because it can be hurt if you try to remove it or you can die drowned if you are unable to vomit.

What muzzle to choose for your pet

Pet stores offer us a variety of muzzle models. Ideally, you should choose the one that is most comfortable for your hairy and, above all, the one that allows him to open his mouth to be able to breathe well, regulate the temperature and not drown in case of vomiting. For such reasons, one of the most recommended modelsit's the basket type that createsa separation barrier between the hairy mouth and the things and beings that surround it.

The most advisable thing is that you use the furry to use the muzzle from a young age, especially if it is of the races considered potentially dangerous by law.

Go putting it on for short periods of time and reward it with a treat and flattery when you take it off. This way you will make the subject related to something positive and will not consider it a punishment.

Cloth or nylon

They are cheap and only appropriate to take the dog to the veterinarian, dog grooming or for emergency situations. These muzzles should not be used for dog training.

They restrict a dog's ability to gasp and drink water. If it is hot, it is not recommended to use it, since the dog may suffer a heat stroke. Therefore it is recommended that it be used in dogs that are being supervised by the owner and in very short periods of time.

Antitirones or open

This type of muzzle is inspired by the bite used for horse taming and specially designed for large dogs with sturdy necks.

When the dog pulls, the muzzle directs the head towards us and this prevents the dog from continuing to pull forward. The use of this muzzle with a short strap is recommended.

When the dog pulls, the muzzle directs the head towards us and this prevents the dog from continuing to pull forward. It is advisable to use this model with a short strap.

At this point, I hope I have resolved your doubts and know which is the most suitable muzzle for your dog.

Remember that it is not a punishment tool, if you have any questions leave us a comment or contact us.

- Basket muzzles

We talk about the type of traditional muzzle and known to all. The basket muzzles are the most recommended and the most used by the owners. Why? Because he is considered the more useful and practical.

The basket, consisting of grilles, leaves a considerable breadth within it, a factor that allows greater comfort of the dog. Further, the dog is able to gasp with an outstanding facility, something that other muzzles do not allow. As long as the muzzle materials adapt well to the muzzle of the dog and do not make chafing, This typology is the most recommended.

- Cloth, nylon or tube muzzles

Cloth, nylon or leather muzzles completely avoid any barking or biting of the dog, since the mouth of the dog is completely closed. However, this cannot be taken as an indisputable advantage for our dog. The panting also disappears using this muzzle, something that seriously harms our faithful companion.

Is it important for a dog to pant? Yes, since through panting, the animal cools and refreshes its organism. With this in mind, it should be noted that covering your mouth completely is against your health. So, when is it advisable to use this type of muzzle? Only in short periods in which the animal will not make any physical effort.

The first thing is to choose the right muzzle.

The most recommended muzzles are the so-called basket muzzles, through whose holes the dog can sniff, breathe and even take a prize. Cloth muzzles close the dog's entire muzzle and prevent him from panting. This stresses them greatly and also if they are agitated, they can be very dangerous since they will prevent the dog from breathing and oxygenating well as well as the fact that they release heat.

To know what size to buy, you need to measure: the length of the snout, the circumference of the snout, the distance from the eyes to the neck, the circumference of the neck, the width of its snout (seen from above to the height below the eyes), the height of the open muzzle. With these measurements, you can compare the muzzle measurements to see if it will fit.

Once you have the muzzle you must carry out desensitization, this means that your dog loses fear of the object and that, on the contrary, begin to relate it to pleasant experiences. To achieve this you will need delicious prizes, lots of patience and follow these steps:

  1. Leave the muzzle on the floor and water many tiny bits of prizes around it. Once your dog has finished them, every time he sees the muzzle, give him a prize. That will help you begin to relate it to positive experiences.
  2. After a while and some repetitions of exercise 1, what follows is to try to place the muzzle in your snout, but it should be gradually. Sit down and motivate your super puppy to be close to you. Give a prize with the muzzle on the outside, that is, do not try to put the muzzle into the muzzle. Do this a couple of times, and then try to give the prizes for the holes in the muzzle by saying "put on the muzzle" every time your dog puts its snout in the muzzle and gives it a prize. This session ends there and the next day try to pass to the step.
  3. In another session, repeat steps 1 and 2 and then, spread a natural pate, yogurt or peanut butter on the muzzle and make your Super Puppy lick it with the snout inside, so we will get more and more time with the snout inside of the muzzle.
  4. You must be very careful when you start trying to tie the muzzle ties (without placing the muzzle in its snout), you must start from scratch from step 1, but with the ties, that is, gradually approach it always accompanying with a prize, then place the tie without tying it and reward, then try to tie it and give it many prizes, then try to hold the tie more and more with the muzzle hanging.
  5. Once you are sure that your super puppy supports the muzzle in its snout and the loop in its neck, try to put it, always giving many prizes. Try a minute, take it off and congratulate him, play with him for a while and gradually increase the time he has his muzzle on.

If in any of the steps your dog is annoying or tries to remove the muzzle with his legs or carving himself on the floor means that you went too fast, start again with even more delicious prizes and be a little more patient than the previous time.

Place the muzzle to your super puppy whenever you consider that one of the circumstances that cause him to lose control can occur. If it is necessary to take the step with him, you will no longer have any problem because you will see it as a good thing.

One of the advantages of using the muzzle with a dog that could bite is that it is a safety tool for the human, somehow it feels safer if your dog is protected not to bite and this security is transmitted between them at the time of walking. Subsequently, if you work properly with the Super Puppy, modifying the behavior, it is likely that the muzzle can be removed.

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