Grantham pets expert answers the question does your dog need to wear a muzzle?
Only a few days ago the rules relating to XL Bullies needing to wear muzzles came into effect, writes Grantham pet expert Sara Barnes of Who Lets Your Dog Out? Ltd.
That said not only XL Bullies need to wear a muzzle, but are they wearing the right kind of muzzle?
For most dogs the only time they might need to wear a muzzle is at the vets or at the groomers, and in these instances it is often only for a very short period of time, so using a fabric muzzle is a great option. When fitted correctly these types of muzzle prevent the dog from biting, but also prevent the dog from panting, drinking or eating, which is why they should only be used for short periods of time and not when exercising your dog.
If you need to use a muzzle on your dog when exercising them they should be wearing a basket muzzle. These allow your dog to pant, drink and eat treats. Some dogs need to wear a muzzle because the law says so, others could wear a muzzle to stop them lashing out at other dogs/people, or scavenging whilst on walks (eating stuff off the ground).
Whichever type of muzzle you are using on your dog here are a couple of tips to make it the best possible experience for your dog:
- Get your muzzle fitted properly, ideally take your dog in to the pet shop to try on the different types and sizes to find what fits best on your dogs face shape.
- Train you dog to accept a muzzle – there are loads of different video guides online for free.
- When you put the muzzle on your dog, wrap the strap that goes around the back of the head around/through your dogs collar to stop them being able to pull it off.
As with all dogs, if you are approaching a dog that is wearing a muzzle or not wearing a muzzle check with the owner/walker that you are ok to say hello before approaching them.
Also if you are out walking your dog and they are wearing a fabric muzzle don’t be rude to people if they approach and suggest that maybe they shouldn’t be wearing that type of muzzle, they are only saying it as they are concerned for the welfare of your dog.