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Anyone use a muzzle?

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Chewingthecrud Tue 18-Oct-16 14:13:31

I have a gorgeous rescue who has become a bit snappy.

I think this is since a run in with another dog a few months back who nipped her or at least tried to (wasn't sure how much contact was made).

She isn'at all aggressive at home or with strange humans but when out walking will get a bit get up around other dogs. Sometimes not much but other times can growl and snap.

I only walk her on lead but it is tricky.

She has never been very good with other dogs. Always seems interested but a bit unsure how to interact and tends to play bite or chase a lot if she has off lead time with other dogs (haven't done this at all since she got more aggressive).

So I think it's a mixture of fear aggression and poor previous socialisation.

I'd like to let her have a sniff and interact with other dogs as I think it would help ultimately but just can't risk her biting so wondered if a muzzle would help or is this a no no?

Please be kind in replies if it's a bad idea- I'm not trying to do the wrong thing I'm just wanting to help her find a way.

Blackfellpony Tue 18-Oct-16 14:49:47

I always use a muzzle with mine when off lead. When on lead I take it off.

She has a tendancy to snap if cornered and will lunge at people and dogs who try to touch her. It's purely fear.

Anyway she can run, play, pant, take treats and do everything she would normally do except bite!

I use a Baskerville ultra as I found it the best and it never moves at all.

FluffyPineapple Wed 19-Oct-16 02:04:58

If you feel your dog needs to be muzzled then it should be kept on a lead. Dogs who show aggression will push, headbutt, stamp and terrorize another dog despite being muzzled.

An on lead, muzzled dog is a safe dog. An off lead, muzzled dog is a menace

Chewingthecrud Wed 19-Oct-16 08:30:25

As I said in original post Fluffy I only ever walk her on lead and have no intention of taking her off.

I just feel she would benefit from he opportunity to actual smell and interact with other dogs rather than always be held right back for fear she might nip.

She doesn't show huge aggression, more interest and unsure and occasionally nips if the other dog is lively too. Some she just sniffs at and tries to play.

Perhaps reading your post she would still have to be held right back even with a muzzle on?

tabulahrasa Wed 19-Oct-16 09:25:38

If you're wanting her to mix with other dogs a muzzle is a mistake IMO.

Mine wears one 90% of what it actually does is to deter other dog owners from letting their dog approach.

You're also still letting her practise the behaviour, which isn't the best idea TBH.

Chewingthecrud Wed 19-Oct-16 10:26:15

Hmm ok yes I can see that alto I would pull her off if she started being aggressive at all.

I just wonder if a lot of the time she wouldn't be and she just needs to be allowed to socialise but I'm too fearful of letting her.

When we had a family dog over we let her play together initially on lead and then off lead in a private field and she was doing almost if play barking and bowing and seemed nervous and a bit snappy initially but then settled in well and had a fabulous time and they ended up curled up sleeping together.

But I can't encourage socialisation whilst I'm worried she might snap.

She doesn't bear teeth when she growls. More walks slowly and does a fearful growl.

Chewingthecrud Thu 20-Oct-16 23:01:00

Anyone else use one can comment?

TrionicLettuce Fri 21-Oct-16 00:40:30

A muzzle might prevent her biting but it won't prevent her potentially doing either physical (muzzle punches can really hurt) or psychological damage to another dog. There's also the risk of a strange dog not taking kindly to her snapping and snapping back, things can escalate very quickly in such situations.

I'd find either a trainer or behaviourist who can help you get her socialised in a safe and controlled environment with appropriate stooge dogs who won't be bothered if she kicks off a bit.

If she's got a tendency to be reactive then I can highly recommend the CARE method for reactive dogs. One of mine can be very reactive and I've made huge progress with him using that training.

Chewingthecrud Fri 21-Oct-16 07:00:25

Trioniclettuce that's a brilliant website thank you will start asap

DoubleCarrick Fri 21-Oct-16 07:06:16

A muzzle can be a really good sign to OTHER dog owners that they need to be considerate towards your dog.

Also, with a muzzle on, you can relax, allowing your dog to relax. Otherwise if you tense up because he's not muzzles then your stress will pass on to the dog.

This muzzle training video is very good and a very gentle way of introducing your dog to a muzzle.

Good luck!

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