Wire Basket Style Muzzle For Dogs
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To accustom your adolescent or adult dog to muzzles of various kinds, simply choose some convenient time in cool weather (ie cool enough that panting won't be an issue) when nothing else is going on and put a properly fitting muzzle of a type that allows the mouth to open several inches, upon the dog, making sure to tighten all straps sufficiently that the dog cannot scrape or pull the muzzle off. This will probably mean one hole tighter than you will use once the dog has totally accepted being muzzled. Be very sure that the dog cannot succeed in removing the muzzle. Use a few cords to anchor it to his collar if necessary. I would recommend using the nylon cloth type of muzzle as the most comfortable type and one which is fairly secure, ie hard for the dog to remove. Most dogs will initially be somewhat disturbed to find this thing on their face and will make some effort to get rid of it. (If using a wire basket type of muzzle, you may prefer to do this outdoors in your yard, as indoors he might try to scrape it against your furniture, causing damage to same. Also you should wear sturdy old pants rather than shorts or skirt, as the dog may try to scrape the muzzle off against your legs.) When efforts to rid himself of the muzzle fail, the dog will settle down and tolerate it. If possible, you should be passive and simply wait for this to happen. However if the dog does not seem to be settling down, then you might put him on a Sit-Stay (if he already knows this --- which he should!) and then enforce any breaks or fidgets just as you would for any other Sit-Stay. Wait until he has tolerated it without any removal efforts for about 5 minutes, then remove it. At the next session, go for 8 to 10 minutes. Next time only 5 minutes, then the next one go for 10 to 15 minutes. By this time the dog should be resigning himself to the muzzle from the moment it is placed on him. Once that stage is reached, you need merely do a 5 to 15 minute session once or twice a week for the next month and then once or twice a month. You may want to combine being muzzled with doing obedience or agility exercises, but not of course any retrieving exercises. If so, be very observant to ensure that the muzzle allows unrestricted panting.
Photo provided by Flickr The basket muzzle also reduces the physical stress caused by the confinement of nylon muzzles, because there is no confinement. The dogs are just prevented from aggressive and unwanted biting. Open wire muzzles still allows for the dog to breathe freely, drink and eat without hindrance.
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The wire basket dog muzzle will discourage dogs from biting, chewing and eating unwanted objects such as rocks and sticks and still allow for the dog to breath freely, pant and drink water.Use a muzzle to ensure safety of the cat in an inherrently unpredictable situation and to eliminate owner's anxiety allowing owner to behave in calm and thinking manner. Wire basket or Greyhound is probably best type to use. Dog's owner should be prepared to either correct dog for any attempted aggression or else to simply interrupt the behavior and call the dog away from the cat to be rewarded. (I'd probably correct a more aggressive or more intense dog and simply distract and call back a less aggressive and less intense dog.) Some kind of basket muzzle is the very best type for use for extended periods of time, and it can be left on an unattended dog with reasonable safety. Airflow is excellent. If properly fitted, will allow full opening of dog's jaws for panting, water drinking, and for vomiting. Proper fit is with plenty of extra room above and below the snout and some extra room ahead of the tip of the snout. Inspect the design carefully : some of the wire types are incomplete in that there is a wire that should go all the way around the circumference of the snout , but that wire instead has a gap under the jaw, which can allow a vigorous opening of the jaws (as when lunging for a bite) to pop the wires apart and make a bite possible. This deficiency can be remedied by adding some wire across the gap, connecting the two parallel longitudinal wires so they cannot be forced apart. Also I recommend adding a strap that goes from center of top of snout up between the eyes to center of the top of the about the neck strap ; this makes it much harder for dog to pull muzzle foreword off the tip of the snout. If the dog is to be wearing the muzzle for many hours at a time, I suggest adding some padding on the inside of the muzzle where it rests on the top of the dog's snout to prevent abrasion. Pros: These muzzles cover the dog’s entire muzzle and mouth. In addition, the basket part of the muzzle is often loose around the dogs’ nose, allowing them to open their mouths. Therefore, these muzzles provide protection while still allowing the dog to pant, drink, and (depending on the muzzle) eat. They are better for longer term usage, and I advise clients that they can wear it for about an hour at a time while supervised. Plastic and wire muzzles are usually easy to clean.