How to Get a Dog Used to a Muzzle - Including Aggressive Dogs | Pupford
September 29th, 2023
Filed under Training
Not only is muzzling your dog something that protects you, but it can also protect other dogs. Muzzles are especially important for dogs that are reactive, aggressive, and for many other reasons. But, it's important to get your dog used to the muzzle in a humane and safe way!
In this video, Traci Madson will walk you through how to safely put a muzzle on a dog. Remember, this isn't something that should be rushed, but rather should be done over time and with patience. This is a step-by-step video on how to put a muzzle on a dog so that they will enjoy having it on!
Traci Madson is a CPDT-KA dog trainer who also holds memberships and certifications in aggression training and is an AKC evaluator. She has been training dogs for over 20 years.
Traci is the lead trainer for the Potty Training Course, Barking Solutions, and Dog Body Language Course, all a part of the .
HOW TO GET YOUR DOG USED TO A MUZZLE VIDEO
We know muzzles can seem scary, but they are actually a really good tool to use for dogs with reactivity and - in addition to properly training your pooch.
It’s important to create a positive association with your dog so it's not seen as a punishment.
Take this process slowly and do not force the muzzle onto your dog in any way. 👍
Here are some basics steps for putting on a muzzle in a safe and humane way:
- Show your dog the muzzle and give them small, (multiple times)
- Don't force the muzzle on your dog, let them voluntarily stick their nose in (by using peanut butter or a treat your dog loves)
- Take a week to get your pooch used to different parts of the muzzle - straps, fastening, etc. Only go as fast as your dog will allow
Basket muzzles are best because they still allow your dog to drink water and breathe comfortably.