Even if you think your dog doesn’t need a muzzle it is a fantastic idea to get them used to the experience of wearing one anyway. There are many situations in which your dog may have one put on for periods of time, even if they aren’t used to it. For instance, if your dog gets groomed for the first time, they may show aggressive behaviors and bite the groomer if a hair gets snagged on their tools, if this happens the groomer might just strap a muzzle on your dog even if your dog has never worn one before. This stressful situation might make your dog’s behavior worse and they could hurt themselves trying to get it off.
How to Get Your Dog Used to a Muzzle
Introducing your dog to a muzzle requires patience. The last thing you want to do is rush this process, because if you do it can make your dog freak out and exhibit bad behaviors every time you put it on them. Please take the time to watch this video on when and how to get your dog used to it before taking the first step and attempting to put one on your dog.
My sister has a very sad story that could have been avoided if her dog was wearing a muzzle. She brought her little dog Coco to visit the groomer, while she was being groomed one of the tools snagged Coco’s hair and Coco bit the groomers glove. When that happened the groomer pulled her hand away, when she did the glove got caught on Coco’s tooth, thus breaking her jaw. The break was so bad that my sister had to put her dog down as it was going to cost thousands of dollars in emergency vet bills. Coco was a very sweet dog, thus showing ANY dog can snap under extreme anxiety or fear. If Coco had a muzzle on this could have been avoided.
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