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I'm looking for a muzzle that will be in my SAR pack for the rare times that I will be required to have one (e.g., some helicopters). Also I"m thinking the other time I might really need one is if Tygo gets injured; he is the type of dog that will freak out if the pain is bad. The obvious answer is one of those cheap nylon ones but what I don't like is that if Tygo does get injured and its hot, I slam his jaws shut with one of those nylon muzzles he will just freak out more and it inhibits panting.

So I'm looking for ease of training, light weight, and minimal if possible.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.
 

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I have a plastic italian basket muzzle. Seems well tolerated by the dogs and you can pack stuff in it. Thing is I have lucked into dogs who seem to know when they are hurt and don't freak.....and who also just tolerate the muzzle. IF the dog is freaking out, you may want something a little more heavy duty like the Jafco muzzle with a forehead strap.

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Like Nancy said, if you really need it, you don't want a flimsy muzzle. I prefer to use a basket muzzle that is rigid and just pack stuff inside it to minimize the footprint. The dog can drink and breathe, and everybody stays safe.

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Just a caveat : I've seen a sweet little lab bite clear through a glove and it's handlers hand when the handler was checking the dog over and found a GSW on the dogs rear leg.

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I never carried one when I did Wilderness. I do have one now for USAR. But only because the government requires it. It's a cheap blue nylon muzzle.

Kudos to you for thinking ahead. I would just end up tieing a leash around the mouth and booking it.


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Thank you so much everyone! I will get one of the Italian plastic ones.... is this like Italian shoes... superior to other countries? ;-)

GSDSAR, I am thinking ahead because this dog makes me do that, unlike previous dogs I have had. While he has amazing qualities, he also has other stuff going on that makes me think... a muzzle is a good thing to have trained a bit.
 

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The Italian muzzle is cheap and works for a dog who is conditioned properly to it and not inclined to fight it. You know your dog. To me it is like a fabric crate. It will work if the dog thinks it will work but if you really feel you need a muzzle and need a strong one, it is probably not the best choice. I have had to punch an extra hole in the strap of the ones I bought to get it tight enough.
 
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