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tjpearse 06-13-2014 09:47 AM

Muzzle conditioning?
I'm sure he won't ever need a muzzle because he's the world's most happy-go-lucky dog. But, Is it better to start conditioning my pup to a muzzle now in case he ever needs it when he gets older? Or is it pretty simple to get them used to it as an adult?

martemchik 06-13-2014 10:00 AM

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Unless you need it, there's no reason to worry about it at this point.

Both my dogs have had to wear a muzzle once in their life, for hip x-rays. No fuss, no worry, it was on in seconds and off in minutes.

tjpearse 06-13-2014 12:27 PM

OK. I've been trying to socialize him/condition him to everything I possibly can. Just wasn't too sure on the muzzle so thanks for the info.

NancyJ 06-13-2014 12:39 PM

I have conditioned my dogs to the muzzle. Some dogs do freak out so it is good to know in advance.

lalachka 06-13-2014 12:44 PM

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I like leerburg's words on it. Though I haven't done it, read too late.

'When you're crate training them also condition them to the muzzle. Gives them something else to think about besides being in the crate.'

Lol I don't know how this works, just passing it on. It was funny to read

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DJEtzel 06-13-2014 01:46 PM

I condition all of my dogs to muzzles. Most do not tolerate them well without it, and if your dog ever needs one, it is likely to be a very stressful situation already. Why stress them out more?

Whether you do it now or wait doesn't matter, it will work just the same, but if you need a muzzle between now and then, it'd be better to do it now.

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