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Dog muzzles are used not only for dangerous dogs, but for the nicer variety as well. They come in many different shapes, sizes and materials — everything from leather to wire to elastic. Muzzles are a great way to keep your pooch from chewing on things, like your hands, when you are bathing him. They are also used in dog breeding to keep the dogs from injuring each other.

Choosing the Right Muzzle for Your Dog

Basically, a muzzle can be anything that prevents a dog from opening its mouth all the way, thereby preventing biting, barking and even panting. In an emergency, this can be a strip of cloth or leather, or even a belt, looped once or twice around the dog's snout and fastened under its chin. However, this type of muzzle should be avoided when possible.

Conical muzzles, usually made of cloth, are slightly better, but still should not be used for extended periods of time or on dogs that won't be supervised.

Basket muzzles are the best, safest kind of muzzle. They are typically made from wire or plastic. A strap is placed around the dog's head to hold the muzzle in place.

This type of muzzle is primarily used for larger, more aggressive dogs. It is designed so that the dog cannot bite but will be able to access water for drinking. For larger dogs, such as Rottweilers or pit bulls, wire basket muzzles are the best choice. Wire dog muzzles also work well for aggressive dogs, especially if you're walking your dog where people or other animals may be. Keep in mind that some states or municipalities require certain dog breeds, particularly pit bulls, to be muzzled any time they're in public.

Even if you have a poodle or chihuahua, you a muzzle can come in handy. Experts prefer nylon or mesh dog muzzles for small breeds.

If you feel your dog needs a muzzle, consider asking a trainer to show you the appropriate way to put it on. You should know how to fit the dog with the proper size and type of muzzle, for its safety as well as its comfort.

How and Why Muzzles Work

Some muzzles, such as the Husher anti bark muzzle, can do more than keep your dog from biting. This muzzle is made from stretchy elastic bands and fits snugly around the dog's snout. When it begins to bark, the elastic bands hinder the expansion of the jaw, thereby keeping the bark to a short snap. The tension will make the dog's jaw tired, and it will soon stop barking.

Muzzles are made to keep your dog from biting people or other animals. They are perfect for vet visits, particularly when the vet has to do a procedure that your pet will not enjoy. Keeping your dog muzzled in situations where biting can occur is a safe idea for all parties involved. Do some research on all of the options before purchasing a muzzle. That way, you can get the most benefit.

Posted by Debi on December 18,2010 at 10:00 AM
I have a 60lb ol english bulldogg. I need to find a muzzle for her. I have 2 other dogs, 1 male and 1 female. The bulldogge (who is female) and my other female have all of a sudden stopped liking each other. Every time they are around each other they are very aggressive and fight. The bulldogg is the one that does not like the other female. They are both spayed, and the vet has the bulldogge on puppy prozac to see if that calms her down toward the other female. She is fine with the male, and the male is fine with the other female. Bottom line I need to find, and I can't seem to a muzzle for her, so my dogs can co-exist in my house and not hurt each other..can you suggest something that will fit on the bulldoggs face
Posted by Francie on September 07,2010 at 10:29 AM
Hi I wanted advice on a muzzle. I have a mixed breed noreweign elkhound/shepard/beagle mix -93 pounds but Bandit looks a bit like a shepard. When he goes out for a walk he will go charging after any dog outside, when I manage to get him back in the house he cries-his social skilss are bad. I think he wants to be friends but I can't take the chance. He is very strong, pulls even with a choke collar. I'm always fear a day that I can't hold him so I figured at least if he has a muzzle on & I can't hold him I don't have the fear that he might bite the other dog. Which one do you suggest? help!
Posted by philip on April 07,2010 at 05:53 PM
Hi, i am interested in the husher muzzle but am curious as to whether it will train the dog not to bark or only tire the dog so it does not bark when it has the muzzle on? What do i need to do to teach him to reduce barking? thanks
Posted by Deborah Richhart on January 16,2010 at 05:46 AM
I have winner dogs two males we have to keep them seperated or they fight bad like there out to kill each other which muzzles would be best for them.
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