Everything You Need to Know About Dog Muzzles

Nobody likes to make their dog wear this 'accessory', but some breeds are classed as 'Potentially Dangerous' and therefore need to wear one by law. But there are lots of different types and it may not always be easy to get your dog to wear one...
Everything You Need to Know About Dog Muzzles

Last update: 12 November, 2020

Depending on your breed of dog or the country you live in, you may have to ensure that your dog wears a muzzle in public. This is primarily to stop them from opening their mouth so that they can’t bite people or other animals. In this article, we’ll tell you what different types of dog muzzles are available and what they’re used for.

When to put a muzzle on your dog and why

In some countries, certain dog breeds are classified as potentially dangerous. For example, in Spain and Mexico, this list includes Pitbulls and Rottweilers. Whenever they’re in the street or in a public space, they are obliged by law to wear a muzzle.

Some dogs may have to wear one even if they’re not on this list. If they’ve previously been reported for attacks or biting, they too may have to wear a muzzle.

You may also decide for yourself that it’s best for your dog to wear a muzzle. Perhaps they often get nervous around other animals, or maybe your dog is a very large breed that’s hard for you to restrain.

In any case, no dog is going to enjoy wearing a muzzle and they’re surely going to complain and put up a fight. In fact, the best way to get them used to a muzzle is to incorporate it into some kind of game whilst they’re still young. But always at home first!

A dog wearing a basket muzzle.

If your dog is already an adult and has never used a muzzle before, there are some techniques you can use to successfully put it on. The element of surprise always tends to be the most effective, but be careful not to scare them or they might bite as a natural defense!

What types of dog muzzles are there?

Before you buy a dog muzzle, you need to think about what size you need and what shape their snout is. Don’t worry, there’s a range of options and models, and you’ll be sure to find the right one for your dog.

1. Tube muzzle

These dog muzzles take the form of a tube with an open end and come in a range of different materials, such as leather, nylon, or fabric. They need to be well adjusted to stop your dog from opening their mouth. The bad thing about this muzzle is that your dog can’t even pant or drink water. Obviously, this makes it very hard for them to regulate their body temperature.

As a result, this definitely isn’t an ideal muzzle for use in summer, in stressful situations, or when playing or doing exercise. It’s really only useful in specific situations for a short period of time. In some countries and cities, this type of muzzle is banned.

2. Basket muzzle

This is the most well-known type of muzzle, and although your dog might be a little comfortable, this type definitely provides them with more freedom and mobility. With this muzzle on, they’re still able to pant, bark and drink water, but obviously not bite anyone or anything.

They come in a range of different materials but the most common are plastic, leather, or metal. These can be used for longer periods, such as going to the vets or the dog groomers, taking a walk in the park, or traveling on public transport.

3. No-pull muzzle

This is less of a muzzle and more of a special collar, but it still helps prevent your dog from biting. As the name suggests, it also stops them from pulling on the leash. With this muzzle, they’re still able to pant, drink water, and even eat. However, it can be dangerous if it closes too suddenly.

A dog with a muzzle.

4. Short snout muzzle

Dogs with short snouts, like the French or British Bulldog, Boxer, Boston Terrier, or Pug, need a special muzzle to fit their snout.

These breeds tend to have breathing difficulties so a muzzle that isn’t adapted to them could restrict the airflow. For this reason, they need a special short snout muzzle.

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