Muzzles can be used for many reasons. Certainly, if your dog is a bite risk to yourself, other people, or animals, consider a muzzle. I love to muzzle train my dogs in case of emergency. If your dog has a serious injury requiring veterinary care, the vet may need to use a muzzle.
Muzzling your dog can prevent:
- Ingesting rocks and other inappropriate things
- Too rough play
- Play escalating to fights
Your dog should have enough room to pant fully. Picture a tennis ball in your dog’s mouth. Will the muzzle still fit? If not, it is too small.
Locally, the most common muzzle is the Baskerville. comes in a few sizes and fits some dogs well. If you have a dog who is a serious bite risk, a determined powerful dog and bend the Baskerville rubber and still bite.
These not bite-proof but they are pretty and useful for many dogs who do not pose a serious bite risk:
Here are two places to buy bite-proof muzzles. My preference it the first. The Jafco (second) might be a bit hot for long walks in summer.
Dean & Tyler Freedom Muzzle
They have amazing customer service. There is a measuring guideline on their website. Have a friend take pictures while you measure your dog. Send the images and measurements to them at email@example.com They will help you choose the correct size.
These are clear plastic with ventilation holes. They fit narrow muzzles better than wide blocky ones
Here is a great Facebook group to learn about muzzle options, how to measure and pick a size: