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Dog Muzzles: What You Should Know about When, Why, and How to Use One

The idea of putting a muzzle on your dog can be unsettling. You might wonder if your dog can drink, pant, or even breathe with a muzzle on. And is it painful? Is it cruel? But perhaps you feel a muzzle is the best option for your dog. Is that truly the case? There are certain situations where a muzzle can be quite useful, at times they are even necessary. But there are other times when a muzzle is definitely the wrong choice. How do you know when a muzzle is helpful? And what type do you choose? There are so many questions around this emotionally charged topic. Learn about the when, why, and how of using a dog muzzle.

Dog muzzles may look controversial. After all, they have an unfair association with “aggressive” dogs. But most canine experts agree that at one point or another there may be a situation when an owner needs to use a muzzle. It might be for the safety of the dog, the safety of a person, or both. For example, if your dog is seriously injured, the risk of a bite jumps significantly. While in severe pain, dogs can bite when you try to transport them or treat their wounds. And there’s no way to predict when such a situation might arise. Therefore, even if you never have to rely on one, it’s a good idea to understand why, when, and how you should use a muzzle. You also need to teach your dog how to tolerate one. Every dog should learn to love wearing a muzzle so if the day comes when you need one, you and your dog won’t be stressed even further.

When is it Appropriate to Use a Dog Muzzle?

The following situations make the use of a dog muzzle safe and appropriate:

  • During an emergency As mentioned above, an injured or frightened dog is much more likely to bite. Particularly if you need to move or treat the dog in some way. Using a muzzle will keep you and anyone assisting you safe from your dog’s uncharacteristic but understandable behavior.
  • There is a risk of biting due to your dog’s history If your dog is aggressive and/or has bitten another dog or a person in the past, a muzzle can be used for safety. Even if your dog has no bite history, if you think the risk exists, for example, your dog lunges and barks at other dogs, a muzzle can provide peace of mind. However, the muzzle doesn’t solve the problem, it simply keeps everybody safe while you work on behavior modification with a behaviorist, veterinarian, and/or dog trainer. Your goal should be to change your dog’s behavior and mindset. The muzzle is simply a temporary tool to help you achieve that goal.
  • There is a risk of biting due to a threatening situation There may be specific situations that upset or stress your dog, such as examinations at the veterinarian. When you’re worried your dog may bite, the temporary use of a muzzle should be considered. But that’s also a sign that behavior modification is in order for a long-term resolution.
  • During grooming sessions When properly desensitized with handling exercises(it helps to start in puppyhood), most dogs will tolerate or even enjoy grooming procedures like bathing or nail trimming. However, if you’re still training your dog to get used to grooming, a muzzle may be a safe bet, especially when the dog is not familiar with the groomer.
  • When required due to breed-specific legislation Unfortunately, some states or provinces have breed specific legislation (BSL), which requires certain so-called “dangerous breeds” to wear a muzzle when not on private property. Read about the AKC’s position on BSL and what we’re doing to offer alternatives.

When Should You Not Use a Muzzle?

It seems obvious, but muzzles are used to prevent dog bites. They are not for preventing problem behaviors by forcing your dog’s mouth closed. Do not use a dog muzzle for barking, chewing, or other ongoing behavioral problems. There are two important reasons for this:

  1. A muzzle is only meant to be used for short periods of time, and only when your dog is supervised.
  2. Behavioral problems like barking and chewing are, by their nature, ongoing issues, so a muzzle, a tool meant for temporary and short-term use, is not a solution. If you want to see progress with these types of behaviors, you need to use consistent training and behavior modification instead. For example, if your dog is constantly barking, there is a reason for it such as separation anxiety, boredom, sounding the alarm, territorial barking, or attention-seeking. First determine the cause then address it, with the help of a professional if necessary.

Also, never use a muzzle to put your dog in an unnecessarily stressful situation. For example, if your dog can’t handle the dog park, but your friends are all taking their dogs, a muzzle isn’t an appropriate way for your dog to join the group. If you know something upsets your dog, work to change that reaction, don’t muzzle your dog to get through the event. In fact, that can even make the situation worse. Your dog will associate the stressful situation with the muzzle, adding more fear and anxiety the next time around.

The same goes for punishment. Never muzzle your dog to teach a lesson. You will do nothing to fix the underlying problem, and once again, your dog will learn to associate the muzzle with the punishment. Now when you try to muzzle your dog in a legitimate situation like an emergency, your dog will be even more scared and nervous.

What Are the Different Types of Muzzles?

There are two main types of muzzles and by making sure you get the right style and fit, you will ensure safe and effective use. You can also make a homemade muzzle in an emergency if there is no other choice. Here are the options:

  • Basket muzzle – Basket muzzles look exactly like they sound, a basket strapped to your dog’s nose and mouth. They can be made of leather, wire, plastic, or even rubber, and can be bought off the rack or made to fit your dog’s exact anatomy. Their prison bars appearance may look like the least humane choice, but the opposite is true. In fact, many dogs seem more comfortable in basket muzzles than soft muzzles because their mouth isn’t being held closed. Most styles allow dogs to open their mouths to pant, drink, and eat. Some even have slits along the side so you can slip larger treats like sliced hot dogs through the bars for training purposes.
  • Soft muzzle – Usually made from fabric such as nylon or mesh, or sometimes leather, soft muzzles wrap around your dog’s mouth and hold it closed. That design is actually less comfortable for your dog than a basket muzzle and potentially more dangerous. Soft muzzles prevent your dog from panting, which is the only way he has of dispersing heat. Panting is the canine version of sweating so these muzzles should only be used for very short periods of time and never in hot weather. These muzzles also prevent your dog from barking, drinking, or eating. And if your dog can’t eat, it’s almost impossible to use treats as a reward during a behavioral modification program or when you’re training your dog to love the muzzle. You will have to rely on items like squeeze cheese that your dog doesn’t have to chew.
  • Homemade muzzle – When there are no other options available, but you need to muzzle your dog, such as in an emergency or when your dog has been injured, you can make a muzzle from items you have at hand. This is only recommended when you have no other choice, and your homemade muzzle should only be used temporarily. You can find instructions online for improvising a homemade dog muzzle with a roll of gauze, a pair of pantyhose, or even your dog’s leash, but using materials such as these isn’t ideal. A better option is to keep a proper muzzle in your canine first aid kit.

How Do You Train a Dog to Accept a Muzzle?

The first time you put a muzzle on your dog should not be the first time you need to put one on. If your dog’s first introduction to wearing a muzzle happens when he is hurt or terrified, it will be much more difficult to get the muzzle on. And nearly impossible to use the muzzle in the future as your dog will have learned to associate the muzzle with the stressful circumstances. Luckily, a dog can be trained to accept a muzzle if he’s introduced to it under low-stress conditions, with a step-by-step process, and with appropriate rewards.

Beth Nash, AKC Gazette breed columnist for the Vizsla Club of America, has this to say about muzzles, and how she trained her first Vizsla, Bartok, to wear one:

Bartok was terrified of the vet clinic due to a combination of unstable temperament and a series of unfortunate incidents. We needed to muzzle him for everyone’s safety. The clinic staff did their best to be gentle and patient, but Bart was seriously stressing out, and we needed to help him.

Over a period of several days, here’s what we did—using small, soft treats, and making sure he was comfortable with each step before going on to the next.

  1. Let him sniff the muzzle. Give a treat. Repeat a few times.
  2. Touch his nose with the muzzle. Treat. Repeat until he indicates that the muzzle looks interesting in a good way.
  3. Hold the muzzle with one hand and a treat with the other hand, so he needs to put his nose inside the muzzle to get the treat. Repeat until this step is no big deal.
  4. Gently slip the muzzle onto his nose and give him a treat. Remove the muzzle immediately. Repeat a few times.
  5. Put on the muzzle and fasten the buckle. Treat. Remove immediately. Repeat a few times.
  6. Put on the muzzle, fasten it, and count slowly to five. Treat. Remove the muzzle.
  7. Each time you put on the muzzle, gradually increase the time the muzzle is on. Hold his collar and give treats.

If we had introduced the muzzle before Bart associated it with scary things, we probably could have gone through these steps in less than a day—possibly a matter of minutes. We’ve done this with each successive dog, including rescue dogs we’ve fostered. If the dog isn’t interested in treats, you can substitute other rewards. I use verbal praise, but this is optional.

The late Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has a terrific step-by-step guide for training your dog to wear a muzzle. And the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has a video showing a dog being introduced to a muzzle for the first time.

How Do You Properly Fit a Muzzle?

The right fit is key to using a muzzle correctly. Too loose and your dog will be able to remove it; too tight and it will inhibit his ability to breathe, pant, or drink and can cause painful chafing. Straps should be fitted so you can just fit one finger between your dog’s head and the strap. It’s best to try on various sizes and get input from a knowledgeable sales associate. You should also take measurements, especially when ordering online. Even flat faced-dogs like Pugs can wear a muzzle, although a custom-fitted option may be the best solution.

No matter the reason for using a muzzle, or which type you select, it’s crucial to recognize that muzzles are not a solution to behavioral issues. Dog experts agree that a dog muzzle cannot replace consistent, positive training.

Best Muzzles For Your Dog

Baskerville Basket Dog Muzzle

This basket-style muzzle is made of durable, tough rubber that’s strong enough to provide maximum safety and protection and soft enough to fit your dog comfortably. It has several points of attachment to stay in place and the basket construction allows your dog to drink, eat, pant and open his mouth, without allowing him to bite. Offered in six sizes, so please check the sizing guide to select the right fit for your dog. Price: $14

Gentle Muzzle – Soft Neoprene Padding

Problem Barking Solved!

How many times have you observed this scenario? A dog gets excited and starts to bark. The owner begins to frantically yell at the dog, “No! Stop that!” Instead of becoming quiet, the dog begins to bark even more excitedly, and his master must now escalate his actions, and may ultimately resort to physical violence against his pet to try to achieve some quiet

The real problem here is that the dog’s master does not understand the basics of dog language. To a dog, loud, short words like “No!” “Shut up!” “Don’t bark!” and so forth sound just like barks. Think of it this way: the dog barks to signal a potential problem. Now you (who are supposed to be leader of his pack) come over and also bark. This clearly indicates that you agree that this is the right time to sound the alarm, so the dog moves his barking to an even higher level.

Many different techniques have been tried to stop dogs from barking. They range from staring directly into the dog’s eyes in a threatening manner and shaking the dog to methods involving water pistols and squirt bottles, lemon juice sprays, muzzles, adhesive tape, rolled magazines, rattle cans and electric collars. Sometimes these work, but more often they don’t. Even when they do work, such methods tend to be harsh and can damage the relationship between dog and master.

To try to stop barking you must first understand what it means. The dog is barking to communicate something that he feels is relevant to the pack. Usually he is warning his loved ones that he senses danger or something else that requires action. Imagine what goes through the dog’s mind when his act of devotion is met by violence. Aggressive responses to communications that were meant to be helpful are bound to damage future relationships between the person and the dog. Furthermore, these “corrections” only provide a short-term solution to a problem that is easily solved if you understand canine communication patterns.

Wild canines, such as wolves, do not bark much as adults but they do bark as puppies. In the safety of the den area there is little harm in such noise; however, as the puppies grow older and begin to accompany the adults on hunts, such barking becomes counterproductive. A wolf puppy or adolescent who barks at an inappropriate time can alert potential prey that the pack is near, or attract the attention of other, larger predators. To stop this, a simple communication pattern has evolved. It obviously does not involve barking or any loud sound signal, since the goal is to stop noise. The signal also doesn’t involve direct aggression since nipping or biting the barker is apt to cause yelps of pain, growls, or dashing around to avoid or counter the aggressor’s physical violence. This would be just as likely to alert other animals as the original barking itself.

The procedure worked out by wild canines to stop barking is quite simple. Namely, a more dominant animal places its mouth over the offender’s muzzle, without actually biting, and then gives a short, low, breathy growl. The low growl will not be heard very far, and it is short in duration. The mouth over the muzzle is not actually inflicting pain, so there is no yelping or attempt to escape. Silence usually follows immediately.

Humans can mimic this behaviour to stop barking when the dog is nearby. With your dog sitting at your left side, slip the fingers of your left hand under the collar at the back of your dog’s neck. Pull up on the collar with your left hand, while your right hand folds over the top of the dog’s muzzle and presses down. In a quiet, businesslike and unemotional tone, you simply say, “Quiet.” Your left hand on the collar immobilizes the head. Your right hand serves the same function and communicates the same message as the leader’s mouth over the noisy animal’s muzzle. The softly spoken “Quiet” mimics the short, low and breathy growl. Repeat this silencing manoeuvre whenever it is necessary. Depending upon the breed, it may take anywhere from two to a couple of dozen repetitions to associate the calmly stated command, “Quiet,” with an end to barking.

Be sure, however, that you only use this procedure to stop a dog from barking when barking is excessive or unnecessary. Remember that we specifically bred dogs to bark, so if your dog sounds the alarm at the approach of a stranger, or even at the sight of a cat outside of your window, don’t correct him, just call him to your side and give him a quick pet or a rub, and maybe a quiet “Okay.” He will often stop by himself once you acknowledge the situation. By barking, your dog is only doing the job that humans designed him to do thousands of years ago. ■

Stanley Coren is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of many books on dogs, including How to Speak Dog and Pawprints of History. His website is www.stanleycoren.com

If it is possible your dog might bite, or your dog is aggressive, snarky or reactive, or if your dog is in a situation where they are in pain, you really should consider investing in and training your dog to wear a dog muzzle.

On the one hand, people can feel more confident when their dog is wearing a muzzle and this can help your dog stay calmer. However, while wearing a muzzle can prevent bites, it will not improve aggression and can potentially make aggression worse if misused.

1. What is the best muzzle for biting dogs

Finding the right muzzle can be challenging as there are a number of them on the market ranging in type and quality. Here is a rundown on the main types of muzzles available for biting dogs and how and when to use them. We also discuss which brands consistently get the best reviews by users to help you make a decision.

Please note, we’ve included links to Amazon that allows K9aggression.com to earn a small commission from Amazon for qualifying purchases, that goes towards our site hosting and maintenance costs if should you decide to buy. We have marked the links with an (#ad) so you can see these clearly. However, if you use a link to buy from Amazon, please make sure you are buying the correct size for your dog (see How to size and fit a muzzle.) . In addition, please don’t buy anything you don’t believe you need!

Occlusion Muzzle

  • USES: Use occlusion muzzles short-term use only for vet visits or grooming

“Occlusion” muzzles that shut the dog’s mouth completely. They are usually made of fabric. Using a tight nylon muzzle may increase anxiety and fear (1). Never use an occlusion muzzles for long period of time. They may be fine for temporary use such as at the vet or grooming.

They should not be used for preventing barking. If your dog is barking excessively, it may be a result of boredom or there may be an anxiety issue that can be resolved. In this case you should consider getting a veterinary behaviorist consultation to diagnose the issue.

It is also possible that dogs can still nip if the can get their mouths at all open.

Dangers and considerations associated with occlusion muzzles

  • Because dogs cool themselves when they are panting, these muzzles can pose a threat to the dogs wearing them. Avoid using Occlusion muzzles when especially warm or when they are stressed and need to pant. Panting is the only way a dog can cool down, so if worn too long in warmer weather, it can cause heat stroke resulting in serious harm or even death.
  • Dogs can find occlusion muzzles extremely frustrating

Police style or “Agitation” dog muzzle

An example of an agitation dog muzzle for Large Shepherds on Amazon. #ad

  • USES: teaching dogs to bite for police or protection training

These dog muzzles are usually used for police or protection training where the dog is encouraged to bark and bite. They are usually made of leather, although plastic variations exist. The leather variations allow the handler or target of the aggression to experience less damage if they are hit hard with them. While leather agitation muzzles considered the safest from a bite perspective, they are also the most expensive. You can see different types and prices on Amazon for “agitation training” muzzles #ad

Dangers and considerations associated with Agitation muzzles

  • Ventilation is still a concern with these muzzles. Examine how well ventilated the muzzle is that you are looking at.
  • Getting the right fit is also important since it is more difficult to see how well the dog fits inside of it.

An important consideration is how easy you can feed treats through. Some muzzles will allow you to put a popsicle stick with peanut butter, spreadable cheese or pureed meat, but if you are using a muzzle with behavior modification or training, the ability to give a teat to your dog is essential. Some plastic muzzles can be cut through to make giving teats easier.

Basket Muzzles

  • USES: Bite prevention during longer-term use such as training or going on walks

Example of a wire basket muzzle for small Rottweilers on Amazon #ad

For the average dog owner who wants to exercise caution while training their dogs not to be aggressive or out for walks, the basket muzzle the most humane choice recommended by veterinary behaviorists. The best muzzle to use in terms of minimizing anxiety and fear is a basket-type muzzle. (1) (2) It allows the dog to pant and open their mouths which is extremely important for any dog that is exercising, needs to wear one in warmer weather, or any dog who is panting because of stress.

Although there are many variations on the market you generally see either:

  • wire basket muzzles
  • plastic basket muzzles
  • softer variations usually made of some kind of fabric such as nylon.

Dangers and considerations with basket muzzles

  • Some plastic muzzles tend to be cheaper, but they don’t tend to let in as much air flow so you need to consider what activity you are doing with your dog.
  • Some dogs can get their lower jaw out and get teeth stuck.
  • Dogs may be able to bite through a soft or cheap plastic muzzle.

Which Type of Muzzle is Best For Your Dog?

This leaves the wire basket muzzle or one of the better quality plastic ones as the better choice for reactive or aggressive dogs. The air flow is best with a wire basket muzzles. The ability to give your dog a treat through the muzzle is a little easier, too. However, the wire muzzles tend to be a little heavier and dogs can still hurt others with by hitting them with the muzzle.

Cut a hole at the front of plastic muzzles to make a larger hole to give them treats through the muzzle.

“Cute” of “Funny” Muzzles

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The idea is great, but sadly, they are only good for short-term situations where the dog is unlikely to pant. Like the occlusion muzzles, they may be fine for temporary use such as at the vet or grooming.

Dangers and considerations with cute/funny duckbill muzzles

  • If the temperatures are warm, or a dog is likely to be anxious, they should be avoided. Do not use these muzzles for walking or any situation where a dog needs to pant.
  • the cute concept may encourage kids to approach.
  • Many have reported that these muzzles are too easy for the dog to pull off.

Choosing a brand

How we decided

  • Reviewed and consulted veterinary behaviorist advice
  • Collected online data from experienced dog owners
  • Long standing brand ensures products need to live up to brand reputation
  • Because Amazon is the world’s largest and most trusted retailer, cross-checked against Amazon selling ranks, ratings, number of reviews and quality of reviews over time

Muzzles ranked highest

Jafco

Jafco Muzzles are the first choice of some veterinary behaviorists and many training professionals. (1)

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Jafco Muzzles (#ad) are high quality muzzles. Many Veterinary Universities such as PennVet Behavior Medicine Clinic uses Jafco muzzles at their hospital (1) as well as other training professionals. These are plastic muzzles that have some flexibility to them so if the dog hits you with one, it doesn’t hurt as much as the wire ones.

Dean and Tyler

Consistently the Dean and Tyler brand wire basket muzzles on Amazon (#ad) received excellent reports for quality and value. (We have no affiliation with any brand, it is simply the result of our research). Once bought you should never need to buy one again.

The Dean and Tyler brands have good fitting guides on their site, and you can usually find them for less on Amazon than buying direct (we have heard from at least one person that buying direct did not go smoothly, but that may have been a one-off situation).

The DT Freedom Muzzle (#ad) is their most spacious basket muzzle and has received excellent reviews and is suitable for medium to extra-large dogs. Dead and Tyler has a “winter” version which is the wire covered with rubber These dog muzzles are good for those living in colder climates. These muzzles allow your dog to drink and take treats as well allow a wide range of jaw movement.

The DT Muzzle (#ad) is good for small (Yorkshire terrier size), up to larger dogs such as big Schnauzers, Bouviers, etc. These muzzles allow your dog to drink and take treats. You will need to check the sizes for your dog. They come in many more sizes than the Baskerville.

Basketville Ultra Muzzles

Baskerville Ultra Muzzles (#ad) (look for the size that fits your dog- this one links to a size 5!) also scored well for dogs with larger heads.

Baskerville Ultra Muzzle (#ad) (look for the size that fits your dog – this one links to a size 5) is not a wire muzzle but is another option although primarily designed for wide-headed dogs such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers, pitbulls, etc.

It has received good reviews and you can buy them for less than the Dean and Tyler and Jafco muzzles.

The advantage of this muzzle is that the rubber version is typically lighter than the wire basket muzzles. It is easy to feed treats through.

The downside is that it has been reported to rub the skin against the nose of some dogs and there is a slightly more restricted airflow than the wire basket muzzles. They come in about 6 different sizes.

SEE ALSO: 6 other ways to keep others away from your dog

2. Size and fit considerations

TIP: Use string to use on the dog, then lie the string onto a tape measure.

Most muzzles are adjustable. However, dogs come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, even between breeds. What works for a greyhound with a narrow head is not going to work for a pitbull type with a wide jaw. Therefor you might want to build in your budget additional shipping costs in case you need to return a muzzle if it does not fit properly.

The strap around the neck needs to fit quite snuggly so the dog cannot paw it off or catch it on anything. Ensure that there is enough room in the basket part of the muzzle for your dog to pant.

Make sure that the muzzle is not too small, but also that it is not too big. You may think you are doing your dog a favour by giving them lots of room, but you might actually be causing more problems if the muzzle is loose, flops around or rubs unnecessarily.

Desensitized and counter condition dogs to wearing a muzzle in order to make it a pleasurable experience. You don’t want a frustrated or irritated dog. You will feel better about your dog wearing one as well!

3. When to use a dog muzzle

WHEN:

Vet visits

Vet visits can be stressful to dogs for a number of reasons and bites are more likely to happen. However check with your vet about whether they think muzzling your dog is a good idea during the visit. If your dog is aggressive to other animals, it might be possible to keep your dog in your vehicle until the vet is ready to see your dog.

Neighbourhood or park walks

If your dog has the potential to bite, safety should always come first. The first step it to prevent your dog from becoming anxious by avoiding the things that set them off. But surprises and accidents happen so make sure your dog can’t bite by using a muzzle. It is a good idea to reinforce the link between muzzles and enjoyable walks

During training or behaviour modification

You should avoid the things that trigger your dog’s aggression except when doing behavior modification. However do not trigger the aggression by getting too close – see the importance of getting your dog’s attention at the first sign of arousal. Use a dog muzzle only as a safety precaution only.

To help encourage people to keep their distance

Muzzles can encourage people to keep their distance which can be helpful. If you are interested in keeping people at a distance check out our article on other things that can help keep people and or dogs at a distance.

To regain your confidence

If you have experienced an aggressive conflict you may be feeling anxious yourself. Dogs can pick up on that and become more anxious in response. Knowing that your dog can’t bite might help you feel calmer.

HOW:

  • Train your dog to enjoy wearing a muzzle (see Tip 4 below for how).
  • Start for short periods and gradually work up to longer periods.
  • Put the muzzle on even when he or she doesn’t need it from time to time so they don’t associate with the trigger of their aggression.

4. Teaching your dog to wear a muzzle

Here is a pdf describing how to desensitize your dog to wearing a muzzle or head halter that describes how you can do this. However, forcing a dog to wear a dog muzzle for too long can also be frustrating for them and this can contribute to stress.

Here is a link to an excellent video showing you how to train your dog to wear a muzzle

Treat suggestions to use with muzzles

  • “Squeezy” cheese or Canned aerosol cheese
  • baby food
  • liverwurst
  • Pretzels sticks
  • Kibble
  • “long” treats
  • Peanut butter, spreadable cheese or meat on a stick
  • Pureed dog food

You may want to use a reusable and refillable dog training food tube (#ad) and use a blender to puree your dog’s food to put into it. Kong Stuff’n products (#ad) that come in a variety of food types (such as peanut butter, sweet potato) are another good alternative for those people who don’t have the time. We’ve linked to a variety bundle but check out all the options.

Working with non-food motivated dogs

Some dogs are picky. This is sometimes causes by stress. Other time, they are simply fed enough and lack the interest in eating more. Here are some tips:

  • Feed your dog less at meals
  • Use only high quality and desired food – kibble is rarely motivating for dogs
  • Ensure their diet is not causing them to feel uncomfortable. Some prepared raw diets, for example, do not puree vegetables well enough and may cause digestive upset
  • Talk to your vet about food allergies

Another helpful video on teaching your dog to wear a muzzle

How to handle dog aggression

Dog muzzles can be used to control biting. They should be used whenever there is any risk that a bite could happen.

Outside of fitting your dog properly, there is no special operating is there is with head halters. If your dog has the tendency to lunge, you might want to consider a head halter. (#ad)

Muzzles do not treat your dog’s aggression or reactivity in any way. If a muzzle strap were to break or the muzzle get pawed off, you still have a dangerous dog on your hands.

You are far better off making your dog a safer pet with a systematic approach than relying on a muzzle only. Here are some basic steps:

  1. Learn how to identify signs of stress or anxiety to help you act before the aggression even starts.
  2. Create a prevention and management plan to help you avoid the circumstances that are causing the aggression.
  3. Set up his or her life in such a way to passively improve the aggression (although these benefits will likely be mild – at least the aggression won’t get worse).
  4. Help your dog learn to cope better with the thing that is triggering his aggression with a treatment plan designed to keep his anxiety below “threshold” through humane treatment methods.

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Learn more about treating dog aggression check out the ebook The Dog Aggression System Every Dog Owner Needs.

5. Does using a muzzle make dog aggression worse?

Some people ask does muzzling an aggressive dog will make aggression worse? It’s always worth keeping in mind that any kind of frustration will make aggression worse. There are three concern areas where a muzzle can increase frustration.

  • Frustration. Desensitize your dog to avoid frustrating your dog by taking the muzzle on and off
  • Feel strange. The muzzle it can feel strange and bothersome until your dog gets used to it. Again, desensitizing your dog to wearing the muzzle goes a long way toward getting your dog comfortable.
  • When the dog muzzle has been on too long. Never leave a dog muzzle on for long period of time.

If a dog can’t get a muzzle off and wants to, or it is bothers his or her face, you can increase frustration and frustration can make aggression worse. This is why you should always desensitize a dog to wearing one.

6. Problems associated with using dog muzzles to control dog aggression

There are a number of problems with using muzzles to control dog aggression. Here is what to consider:

  • Using a muzzle can give people a false sense of security. A dog muzzle will not prevent aggressive behavior. A dog muzzle will only prevent a bite. Your dog can still “muzzle punch”, lunge, hit, trample, bruise, etc. Breeds at risk for having a eye popped out during a fight are those who have eyes stick out such as Pomeranians, French Bulldogs, Pugs, etc.
  • People have the tendency to use a dog muzzle instead of avoiding the situation that causes the aggression. Exposing your dog to the things that trigger his or her aggression will cause your dog to be more stressed and dread the situation even more the next time, making the overall problem worse. If you want to learn more about treating dog aggression, you may want to get the The Dog Aggression System Every Dog Owner Needs book (comes in both print and an ebook version).
  • Never leave a child alone with a dog, muzzled or not. A muzzled dog can still cause injuries, and a child can make poor choices. You risk in having your dog feel even worse about children and becoming a greater danger to them in the future.
  • A head halter does not prevent biting, but may offer control much more control over lunging if you have your dog on leash. Combining the two has been done, but it is a lot of the face of the dog and may cause some frustration

Muzzles and other behavior issues:

  • People think a muzzle can be used to stop barking. This is a bad idea as it frustrates the dog. There are more effective ways to handle barking such as addressing or treating the reasons why your dog barks. (See Barking control for more information)
  • People think they can prevent destruction in the home with a muzzles while they are away. Dogs destroy things either because they are bored or anxious. A dog should never be left unsupervised with a muzzle on. It can get caught on things. If the dog tries to paw it off, even its nails can get stuck. Dogs have been known to get their lower teeth caught with cheaper muzzles. In addition, a dog that feels the need to destroy something may find other ways to do it. It is better to treat separation anxiety than to try to prevent it with a muzzle.

7. Alternatives to Muzzles

Crates, fences. tethering (i.e. leashing a dog to yourself or to an anchor in the house), putting a dog in a room away from the trigger of his or her aggression and outright avoidance are all alternatives to using a muzzle as a way to control an aggressive dog.

Care must be taken that the trigger of your dog’s aggression when using crates and tethering. Ensure the subject that triggers your dog’s aggression can not come so close that your dog becomes anxious. Otherwise there is a distinct possibility that your dog will feel trapped and this can make his or her aggressive response worse.

Fences can be a great help to separate your dog from others. We recommend a metal based gate for indoor use that is tall enough that your dog can’t jump it or get under.

A head halter is another alternative for handling an aggressive or reactive dog. Head halters provide a lot of control over the head. While it’s possible for a dog to bite, you can also gently pull up on the head halter causing the mouth to close. You will need to desensitize your dog to wearing a head halter just as you would a muzzle. It’s far easier to direct his or her attention away from the thing they’re concerned about. Much easier than using a flat collar (do not use a choke, prong or e-collar on an aggressive dog – see 5 methods to avoid in dog training). This prevents your dog from practicing the aggression.

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6 Other Ways to Keep Others Away From Your Dog

5 methods to avoid in dog training

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(2) Penn Vet Basket Muzzle handout, Training Topic: Basket Muzzles, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (pdf)

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8 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog From Barking

Dogs bark to communicate with each other and with their owners, but sometimes all that barking can get out of hand. Constant barking can fray a family’s nerves and create turmoil in a neighborhood.

But keep in mind that your dog is trying to tell you something by barking. Before you quiet him down, you will first need to figure out what he’s trying to say.

What’s Behind the Barking?

These are some of the reasons dogs bark:

  • To protect their territory. Dogs guard their territory from people, other dogs, and animals. That territory includes your property, but it can also include other places where the dog has spent a lot of time.
  • Because they sense danger. The dog could be reacting to an alarming situation.
  • To communicate. Sometimes dogs bark to get attention from people.
  • Out of frustration. Barking can result from becoming frustrated by a situation, such as being in a confined space or being unable to locate an owner or playmate.
  • Because they’re anxious. A dog’s anxiety can be caused by separation from the dog’s owner.
  • Because they’re in pain. Barking can communicate pain caused by injury or illness.
  • To say hello. A friendly bark could be how a dog greets people or other dogs.

Tips to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

There are a lot of stop-barking devices available on the market. The most commonly known are bark collars that deliver an electric shock, high-pitched squeal, or stinging spray of citronella mist whenever a pet dog barks. Other devices include ultrasonic emitters that are placed in a room and activated by barking and muzzles that keep the dog’s jaws held shut.

These devices may offer a short-term fix, but they do nothing to address the underlying cause of your dog’s barking. Eventually, the problem may surface through other behavioral problems, as your dog continues to try to communicate his need or problem to you. A dog prevented from barking caused by separation anxiety may instead take to destroying furniture or urinating indoors when his owner is away.

The devices also can be inhumane. Any dog’s bark can set off a bark collar or ultrasonic device, meaning your dog may end up receiving punishment for another dog’s behavior. Also, a muzzle will keep a dog from being able to eat, drink, and cool off through panting.

For these reasons, an owner frustrated by his dog’s barking is better off using some simple tricks to head off the behavior or taking the time to train the dog out of the behavior. Try these tips:

  • Offer distractions. Bored dogs will be less inclined to bark if they are given plenty of toys to play with. If your dog is barking due to outside noises, playing the TV or radio while you’re away can drown out those sounds. A TV or radio also can help soothe separation anxiety.
  • Keep your dog active. A pooped pooch is less likely to overreact with a barking fit. Take your dog on regular walks or play fitness games like fetch or Frisbee.
  • Work your dog’s brain. Obedience training, either in a class or at home, can improve your dog’s ability to discern threats. It also can lay the groundwork for other anti-barking solutions that require more intensive training.
  • Desensitize your pet. If the barking fits are being caused by an outside stimulus, you can try to desensitize your dog. For example, ask friends to walk by your house while you work with your dog inside, encouraging your pet to be quiet.
  • Teach the “quiet” command. Train your dog to respond to the word “quiet” by allowing three or four barks, then saying “quiet” in a calm, clear voice. When you say “quiet,” break the barking jag by holding his muzzle gently, dropping a loud object that distracts him or squirting him in the face with a spray bottle of water. In this instance, you could use a manually-controlled bark collar as a distraction method. Eventually your dog will learn that “quiet” means he should stop barking.
  • Change up his routine. A dog barking compulsively or out of boredom might stop if you make some changes. If he is being kept in a backyard and barking there, bring the dog indoors and place him in a crate. If the dog is barking because he’s confined in a crate, try leaving him free in one room of your house.
  • Teach her how to meet and greet. A dog that barks when greeting can be trained to meet people and other dogs more gently. Be sure to keep greetings at your front door very low-key and calm. Keep a toy near the door and encourage your dog to pick it up and hold it in his mouth before opening the door. On walks, distract your dog when passing other people or dogs by offering a tasty treat.
  • Don’t reward barking. Above everything else, don’t inadvertently encourage barking through your own behavior. Don’t reward barking by giving the dog a treat after he has barked. Only treat when the dog has been quiet. Also, don’t encourage barking at outside noises by asking, “Who’s there?”

Training can be a lengthy process, but in the end you will improve your relationship with your dog and be better able to make sure his needs are met.

To most people, muzzles provoke images of lunging and snarling aggressive dogs. It’s unfortunate and unfair that the stigma associated with a dog wearing a muzzle is that the dog must be dangerous. Personally when I see a dog wearing a properly fitted muzzle I feel reassured that their owner is being responsible and keeping their dog and the public safe. There are many reasons a dog may be wearing a muzzle: the dog may be recovering from a painful injury, the dog may get nervous around strange people or dogs or in some cities/states there are breed specific laws requiring it regardless of the dog’s history.

Be Proactive

Don’t wait until you NEED your dog to wear a muzzle. Start conditioning your dog to wearing a muzzle as early as possible. Maybe you have a dog that gets anxious at the vet. Training your dog to wear a muzzle can help lower the tension in the exam room for both the humans and your dog because no one is worrying about getting bit. Even the friendliest dog may bite when injured and in pain. We never want to think about an emergency happening to our dog but it’s best to be prepared just in case. Part of preparing a doggy first aid kit is to have a properly fitted muzzle for your dog and to condition your dog to happily wearing it. Some dogs absolutely hate having their nails trimmed. Your groomer will thank you for bringing them a dog who will happily wear a muzzle while they groom your dog so they can keep all their fingers and toes.

If you have a dog who has shown any aggression towards people or dogs, now is the time to start conditioning the muzzle. Prevent a bite before it happens. A dog with a bite record is a serious thing and can spell disaster not only for you from a liability standpoint but also for your dog as they can be declared a dangerous dog which can have deadly consequences. Work with an experienced trainer to come up with a training plan in addition to your muzzle conditioning.

Using a muzzle can allow you to work on behavior modification with your dog. Whether the issue is human or dog aggression or fearful behavior, your first priority should be the safety of everyone involved.

Be Responsible

If your dog already has a bite history, whether with people or dogs, your first step should be muzzle conditioning your dog. Seek help from an experienced trainer to come up with a behavior modification and training plan. Muzzling your dog should not be used in place of training. A muzzle will only prevent your dog being able to bite; but a dog wearing a muzzle can still cause injury.

Muzzles should NOT be used for things like stopping your dog from barking, chewing, or eating things off the ground or for a puppy who is play biting. Work with a trainer for tips on how to deal with those issues.

Things to remember when using a muzzle:

  • Proper fit of the muzzle is very important! Make sure you purchase the right size and style muzzle for your dog. It should be well-fitted and comfortable for your dog, allowing for panting and ideally drinking water and eating treats. Contact the manufacturer directly for assistance in sizing your dog. I recommend using a basket type muzzle such as Jafco or Baskerville brand muzzles.
  • Create a positive association with your dog to their muzzle. Go slow and introduce it in a fun way. Make it a game! It’s “Party Hat” time!
  • Mesh muzzles aka grooming muzzles should not be used except for extremely short periods of time or in an emergency. These muzzles work by holding the dog’s mouth closed which prevents panting and can cause a dog to overheat quickly especially in a stressful situation.
  • Always use a muzzle in combination with training. Muzzles are not a replacement for addressing the issues your dog is having. Finding an experienced trainer and working with them to help your dog is a must.

Steps to Muzzle Condition your dog:

  1. You will need some super duty high value treats like spray cheese, cooked chicken, hot dogs, etc. Sitting in a chair with your dog sitting in front of you, show the muzzle and give your dog a jackpot of treats. Put the muzzle away (behind your back) and stop giving treats. Continue showing your dog the muzzle and treating until your dog looks excitedly for a treat when he sees the muzzle. Your goal is to make the muzzle a good thing.
  2. Put a few treats or spread some peanut butter/spray cheese inside the muzzle and let your dog eat/lick it out of the muzzle. When the muzzle has been licked clean, put more treats/cheese in the muzzle and repeat.
  3. You can add a verbal cue like “muzzle” or my favorite “party hat” immediately before your dog puts his nose in the muzzle to eat the treats. Encourage your dog to keep his nose in the muzzle by feeding more treats through the muzzle, increasing the length of time over several sessions that he holds his nose in the muzzle before treating. When your dog is happily pushing his nose into the muzzle on your verbal cue, continue to the next step.
  4. As your dog is licking the muzzle clean and you are feeding treats through the muzzle, gently secure the strap for a brief moment and then remove the strap. Gradually leave the straps secured for longer: 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minutes, etc.
  5. Remember to keep sessions short initially. Multiple, short sessions each day is ideal. Gradually increase the time your dog wears the muzzle, building up to wearing the muzzle for 15-20 minutes at home before using the muzzle for training or in stressful situations.

Questions about your dog’s behavior or need help muzzle conditioning your dog? Contact Argos Dog Training and Enjoy Your Dog!!!

-Heather Travis

Contrary to popular belief, dog muzzles are not only used by mean owners with aggressive dogs, so they don’t attack other dogs or their owners. They can actually be extremely useful training tools for dog owners whose furry friends exhibit any range of unwanted behaviors, from biting and barking to licking and pulling. Dog muzzles are meant to be comfortable for your dog and if you choose the right one, it will be.

To help you make sure you’re finding the perfect muzzle for your dog, we reviewed dozens of different options for you. We looked at design, materials, price point, and customer reviews to make your job easier. You want to be certain you are getting the best quality for your money and also the right style of muzzle for the comfort of your pooch. That’s why we narrowed down our results to the 5 top-rated dog muzzles.

Top PickTrixie Muzzle Loop

Made with high quality nylon, this nuzzle is great for medium and large dogs

$14.04 USD

The Trixie Muzzle Loop is a comfortable, nylon muzzle loop that’s designed for large and medium breeds. It’s made to be especially comfortable while being as functional as more sturdy muzzles. There is extra soft padding along the muzzle, and it’s made to withstand rough wear-and-tear.

In This Article

The 5 Top-Rated Dog Muzzles

Editor’s Picks Brand Rating
Best Overall Trixie Dog Muzzle 4.0
Runner Up Birdwell Enterprises Plastic Dog Muzzle 4.1
Best Budget Buy Coastal Pet Best Fit Mesh Dog Muzzle 4.2
Best Basket Dog Muzzle BronzeDog Wire Basket Dog Muzzle 4.1
Best Short Snout Dog Muzzle JYHY Short Snout Dog Muzzle 4.0

*Ratings are from Amazon at the time of publication and can change

Our Top Pick: Trixie Muzzle Loop

The Trixie Muzzle Loop is ideal for large and medium breeds. The high-quality nylon material is designed with additional extra-soft padding for supreme comfort. The softer feel and less constricting design of the muzzle makes this a less intimidating option for dogs who are afraid of muzzles that fully cover their mouths.

Customers love that this muzzle leaves the dog enough freedom to pant, drink, and eat, but still inhibits their ability to bite. This muzzle is a useful tool for training away your dog’s bad biting behavior. The style of the muzzle makes both the snout and neck straps fully adjustable, to ensure a proper fit. It wraps snugly around your dog’s muzzle and neck in a D-ring style to make control easier and more comfortable for your dog.

Trixie Muzzle Loop Key Features:

  • Extra comfort padding
  • Works well for medium to large dog breeds
  • Great training tool
  • Freedom of motion for the dog

Our Runner Up: Birdwell Enterprises Plastic Dog Muzzle

Runner UpBirdwell Enterprises Plastic Dog Muzzle

A durable dog muzzle that’s perfect for large, aggressive chewers

$16.99 USD

This dog muzzle may not look like the most appealing option aesthetically, but owners agree that Birdwell Enterprises offers a fantastic option for most medium and large breed dogs and is especially durable for aggressive chewers. Its unique design is exactly what makes this muzzle one of the top-rated on the market.

The muzzle is made entirely from heavy-duty plastic, with metal clasps. The all-plastic material design of the muzzle makes it scratch, warp, stain, and dirt-resistant, as well as extremely easy to clean. It is machine and dishwasher safe. The muzzle is handmade in the United States and comes in two sizes and a variety of fun colors.

With a looser basket design, the puppy is still able to drink and pant, as well as eat dry foods and treats, but cannot bite or nip. The basket also prevents the dog from engaging in self-chewing habits or from licking injuries, which can make injuries worse or cause sores.

Birdwell Enterprises Plastic Dog Muzzle Key Features:

  • Variety of color options
  • Machine and dishwasher washable
  • Scratch-resistant material
  • Puppy can still eat and drink

Best Budget Pick: Coastal Pet Best Fit Mesh Dog Muzzle

Best for BudgetCoastal Pet Best Fit Mesh Dog Muzzle

Made with mesh material in a breathable design, this is a great budget pick

$9.10 USD

The Coastal Pet Best Fit Mesh Dog Muzzle is a fantastic, affordable option for temporarily muzzling your dog. The mesh material and extra padding on the nose makes this muzzle breathable and comfortable for your dog. The band is adjustable to fit your dog’s snout and neck. This muzzle is recommended for standard size dog breeds.

Customer reviews rave about this muzzle’s uses as a training tool for biters and extra chatty pups. The open-end design lets your dog breathe easily, pant, and drink water while wearing the muzzle. It still limits your dog’s ability to bite, nip, or bark when the behavior is unwanted.

Coastal Pet Best Fit Mesh Dog Muzzle Key Features:

  • Comfortable mesh material
  • Padded noseband
  • Great training tool
  • Limits biting and barking

Best Basket Dog Muzzle: BronzeDog Wire Basket Dog Muzzle

Best Basket Dog MuzzleBronzeDog Wire Basket Dog Muzzle

With four adjustable straps, this dog muzzle with give you the perfect fit

$34.99 USD

The BronzeDog Wire Basket Dog Muzzle is a popular, high-quality option for dog owners with medium and large breed dogs. The muzzle has four adjustable straps to ensure a perfect fit, made of genuine leather. It offers perfect control when walking, keeping your dog focused and helping to train away unwanted biting, chewing, and barking behaviors.

The design of the muzzle keeps the dog comfortable even in hot weather. There is no tight fitting or restrictive fabric to cause excessive heat or chafing. The wire basket is breathable, allowing the dog to pant, drink, and eat dry food through the muzzle while still limiting barking and biting ability. The basket is long enough for the long to lick its nose unrestricted.

BronzeDog Wire Basket Dog Muzzle Key Features:

  • Genuine leather straps
  • Adjustable fit
  • Breathable wire basket
  • Great training tool

Best Short Snout Dog Muzzle: JYHY Short Snout Dog Muzzle

Best Short Snout Dog Muzzle JYHY Short Snourt Dog Muzzle

For the short snouted dog, this muzzle is comfortable and durable

$14.99 USD

If your dog has a short snout, they will need a special style of muzzle. The JYHY Short Snout Dog Muzzle is a great option for dogs of all sizes with a short snout. The muzzle comes in four different sizes that are guaranteed to fit your pup. Each muzzle has an adjustable strap for an extra secure fit and a quick-release buckle for easy removal.

The muzzle is made from durable mesh and comfortable nylon material. Even though the muzzle will fit snugly on your dog’s snout, there is still enough room in the muzzle for him or her to pant and breathe comfortably, eat, and drink. Customers love that this muzzle keeps their dog’s biting behavior in line when grooming or playing with other pets.

JYHY Short Snout Dog Muzzle Key Features:

  • Great for short-snouted dogs
  • Comfortable, durable material
  • Quick-release buckle
  • Breathing and panting room

Who Should Buy a Dog Muzzle

Not all dogs require wearing a muzzle for the long-term, but they can still be a great training tool for puppies or newly adopted senior dogs with behavioral problems. Other dogs will need a muzzle any time they are interacting with new people or animals. If your dog has unwanted licking, barking and biting behaviors a muzzle can be a great option to help curb these instincts.

Muzzles can also be great tools if your dog nips when you are trying to groom him or her or if you have family members or friends who are nervous when first meeting new dogs. Putting a muzzle on your dog can remove any risk of biting behavior in these, and other, situations.

Top Pick Trixie Muzzle Loop

Made with high quality nylon, this nuzzle is great for medium and large dogs

$14.04 USD

Important Features to Consider

  • Size. You want to make sure the muzzle you select is the right size for your dog. You can do this by measuring the length and circumference of your dog’s snout and neck.
  • Style. Depending on what you are using the muzzle for, you may want to select a particular style. Basket muzzles and loop muzzles are great options for training away barking and biting behaviors, whereas grooming muzzles are mostly used to keep your dog calm during nail clipping or grooming. If you have a short-snouted dog, you will need a muzzle specially designed for their type of snout.
  • Comfort. You want to make sure your dog is comfortable wearing their muzzle and doesn’t have any skin irritation or chafing from it. There are any number of different materials that muzzles are made out of and you get what you pay for. Cheaper muzzles are often made out of cheaper materials, whereas more expensive muzzles are made from higher quality materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dog muzzle and how does it work?

A muzzle is essentially a mask that fits onto your dog’s snout to stop him or her from being able to bite. There are different styles of muzzle, but most of them have some material that wraps around the dog’s snout and attaches to a collar around their neck. It works by limiting your dog’s ability to open its mouth fully, stopping biting and barking.

Can a dog still eat and drink with a muzzle on?

Depending on the style of muzzle, yes, your dog will still be able to eat dry foods and drink water while wearing their muzzle. Generally speaking, grooming muzzles are the most limiting and often inhibit your dog from opening its mouth at all.

Wonder how much to feed your dog? Find out!

How long should a dog wear a muzzle?

A muzzle is not a long-term solution for solving a behavioral problem. They should only be worn during an activity where your dog is likely to present the behavior you don’t want.

Grooming muzzles, which wrap your dog’s snout tightly, so its mouth cannot open, should only be worn for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time. They prevent the dog from drinking and panting, which can become life-threatening in your dog overheats.

Do dog muzzles work for dogs with short snouts?

Dogs with short snouts require specially designed muzzles that resemble doctor’s masks and fit around most of the dog’s face. There are still many different options available for dog’s with short snouts, though.

Other Dog Muzzles We Reviewed

Top Pick Trixie Muzzle Loop

Made with high quality nylon, this nuzzle is great for medium and large dogs

$14.04 USD

We looked at 20 other dog muzzles. Even though they didn’t make our 5 best dog muzzles list, they’re the best of the best and each is still a great option for your dog. The information you’ll need to compare each one is included with the listing.

  • Basket Muzzles
  • Grooming Muzzles
  • Short Snout Muzzles
  • Other Muzzles

CollarDirect Dog Muzzle

This basket muzzle is handmade from genuine leather. The adjustable straps ensure a perfect fit.

Key Features:

  • Adjustable straps
  • High-quality leather
  • Perfect for large breeds

Cost: $30

Dean and Tyler DT Freedom Muzzle

This durable and high-quality muzzle leaves your dog plenty of room to pant and drink, while still stopping biting.

Key Features:

  • Works for medium to extra large breeds
  • Roomy basket
  • Panting and drinking room

Cost: $68

Leather Cage Dog Muzzle

This stylish option is also made of the best quality materials. Your pup will look fashionable and comfortable while wearing it.

Key Features:

  • High quality, genuine leather
  • Full mouth coverage
  • Breathable design

Cost: $33

PetAZ Dog Muzzle

With a flexible basket design, this muzzles is a comfortable training tool to limit barking, biting, and chewing behaviors.

Key Features:

  • Various sizes available
  • Lightweight and flexible materials
  • Prevents barking, biting, and chewing

Cost: $11

Secure Leather Mesh Dog Basket

The soft, genuine leather this muzzle is made from keeps your dog comfortable and lets him breathe and pant while wearing it.

Key Features:

  • Made from genuine leather
  • Works for long and short snout dog breeds
  • Comfortable basket design

Cost: $30.00

Soft Basket Silicone Muzzle

This muzzle is made from extra tough, but soft material that lasts and is comfortable for your dog.

Key Features:

  • Durable silicone design
  • Full mouth coverage
  • Stops biting, barking, and chewing

Cost: $13

The Company of Animals Rubber Muzzle

The durable rubber this basket muzzle is made out of makes it impenetrable to your puppy’s rough-housing play.

Key Features:

  • Various sizes and colors
  • Extra tough basket
  • Adjustable, comfortable design

Cost: $18

Grooming Muzzles

Barkless Dog Muzzle

Designed specifically to limit barking, this muzzle is made from the highest quality materials for a comfortable fit.

Key Features:

  • Genuine leather
  • Barkless design
  • Room for breathing and drinking

Cost: $12

Dog Muzzles Suit

A bundle of muzzles is great for owners who have more than one pup.

Key Features:

  • Multi-piece set
  • Fits dogs of all sizes and breeds
  • Waterproof material

Cost: $14

Downtown Pet Supply Quick Fit Dog Muzzle

If your dog hates the groomer, this is a great option to keep her calm while having her nails trimmed.

Key Features:

  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Quick-fit
  • Great for grooming

Cost: $7

FOMATE Dog & Puppy Muzzle

After surgery or injuries, dogs naturally want to lick their wounds, but this muzzle keeps their tongues where they belong: in their mouths.

Key Features:

  • Full mouth coverage
  • Anti-licking
  • Waterproof material

Cost: $10.00

Lepark Nylon Dog Muzzle

A high quality nylon muzzle made of durable fabric that withstands daily wear-and-tear.

Key Features:

  • Suitable for normal size dogs
  • Made with high-quality nylon
  • Withstands everyday use

Cost: $12

Petburg Dog Muzzle

This is another great option for dogs with bad licking behaviors.

Key Features:

  • Anti-licking
  • Breathable material
  • Machine washable

Cost: $10

Short Snout Muzzles

Bwogue Dog Muzzle for Short-nose Dogs

Available in three different sizes, this muzzle is sure to fit snugly on your short-snouted fur-friend.

Key Features:

  • Breathable design
  • Comfortable material
  • Keeps nose and eyes free from rubbing

Cost: $15

Canine Friendly Short Snout Dog Muzzle

This short-snout muzzle is especially easy to use, making muzzling a quick task and not a lengthy chore.

Key Features:

  • Slide release buckle
  • Bumpers prevent rubbing on the eyes
  • Comfortable materials

Cost: $18

Other Dog Muzzles

BAODATUI Nylon Dog Muzzle

Customers love this muzzle because it is so easy to use and comfortable for their dog to wear.

Key Feature:

  • Works for dogs of all sizes
  • Multi-functional
  • Useful training tool

Cost: $10

Cesar Millan Funny Muzzle

Get a little laugh every time you have to muzzle your pooch with this stylish and funny muzzle.

Key Features:

  • Unique, funny design options
  • Breathable and comfortable
  • Durable mesh materials

Cost: $20

Gentle Muzzle Guard

With extra cushion around the snout, this muzzle is guaranteed to fit comfortable on your fur baby.

Key Features:

  • Soft neoprene padding
  • Variety of sizes
  • Bonus collar built-in

Cost: $14

Niteangel Quick Fit Nylon Dog Muzzle

This loop muzzle design refrains dogs from biting, while giving them the comfort and freedom of panting and drinking.

Key Features:

  • Great for medium to extra-large dog breeds
  • Snap-fit neck strap
  • Allows for panting and drinking

Cost: $12

Quick Fit Gentle Head Collar

This simple muzzle design works for quickly fitting your dog when you need to limit biting and barking behaviors.

Key Features:

  • 3-Point Side Release
  • Less intimidating look
  • Room for breathing and drinking

Cost: $10

How to Stop Dog Barking – An Overview.

1. Stress/Separation Anxiety. The dog is distressed because of circumstances. The most common is Separation Anxiety. In this instance most owners do not even know they have a need to stop dog barking as they have never heard it.
2. Territorial/Defensive Barking. Barking at the postman or other dogs walking past your house. Most dog owners will experience this type of dog barking and often encourage it to keep intruders from the house.
3. Demanding Behaviour. Barking to demand attention, be let in the house or to be fed are common examples. Usually indicative of a dog that thinks it runs the household.
4. Over Excitability. Barking in the car on the way to the dog park. Barking because you have arrived home etc.
The first two categories are definitely the most common types of dog barking. The first, separation anxiety, obviously occurs when you are not around. The second category may occur when you are home but will also occur when you are not. In most cases the territorial barking probably increases as you are not there to stop it and the dog may become more defensive when you are not there. Obviously to stop dog barking when you are not there is a far more difficult proposition.
So if it is agreed that the most common motivations for dog barking (Separation and Defensive/Territorial) can or do occur when you are not there, what methods will stop dog barking more effectively than others? Chastising and physical punishment are obviously impossible when you are not there.
Dog trainers often make promises to fix a dog barking problem that in all honesty they should not make. In all my years as a Police Dog Trainer and private dog trainer, fixing dog behaviour issues that occur when the owner is not around are the most difficult. How to stop dog barking in this instance is the toughest of all. Sure, increased exercise, changing routines and leadership structures can all help.
“However before spending hundreds of dollars on private training ask the prospective trainer if they will guarantee fixing your dog barking problem, particularly if you are not there.”
So what is the best method to stop dog barking?; Without doubt it is a bark collar. The reason being it works on a level that is the basis of all dog training: consistency and timing. The moment the dog barks the collar goes off…every time! No human intervention can match the preciseness of a bark collar. The dog quickly learns that barking results in the correction, so as a result stops barking when the collar is being worn.
Over time it is hoped the dog as a result of wearing the bark collar will learn a new pattern of behaviour that does not involve barking. The owner can then test the dog by removing the bark collar.
The last piece of the puzzle to stop dog barking is to find the right type of bark collar for your dog breed.

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