Dog training is an important aspect of rearing a puppy. For some breeds, muzzles play a role in this process. Some dogs, when they become anxious or fearful, can lash out aggressively. This may take place in a busy park, at the vet, or other stressful situations. Muzzles for dogs who bark can be an effective way to reinforce staying quiet during certain circumstances. A dog muzzle for biting is equally beneficial.
Muzzles are not for prolonged use. A dog muzzle should only be used for emergency situations, during grooming sessions, or during an emotionally stressful time for your pup. Why? Dogs often breathe out of their mouths. They need to pant in order to get enough oxygen during physically active activities. They also expel heat from their bodies through panting. That’s why when a dog is overheated, they pant. Muzzles naturally restrict a dog’s breathing as well as their ability to eat and drink. So, remember to use a muzzle as directed. When in doubt, ask your vet!
If muzzles are the right product for your dog, learn more about the types of dog muzzles:
Basket Muzzle / Italian Basket Muzzle - Basket muzzles are often made of metal or a thick plastic and are the most popular muzzle type. There is enough space between the basket wires to allow small training treats to pass through. Your dog should also be able to open their mouths enough to drink, and it allows your dog to pant to keep themselves cool.
Mesh Muzzles - Mesh muzzles are great for grooming since it’s a short duration activity. The muzzle fits snugly, and it is ideal for dogs who are good at sliding muzzles off. Since they fit tightly, these are not meant to be used for a long period of time. Dogs may not be able to drink while wearing this snug muzzle and can easily overheat.
Leather Muzzle - This dog muzzle for barking is perfect for both small and large dogs. They’re popular due to their stylish designs. Dogs are unable to eat or drink through most of these muzzles, so their use should be limited. Look for models that do not obstruct airflow.
Plastic Muzzle - Plastic muzzles are made of one large piece of plastic and connected to nylon fastenings that wrap around the dog’s head. They may look similar to a basket muzzle or may have a flatter design with holes punched in the side. This allows for good airflow, but can restrict eating and drinking. Small dogs benefit from the lightweight material.
Short Snout Muzzles - A short snout muzzle for dogs is made for breeds who have a very shallow snout length: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bulldog, Cane Corso, Pekingese, Pug, Shih Tzu, etc. These muzzles partially obstruct vision, so they should only be used when necessary as a bark muzzle or bite muzzle.
Ready to shop our selection of dog muzzles? Check out the varieties below: