Muzzles are helping thousands of dogs and their guardians.
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I have two reactive dogs, but they aren’t the only ones who are muzzle trained.
Muzzle training/conditioning is a great skill for all dogs to have. I use a muzzle to prevent kleptomaniac behavior when the “leave it” command is being practiced…or ignored.
Muzzles are also a great tool to use on walks for dogs who have PICA like Freja (pictured above).
Like kennel training, I like to desensitize all of my dogs to muzzles “just in case” they need one in the future during an emergency. If they were sick or injured and had to be muzzled, they would feel comfortable because they associate it with positive things. A dog who isn’t muzzle trained would feel anxious or turn into a potential bite risk.