Train Your Dog To Enjoy Wearing a Muzzle.

More and more people are training their dogs to wear a muzzle so that they have one in hand in case it is needed at the veternarian’s office or for introducing their dog safely to another pet, guest, or child.  When a dog is happy to see a muzzle and put it on – the benefits are obvious.  We use muzzles a lot in aggression rehab and have used just about every different type of muzzle there is.  Many people have a hard time finding the right muzzle for their dog and training situation so I decided to post this quick blog to help people out.  Certain muzzles will clamp your dog’s mouth shut – which prevents them from being able to drink, eat, pant, and otherwise be comfortable.  Metal basket muzzles are heavier and more likely to cause injury when the dog bumps into you and also more likely to damage furniture.We use plastic basket muzzles with a quick release snap. These are light weight, comfortable, and allow the dog to drink, pant, and take treats.  The fact that the muzzles are plastic also allows us to modify them for training (we make a larger treat hole in the front).This blog post has a video which explains how we get a dog to not only wear a plastic basket muzzle but also to enjoy wearing one.  Also, for your convenience I mapped out some little steps you can take to do what you see in the video.  It is important not to skip steps until your dog has no problem with the step you are currently working on.  Lastly, I posted a link where you can buy the same muzzles that we use.  This is the best price and quickest shipping I have found.  This is the only place we get our plastic basket muzzles from.  If anyone has any questions feel free to post in the comments.

1.Present while training
2.Take treats on outside of muzzle
3.Take treats inside shallow
4.Take treats inside deep
5.Take treats inside through front opening
6.Take treats through opening after slip through loose neck strap
7.Take treats through opening after slip through snug neck strap
8.Do quick obedience drills with muzzle on
9.Do longer obedience drills with muzzle on


Plastic Double Grill Basket Muzzles Plastic Double Grill Basket MuzzlesAids in problems associated with chewing, biting and aggresive behavoir.

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  1. Art

    That was a very clear presentation, and the best I’ve seen or read about how to get your dog used to a muzzle. As with everything else in Foundation Training, you progress in small steps so the dog really does get used to wearing a muzzle and feels comfortable about it. Like you say, you have to be patient when doing this. It may take several weeks for some people/dogs, but it’s time well spent.

  2. Susan C.

    That was very clear and helpful. Thank you!

  3. Gary

    This was really helpful in getting my dog used to wearing a muzzle very quickly. It took only five short sessions over three days and we were out walking on the street with the muzzle on. I could not find any with the quick release snaps, only the leather straps that had to be buckled, which turned out to be the biggest obstacle to overcome with my dog because the smell of the leather aroused him. I did the practice sessions in front of the gate because he knows that means we are going out for a walk, so it was another positive association in addition to the treats.

  4. Laura

    My dog enjoyed the “party hat” training session we just had so much that afterward he ate his muzzle :(

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