The dogs in line Step-by-step guide: how to muzzle train your dog.
Muzzles have often been associated with negative connotations, but when used correctly, they can be a valuable tool for both the safety of your dog and those around them. Muzzle training is an essential skill that every pet owner should consider, and the good news is that it can be a stress-free and positive experience for your canine companion, if given time.
Muzzle training is an invaluable skill that holds immense benefits for both dogs and their owners, particularly in the aftermath of the Government's ban on XL Bully breeds. With the ban in effect, prioritising safety has become paramount for dog owners, especially those with XL Bullies. Muzzle training not only safeguards your dog but also shields you from unwanted scrutiny.
The New Rule:
As a response to the XL Bully breed ban, a crucial regulation now mandates that all XL Bully breeds must wear muzzles when in public. While this requirement is specific to XL Bully dogs, we strongly advocate for muzzle training across all breeds. Whether for vet visits, grooming sessions, or managing behavioural concerns, muzzle training provides a sense of security and comfort for everyone involved.
Understanding the Need for Muzzle Training:
Before diving into the training process, it's crucial to understand why muzzle training is beneficial. Muzzles are not just for aggressive dogs; they can be used in various situations, such as visits to the veterinarian, grooming sessions, or public spaces with other animals. A well-mannered muzzle-trained dog is not only safer but also less stressed in unfamiliar situations.
Comfort is key:
Understanding how the muzzle may appear to you can sometimes be a tricky aspect of muzzle training, and it's completely normal for many owners to feel a bit uneasy about it. So, it's important to take some time to adjust and get used to it. Remember, prioritising your dog's comfort over the appearance of the muzzle is key.
Choose the Right Muzzle:
Selecting the appropriate muzzle is the first step in the training process. There are various types of muzzles available, including basket muzzles and soft muzzles. Choose one that allows your dog to pant, drink water, and take treats while wearing it.
Soft fabric muzzles:
It's advisable to use soft muzzles for short durations, such as during grooming sessions or when trimming your dog's nails.
However, it's worth noting that these muzzles often restrict the dog's ability to open their mouths entirely, and in my experience, dogs may find it easier to slip out of them.
The Baskerville Muzzle - Ultra
The Baskerville Ultra Muzzle is designed with clever features that prioritise ease of use and your dog's comfort, all while upholding our commitment to safety above all else. This muzzle is particularly beneficial for dogs that may react anxiously in situations involving other dogs, people, or new environments, making it an excellent choice for vet visits and similar scenarios.
Your dog can breathe easy with the Baskerville Ultra Muzzle's allowing for panting and drinking, even during daily walks or longer wear periods. Its customisable shape, akin to a mouth-guard, can be heat-shaped to fit various nose shapes, ensuring a tailored fit for your furry friend. Perfect for reactive dogs, you can use it to train and reward them in all situations. Crafted from strong Thermo Plastic Rubber (TPR), it's safe to prevent bites, and with features like a lockable neck strap clip, head-strap, and collar attachment, it provides extra security. Plus, with padded straps and no metal work on your dog's face, it's comfortable for dogs of all sizes, making it a great choice for small, medium, or large breeds.
The basket style muzzle
Ideal for breeds with longer noses like Dachshunds, Greyhounds, and German Shepherds, this basket-style muzzle comes equipped with an additional muzzle guard. This feature effectively deters scavenging on walks, stopping behaviours like eating feaces or bothering wildlife.
Baskerville Wide Fit Muzzle:
The Baskerville Wide Fit Muzzle, a one-of-a-kind basket muzzle crafted to prioritise your dog's well-being, enabling them to engage in all the natural activities that define being a dog!
From panting to drinking and playing, this brachycephalic muzzle is tailored for broad or short-nosed dogs, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit for their daily walks and other needs.
Constructed with a blend of strength and lightweight materials, its padded nose piece ensures comfort for your broad or flat-nosed companion in any situation.
Step-by-step guide: how to muzzle train your dog
This process typically takes about 1 to 3 weeks. Practicing three times a day can expedite the training process.
Positive Association Stages:
Introduce the muzzle to your dog and immediately reward with a treat when they interact with it. Repeat this step frequently.
Hold the muzzle with the opening facing your dog and your hand underneath to catch treats. Place treats in the opening and let your dog take them. Praise verbally and repeat.
Hold the muzzle in your palm and place a treat in the middle so your dog has to put their whole face in to retrieve it. Reward and repeat.
With the muzzle still in your hand, place treats at the back so your dog must fully insert their face. Reward and repeat.
Once your dog is comfortable with stages 1-4, begin rewarding by placing treats through the front of the muzzle. Repeat frequently.
With the muzzle off, make the strap as large as possible and encourage your dog to put their head through the loop. Reward and repeat.
Tighten the straps slightly and repeat stage 5, clipping the muzzle together after your dog puts their face in. Reward and repeat.
Gradually tighten the muzzle straps until it fits comfortably but loosely. Repeat stage 5, clipping the muzzle together once your dog inserts their face. Reward and repeat.
Further tighten the muzzle and practice putting it on and off. Your dog should be comfortable with this process.
With the muzzle on, continue rewarding by placing treats through the front. Repeat frequently.
Once your dog is comfortable, gradually increase the duration of wearing the muzzle during walks and at home to ensure they become accustomed to it for longer periods.
If you encounter any challenges or need further guidance throughout the muzzle training process, don't hesitate to reach out. Your dog's comfort and safety are our top priorities, and we're here to support you every step of the way. Feel free to contact us for assistance or additional resources to ensure a positive experience for both you and your beloved canine companion.