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I've been trying to get a muzzle and Petco and Petsmart
only have the nylon ones. I think I'd prefer the leather basket
muzzle type, but don't know where to start to look for them,
I can only seem to find plastic or wire online. So my question
is, would any of you have a link or some input on the type of
muzzle you like the best? I want Sierra to be able to run at
the beach and be comfortable, and be able to pant/drink or
take treats through the muzzle...

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I would reconsider the nylon muzzle. Grimm loves his! He has it because in Germany, big dogs on trains need to wear them.. it's the law. In the lightweight nylon muzzle, there is an opening to drink, take treats, even kiss you.
It weighs nothing, the dog adjusts SO much easier than the basket-type.. and another advantage? People don't freak and SCREAM when they see it on your dog... IF they see it at all. (GSDs muzzle is dark, and the nylon muzzles are usually black in color)
 

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Is it easier for them to overheat with a nylon one? I was told they are for short term wear, as they cannot pant normally and the wire basket would be best. I have a nylon one, too, for the vet visits.
 

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I would reconsider the nylon muzzle. Grimm loves his! He has it because in Germany, big dogs on trains need to wear them.. it's the law. In the lightweight nylon muzzle, there is an opening to drink, take treats, even kiss you.
It weighs nothing, the dog adjusts SO much easier than the basket-type.. and another advantage? People don't freak and SCREAM when they see it on your dog... IF they see it at all. (GSDs muzzle is dark, and the nylon muzzles are usually black in color)
 

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We have three muzzles for Abby, two of which live in our doggy first aid kit. The two in there are a mesh muzzle from Petsmart and a nylon muzzle from Petco. The third is a leather basket muzzle that we mostly got for re-enactment since you have a hard time finding a historic picture of a dog handler and dog without a muzzle hanging somewhere from the handler's equipment if the dog's not wearing it.

The two muzzles in our first aid kit are designed to be emergency muzzles for short-term wear. The mesh one is a bit larger, which allows Abby to pant and drink. Of course, if she really wanted to bite someone (which is highly unlikely), it would also allow her to get a hold of someone with her front teeth. Better than a full bite, but I would imagine, still very painful. The nylon muzzle is a little smaller and, like safety muzzles generally are, designed to keep her mouth shut. Definitely not something I would recommend for extended wear.

The leather basket muzzle is a pretty cheap one (it was $25) that we got at our local tack store, but it's well-made and is adjustable in four different places - the strap that goes up between the eyes and both of the side straps, and the strap that goes around her neck behind the ears. All the areas where straps overlap are riveted. It's a nice muzzle for $25.
 

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Our local tack stores are almost all a combination of tack store / feed store / and pet supply. Around here, they tend to carry things that may be otherwise hard to find - like dog muzzles and dog carting harnesses.
 
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