Having a dog muzzle at home is essential, since You will need it in certain situations. Not only if you have a PPP, but any dog, you may need or even have to wear a muzzle at certain times, such as when traveling by subway or on some visits to the veterinarian. But how to choose the best muzzle for your dog? We tell you.
When should a dog wear a muzzle?
The dog muzzle It is mandatory for those considered to be potentially dangerous dogs, that is, those that are cataloged as such in the Official State Gazette (Spain), however, it can also be an essential tool for those professional canine trainers who do sessions of behavior modification with dogs that exhibit aggressiveness, coprophagy or other behavioral problems that may require the use of the muzzle.
However, the dog's muzzle should not be used permanently (except when prescribed by a qualified specialist, such as a veterinarian or professional canine trainer), to treat disorders related to separation or as a method of punishment. Nor should we muzzle our dog at home without supervision, as we could generate a severe picture of stress and anxiety in the dog.
Cloth or nylon dog muzzle
The first muzzle we show you is known as "cloth muzzle", "nylon muzzle" or "closed muzzle". At first glance it may seem more comfortable, light and aesthetic than other types of muzzle, however, we recommend using it only in an emergency or on very specific occasions.
Unlike other types of muzzle, this model does not allow the dog to gasp, something essential for you to regulate your body temperature. Remember that dogs do not sweat, but expel heat from the body through panting, a physiological mechanism of the body. Another drawback presented by this muzzle is that the dog can't drink water eat or bark, thus increasing stress levels and favoring the appearance of a heat stroke in the dog, a very serious veterinary emergency.
While it is a muzzle very economical, we must be aware of its disadvantages, which directly affect the health of the dog. Avoid using it for walking, physical exercise or any other lasting activity and get it if you are only going to use it in very specific circumstances.
Muzzle for basket or rack dogs
This second muzzle is known as "basket muzzle"," grid muzzle "or" basket muzzle "and may be made of very different materials, from metal to plastic. Unlike the cloth muzzle, the dog will be able to gasp, drink and even receive awards With him on.
It is especially indicated for those dogs that should use it regularly, such as "potentially dangerous dogs" (American staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier, stafffordshire bull terrier.) or those with behavioral problems.
This muzzle is easier to positivize than the previous one, since it is more comfortable, which will favor the dog to better tolerate its use. It is also a lot safer and more resistant, especially if we choose one of good quality.
Muzzle for brachycephalic dogs
Surely you've ever heard of the brachycephalic dog breeds, such as the boxer, the carlino, the French bulldog or the burgundy bulldog among others. These dogs are characterized by having a round skull and a flattened snout that offers them a very unique appearance. However, this characteristic does not only affect their appearance, but predisposes them to suffer health problems, usually related to breathing.
Precisely because of this condition it is essential that we dedicate time to look for a suitable muzzle, although it is not always easy to find it, because muzzles for moly dogs and brachycephals are not available in all stores. It may be interesting to check specialized stores or online stores to find them
Once again highlight the importance of choose a basket muzzle above those of fabric that do not allow the dog to pant properly, because especially in this case we can cause serious health problems.
Tie muzzle, training or anti-pull (halti)
Surely you've ever seen this type of "muzzles", however, it is important to note that It is not a muzzle, but a tool to prevent the dog from pulling on the leash. Like the anti-pull harnesses, the "bow muzzle" or "training muzzle" is annoying for those dogs that pull, making them walk more calmly. However, it should be borne in mind that it may result annoying for the dog, because it limits the natural movements of the dog during the walk.
Likewise, it should also be noted that the halti muzzle does not teach the dog to walk without pulling, because for a correct learning training sessions must be carried out that encourage the dog to learn to walk without pulling.
How to choose a muzzle for a dog?
As we have explained before, the basket muzzle is the best that we can acquire, because it allows panting, that the dog drinks water and even that we can reward him with snacks for dogs if we are working. In addition, the grid muzzle is undoubtedly the safest.
Take note of the following characteristics that a good muzzle for dogs should have:
- Good materials
- Appropriate for the breed
How to get a dog used to muzzle?
Finally, we could not ignore one of the most relevant aspects when using a muzzle: make the dog I associated it positively and don't try to take it off. For this we will use the positive reinforcement, either through prizes, caresses, kind words or congratulations. Anything goes!
Before starting to use it on a regular basis (except in those cases that are mandatory or prescribed by a professional) we must work a minimum of two weeks looking at the canine language to make sure that our dog tolerates it or, on the contrary, feels uncomfortable.
Discover also in Animal Expert how to accustom a dog to the muzzle step by step, as well as driving errors and tips to encourage you to associate this tool in a positive way.
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Nylon and cloth muzzle
This, due to the material with which it is made, is very comfortable for the dog. It is the most recommended when the animal has to wear a muzzle during short periods of time, like when you take the vet.
But nevertheless, It should not be put on very hot days since they don't allow you to gasp when you can't open your mouth. Panting is the way to regulate your body temperature, so if you have to use it for a long time and / or in summer, you should opt for metal.
How should the muzzle be?
The muzzle has to be easy to clean, easy to put on and take off for you, be light and comfortable, plus must prevent the dog from biting but at the same time I can allow him to breathe. What you should know is that you never have to put it as punishment. If your dog barks or you want to correct his behavior, the muzzle is NOT the solution.
In those cases the best thing to do is consult with a dog trainer who works positively to teach you how to re-educate the hairy so he can feel safe with other dogs and / or people.
The muzzle has to be a safety accessory. An accessory that should always be temporary, but unfortunately in the case of potentially dangerous dogs, they must be carried by law every time they go out.
Dog muzzles: The muzzle of fabric or nylon
Although these types of muzzles are very aesthetically attractive, the truth is that they are not the most recommended for our dear hairy. If you look closely you will appreciate that they barely leave slack so that the dog can stick out his tongue and gasp, something fundamental to cool down as we all know dogs do not sweat, but regulate their body temperature through panting.
In addition the impediment of being able to open a minimum the mouth to take out his tongue, also prevents them from being able to drink water. As if this were not enough, the area continued with the snout will end up causing irritation, do not forget that the snout is one of the most sensitive parts of the dog.
Under our criteria and although we admit that they are very beautiful muzzles, we never recommend or recommend the use of cloth or nylon muzzles. Because they are not practical and the damage they can cause to the dog's health.
Dog muzzles: The classic basket muzzle
Surely you know this type of muzzle for dogs, since it is the oldest and most used. And it is still the most used model precisely because it is useful and very practical, unlike the new fabric models.
The basket muzzle also known as a grid muzzle, is characterized by completely covering the dog's snout allowing it to open its mouth inside and take out its tongue to gasp or drink water.
It is undoubtedly the most recommended muzzle among all existing models, always looking for the right size for our dog. There are muzzles for large dogs and muzzles for medium or small dogs, do not make the mistake of choosing an inappropriate size.
Muzzle for gill-headed dog
Within the types of basket muzzle for dogs, we can find a special series for branchycephalic dogs. Are those dogs that genetically have the smallest snout / flat than usual.
Obviously by having a shorter snout, a conventional basket muzzle would be large and could be easily removed, even if it is suitable for its size. Therefore, muzzles for gill dogs were invented, basket muzzles with a little less length for the snout.
The dog breeds that should use this specific type of muzzle are:
- French bulldog
- Boston Terrier
- Sih Tzu, etc ...
Dog muzzles: The anti-pull muzzle
Another novelty among muzzles for dogs is the well-known muzzle loop or anti-pull, which is attached to the leash and closes forcing the dog to tilt its head when it gives a pull.
This type of muzzle does allow the dog to stick out its tongue to gasp or drink water, however it is highly dangerous since closing it by catching the unsuspecting dog will cause it to bite its tongue on more than one occasion.
It is a type of muzzle for dogs that is used too often to prevent a dog from pulling, however it is not recommended for it since although the dog does not pull the leash during the walk or do it less frequently, we are not really teaching you not to do it, but we are punishing you in a certain way.
There are special harnesses so that dogs with more character and energy do not have as much force when pulling, so we do not recommend this type of muzzle.
What dogs need to wear a muzzle and when necessary put it on?
Each country has its own laws regarding the use of muzzle in dogs. In Spain and Mexico all dog breeds cataloged as PPP (potentially dangerous dogs) must use an approved muzzle as long as they are in public spaces.
Dogs not cataloged as PPP but that on occasion have been reported for biting or attacking, should also always wear a muzzle when they are in public spaces. Dog parks known as "pipican" are not private spaces, so these types of dogs should also wear the muzzle inside.
There is a type of Pitbull dog muzzle specially designed based on the measurements of its muzzle and head. Since the Pitbull is a very fashionable breed and is obliged to wear a muzzle, manufacturers have been quick to develop a custom one. Always being the most recommended, the basket muzzle.
Remember that muzzle dogs have a harder time opening their mouths completely, which prevents them from panting normally. With this we indicate that you should never practice exercise with a dog with a muzzle, except for the grid muzzles that allow you to gasp normally.
How to muzzle a dog?
Dogs do not like to wear a muzzle, something completely understandable because it limits their functions and is also annoying for them. That is why it is very important to know how to muzzle a dog, so that he gets used to and can walk quietly with him.
The best way is to start muzzleing our dog from a puppy, even indoors. We will do it for short periods of time, first a few minutes and with the passage of weeks and daily practice, more time.
Trying to take it off is completely normal, so we must entertain them with games or anything that diverts their attention. In this way they will gradually get used to the use of muzzle and when it is really necessary to put it on, there will be no problems.
The muzzles for small dogs are almost tiny in size, so make sure you are not too tight and allows you to open your mouth a little to get your tongue out. If the dog is growing, which they do from birth until they are approximately one and a half years old, remember to change the muzzle size as needed.