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Muzzles: Not Just For Aggression Anymore!

Contrary to popular belief, a muzzle isn’t only used for aggressive dogs. There are many reasons that a canine professional may use one to help a dog overcome a problem behavior. There are also many ways they can be beneficial to perfectly balanced dogs.

Here are just a few of the ways that muzzles are used on dogs that are not aggressive.

  1. Vet VisitsFor certain procedures, some vets make it standard practice to use a muzzle on your dog. It helps to prevent bites and allows them to focus on the task at hand.
  2. GroomingSimilarly, some groomers will use a muzzle right from the start, particularly for things like trimming nails, which often makes dogs nervous.
  3. Cone ReplacementPlastic or fabric cones, also known as E-collars (as in “Elizabeth”), can be effective at keeping your dog from biting or licking an irritated area, but they can also be troublesome for maneuvering and block a dog’s field of vision. A basket style muzzle, which allows your dog to pant but not to bite itself, can be just as effective without these problems.
  4. Separation AnxietyChewing household items is a common symptom of separation anxiety, and if your dog swallows things he shouldn’t, it can mean an emergency trip to the vet. A muzzle can help stop the behavior while you work on rehabilitation.
  5. Eating Dangerous ItemsDoes your dog enjoy snacking on random items while you’re out for a walk? A muzzle can help stop him from eating something dangerous while your attention is focused elsewhere — like on picking up the poop!
  6. Canine SocializationWhen you’re adding a new dog to the pack, it can take time to get them acquainted, but in the meantime, you don’t want to risk injury to either dog. A muzzle can help — but it is not a substitute for introducing a new dog properly.
  7. Human SocializationA muzzle can make humans who are scared of dogs feel safer and help them find the courage to interact and overcome their fear. This is a situation where the Funny Muzzle is a particularly good fit, since it also adds humor to a sometimes tense situation.

What are some ways that you use a muzzle in your day-to-day life with your dog? Share in the comments!

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