Dog muzzles control barking and deter dogs from biting. The magistrates court may order a dog to be muzzled in public, but you can also be fined if reckless ownership of a dog results in an injury to other animals or other people. Available in a wide variety of sizes and styles, buy the appropriate dog muzzle for your pet.
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Measure your dog for the correct muzzle size. Start at the eye of the dog and measure down to the tip of the nose to get an accurate muzzle length. To measure for the proper circumference, start around two and a half cm (one inch) below the eye and measure all the way around the nose of the dog. For proper muzzle fit, you must add length to each circumference measurement. An addition of 0.6 to 1.3 cm (one-fourth of an inch to half of an inch) is required for a small dog. Large dogs require an additional 1.3 to 2.5 cm (half inch to one full inch). Special muzzles made of mesh material are available for dogs that have short noses.
Know the types of muzzles to from which to choose to select the best muzzle for your dog. The two main types of dog muzzles are the basket type and the occlusion type. The basket type of dog muzzle allows the dog to pant freely and drink water at will. Basket muzzles are good for long-term use when the dog is outside. The occlusion dog muzzle keeps the mouth of the dog completely shut. Advised for short-term use only (because it doesn't allow the dog to pant or drink at will) an occlusion muzzle may be necessary when a dog needs to visit a veterinarian.
Choose the material you prefer for your dog muzzle. Dog muzzles come in a variety of materials that vary in price, aesthetic appeal and price. Basket dog muzzles come in heavy-duty wire (the choice preferred for aggressive, untrained dogs), leather (strong, attractive and expensive) and plastic (affordable and a good choice for less aggressive dogs.) There are also nylon dog muzzles that provide a soft muzzle for your pet.
Shop for dog muzzles at a reputable pet supply store. Shops such as Pets at Home and PetCo offer a variety of dog muzzles that you can try on your dog to ensure proper fit and comfort. Professionals are available to answer your questions and to offer suggestions based on the size and temperament of your dog.
Tips and warnings
- If you buy a dog muzzle online, always know the return policy before you make your purchase.
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