Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Great Mills, MD
Me personally...I wouldn't do it. Too many things can go wrong; the holes in the basket get caught on something and the dog seriously injures themselves or worse trying to get unstuck, the dog gets sick, tries to vomit, and if the muzzle isn't the correct size, he might not be able to open his mouth and vomit, causing him to choke on it...the possibilities are endless. You should never muzzle a dog unless you are physically right near the dog to save it if something goes wrong.
If you are wanting to start letting him have free roam, might I suggest starting with very short trips. We started by leaving him out when we'd run to the store for a short trip and he was baby-gated into the living room with the TV or radio on. Every time he went several weeks without destroying anything, we expanded his area and we lenghtened our time away from home.
It's very much trial and error. The biggest thing to remember is, you can't punish him for something you didn't see him do. It's hard to not have feelings of pure homicide if the dog mauls a pair of expensive shoes while his stuffie is laying right next to him, but the onus is on you to make sure there's nothing to redirect boredom onto.
RIP Sebastian, Baby, Cheyenne, Baxter. Gone but never forgotten.
Finnian The Irish Lad WGSD: SAR
Abeni the Little Warrior: Pomeranian rescue.
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