To Muzzle or Not to Muzzle? That is the question…

Media and misinformation have made muzzles out to be bad news, but what is the truth about muzzles? The fact is that while muzzles are useful to keep nervous or aggressive dogs from biting strangers, other dogs, or even their owners, there are several other useful reasons every dog should be familiar and comfortable wearing a muzzle.

Many dogs may follow their noses to their own detriment, eating food or trash that they find along their walk or that blows into your garden. Nervous eating or chronic gobbling of junk can really upset your pup’s stomach or even lead to medical intervention. Other dogs may have the unsavoury habit of munching on poo (foreign or domestic), and a muzzle works wonders in poo munching prevention. In other words, when you see a dog in a muzzle coming your way, don’t assume they are vicious, they may just eat poo 🙂

Your dog will need to visit the vet a few times in their lives and this can make many dogs nervous. You can spare your vet and their team a nervous nip if your dog can come muzzled up. With grooming, nail trimming, vaccinations and other hands-on treatments that may make your pup nervous, you can keep a non-biting record with a simple muzzle. On the other hand, if your dog needs more invasive surgery and you have to keep it from pulling on stitches or licking a wound, a muzzle serves as a great alternative to wearing the medical cone. This way, after already not feeling so well, your dog will not have to endure “cone shame” if they are already familiar with, and comfortable wearing a muzzle.

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Author:Carina Hellemaa