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    The right size muzzle finally arrived today. Koda is very happy in this one, the other size (which is supposed to fit Aussies) was way too small for him, which proves to me that he really is a big Aussie. (I've discovered that he is very large for his breed, borderline with being too tall for the standard)
    Going to road test the muzzle and the new training method at the vet next week. Hopefully things go well

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    Hope she likes her new one . Can she still drink and bark with that on ? I've never had to use one before.

    I cant help but think of Hannibal Lector when i see that pic.



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    Oh gosh Sean, that is a creepy picture I've never been one for creepy movies, so i have not seen that movie.
    Yes he can still drink, eat, bark, and pant while wearing it. I did a lot of research and this is the only one i could find that looked the least nasty yet still enabled the dog to function normally while wearing it

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    Heaps of these - best-of-luck-graphic-07.jpg for your endeavours with your pup !

    I have never used a muzzle on any of my pups.

    Are you sure you know what you are training Koda for when the muzzle is on ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Heaps of these - best-of-luck-graphic-07.jpg for your endeavours with your pup !

    I have never used a muzzle on any of my pups.

    Are you sure you know what you are training Koda for when the muzzle is on ?
    I'm not sure i entirely understand your question Riley. I bought the muzzle not because he has tried to bite a dog or that i think he will. Its more as a confidence booster for my mother and I when we take him out. My mum hasn't even entertained the idea of me taking Koda out until i suggested getting a muzzle, now she feels much more confident in taking him out into the public. I will be training him to not react aggressively to dogs. I will also be training Koda to love the muzzle, it is going to become a really positive thing for him He already voluntarily sticks his nose into it because he associates it with lots of praise and treats.

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    Well done MDD! Muzzles can be such a simple form of security and positivity. Most Greyhounds are just like you describe Koda - excited by the sight of a muzzle, as it means a positive experience like a walk. No different to all those dogs who get excited about seeing a lead brought out.

    Humans are the ones who attach negative opinions to things like muzzles, or collars, or harnesses. Dogs don't care so long as they are enjoying themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Well done MDD! Muzzles can be such a simple form of security and positivity. Most Greyhounds are just like you describe Koda - excited by the sight of a muzzle, as it means a positive experience like a walk. No different to all those dogs who get excited about seeing a lead brought out.

    Humans are the ones who attach negative opinions to things like muzzles, or collars, or harnesses. Dogs don't care so long as they are enjoying themselves.
    I find it very interesting how people seem to see muzzles as such a negative thing. I showed the photo of Koda with the muzzle on to some of my friends and it was interesting to see their different reactions. Those of my friends who understood what i am using it for and that Koda is fine with wearing it were really positive about it, yet those of my friends who are not very knowledgeable about dogs seemed to come across as if they think i'm being mean to Koda or that putting a muzzle on him is a really bad idea.

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    I get called weird or "not normal" a lot... but it is amazing how some people react to muzzles and even harnesses on dogs.

    They don't get excited about seatbelts in cars but they seem to equate a dog wearing a muzzle with you carrying a loaded ready to fire gun pointed at them. They should view a muzzle as much like a seat belt in a car - a safety - just in case - device.

    Other people view them as a challenge - small children like to put their fingers in. Stuffed if I know how parents don't also do the safety thing and keep their children away from dogs they don't know. Or get them properly introduced if the child wants to pat the dog.

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    I have never used a muzzle...it give people the wrong impression. If you had a very aggressive dog that was a danger to people and other dogs when in public...well yes by all means use one...but as a confidence booster for your mother...that's a new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogman View Post
    I have never used a muzzle...it give people the wrong impression. If you had a very aggressive dog that was a danger to people and other dogs when in public...well yes by all means use one...but as a confidence booster for your mother...that's a new one.
    I'm not using this muzzle on a perfectly stable dog, why would I do that? Let me explain my situation. Koda is aggressive to dogs that are the same size or bigger than him. He hasn't been off our farm to see another dog for two years (except for the last time he went to the vet). We are unsure of what Koda's reaction will be when he see's another dog in public, for all we know, he could have matured and be fine, or he could be 10 times worse than he was, we simply do not know.
    We bought the muzzle for various reasons...
    1. As a confidence booster, walking Koda (or any reactive dog) in public when you are anxious and on edge is simply not going to work, your own anxiousness is going to transfer to the dog. Using a muzzle will greatly reduce both my mother's and my nervousness because there is no way that Koda can harm a dog even if he does react worse than we expected.
    2. As a deterrent for stupid people. Simple as that. The last thing I want is to be walking Koda and be faced with a person who decides to let their insane dog run up to my dog because "oh he's friendly, he won't hurt your dog." I am aware that it won't deter all people, but it definitely will deter some.

    Yes, I am aware that a lot of people will be frightened of Koda and want to avoid him while he has the muzzle on, but to be honest, that would be wonderful. I just want to be able to walk my dog in peace, and if a muzzle can help me do that then that is what i'll be doing. Koda already loves the muzzle, I took him for a quick walk around the farm yesterday and he was as happy as larry He couldn't have cared less about the muzzle.

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