Dog muzzle - learn how to choose and buy dog muzzle in smart way
Occasionally I am asked about how to choose right dog muzzle. My customers ask following questions before purchasing dog muzzle:
1.Is it safe to leave dog with muzzle on for the long time?
Please make sure to observe your dog when your dog is muzzled. It is your responsibility and decision to leave your dog with muzzle on alone. I suggest always to keep your dog visible when muzzle is on.
2.What is the difference between wire dog muzzle and leather dog muzzle?
Wire dog muzzle provides your dog with better air flow and your dog can drink with wire muzzle on. On the other hand leather muzzle is better solution for winter and cold weather, also leather muzzle does not reflect sunlight. Some leather muzzles are lighter in comparison to wire muzzles. For some muzzle models it is easier to fit leather muzzle because its snout basket part not fixed.
3.What kind of muzzle is the best to take dog to Vet visit?
I think that you need to consider muzzle which does not disturb your dog at all or at least interferes as less as possible with your dogs eyes and allows a lot of space inside to pant and breath easily. Most of dog owners use muzzles for Vet visits and those are only occasions where they use muzzles. At the same time if you do have muzzle which does not answer all the mentioned requirements yet does the job (was used already successfully for past Vet visits), then no need to purchase new muzzle.
Please consider this super air flow dog muzzle for taking your dog to Vet visit.
4.What is the best dog muzzle for dogs transportation?
Just as with muzzle for Vet visit I recommend muzzle which has enough free space for your dog to pant and breath with muzzle on. I think that with transportation muzzle it is even more crucial to make sure that air flow is good. The main reason is that you must keep your dog muzzled constantly through transportation procedure and for some dogs even the fact of transportation creates enough stress.
5.How to size my dog properly to make sure dog muzzle will stay at place and dog will not remove it?
While it might look as a complicated task, I call you to be patient and spend few minutes to size your dog properly and as precisely as possible. I prepared very easy diagram and instructions to help you complete dog measuring for the correct fit muzzle. Sometimes you will need 2 pairs of hands to accomplish this task. In 99% of cases when dog is measured properly, muzzle will fit very well. We do have fair flexible exchange policy but you will for sure prefer to avoid this hassle and get good fit dog muzzle at the first try.
6.Is muzzle adjustable so I can purchase it for puppy?
This depends on the model of the muzzle. Wire muzzles are made with fixed shape cage part and with adjustable straps. Some of the leather muzzles are made with fixed snout basket part and some allow to adjust part which covers your dogs snout. Of course it is nice when you can purchase one product which will adjust as your dog grows. Unfortunately if you want your dog to enjoy proper functionality of the muzzle you must make sure that fit is perfect and this might cost you, as you will have to purchase few muzzles until your puppy becomes fully grown dog. But please consider all the suffering, outrageous Vet bills in case you try to save on muzzle and your dog picks up unwanted object from the ground during casual park or street walk.
7.Can my dog drink and eat with muzzle on?
Most of wire basket muzzles allow your dog to drink. All you have to do is use bowl which is deep enough with high level of water. Your dog will figure it out. Wire muzzles also allow you to give treats, which can be very helpful by the way to get your dog used to wearing a muzzle. Some of the leather dog muzzles also allow your dog to drink but I would not recommend this. The reason is that once leather muzzle gets wet and dry, and wet and dry again it will compromise muzzles strength and will most likely result in bad odor.
8.Do I need to purchase dog muzzle with steel agitation bar?
You should consider model with agitation steel bar only for professional muzzle training. Police, military, security. There is definitely no need to purchase muzzle with agitation bar for daily usage.
9.Do I need to buy dog muzzle which is padded?
Since all our muzzles are padded you don't have to think hard on this one. I learned over years that padding is a must future for the muzzle to prevent irritation of sensitive areas of the dogs skin, therefore all our muzzles are padded.
10.Can my dog swim with muzzle on?
Swimming involves breathing at greater rate, which will demand complete air flow and ability of muzzle to up stand corrosion after water contact. If you decide to purchase muzzle to allow your dog swimming, please remember it is your responsibility and please make sure that you observe your dog constantly and close to you during this activity.