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Old 02-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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For some dogs it really does increase their anxiety while others it calms them down. Think about it like this. You're wearing a muzzle and know full well should some freak situation come up, you're real serious line of defense is removed because you cant bite. Dogs know this. It increases anxiety, especially if the dog already has some issues. You have removed their primary line of defense so an increase in reactivity is likely if your dog is already reactive. It's basically a mentality of "Must sound scarier so they'll leave me alone". Its similar to my boy Riley. He became reactive after a Saint Bernard almost killed him. He developed an "I'm gonna get you before you can get me" attitude if he saw another dog on walks. We worked with him pretty heavily on it but he never came around.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It may be making her feel vulnerable which increases her anxiety.
I've got money that says she.ll growl if you bear hug her while she is approached too
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
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For some dogs it really does increase their anxiety while others it calms them down. Think about it like this. You're wearing a muzzle and know full well should some freak situation come up, you're real serious line of defense is removed because you cant bite. Dogs know this. It increases anxiety, especially if the dog already has some issues. You have removed their primary line of defense so an increase in reactivity is likely if your dog is already reactive. It's basically a mentality of "Must sound scarier so they'll leave me alone". Its similar to my boy Riley. He became reactive after a Saint Bernard almost killed him. He developed an "I'm gonna get you before you can get me" attitude if he saw another dog on walks. We worked with him pretty heavily on it but he never came around.
Never seen it calm a dog...

But, I infact use it to block primary defenses to teach my dogs there are many ways to fight an aggressor
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I thought this was a very interesting video, just to see them work with this aggressive Dutch (with a muzzle), nothing else to add, this thread just reminded me of it.

Dog Training Franchise: Now THIS is an aggressive dog!! - YouTube
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Oh yuck
That was really upsetting.
I hate to see a dog so anxious and unhappy.
My gal just did s little rrrrr
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