Features February 2019 Issue

Dog Muzzles Are Useful Tools When You Use Them Right

This former “streetie” (street dog in Mumbai, India) has been conditioned by her owner to wear a muzzle happily; for her, it simply signals that treats are on the way. “I condition all of my dogs to happily and comfortably wear a muzzle in case they ever need to wear one,” says owner Aditi Joshi.

Dog Muzzles Are Useful Tools When You Use Them Right

Why and how every dog should learn to love wearing a muzzle.

A significant percentage of my clients come to see me because they have dogs with aggressive behaviors. Often, they will ask me if their dogs should wear a muzzle. My answer is almost always, “Good idea!” In each case, however, we have a serious discussion about the reason why the client’s wants to use a muzzle, when and how the dog’s aggressive behavior presents, and – this is the clincher – whether the client is willing and able to take the time to condition her dog to love the muzzle before starting to use it.

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