Hi everyone - before posting this I had a search for any previous muzzle threads but couldn't find any that matched what I was after
My staffy Buddy used to go to the dog park, off leash for about 2 years until out of the blue he would randomly pick a person (fine with other dogs) to bolt over to and lunge at, snap and back off. When he's in that mode there is absolutely no snapping him out of it - it's all over very quickly - but it gives you (and the victim!) quite a scare as there was absolutely no reason for it! At first I thought it was people in hats, or with backpacks, old people with walking sticks, homeless people - but it can be ANYBODY .. there was no actually bites, just the jump, little snap and then backing off while staring at the person! It could happen one day only and the next no problems. It is all very random. This resulted in no more dog park which meant less dog socialisation (which he absolutely loves!). We haven't been to the dog park for at least a year now, but I'd really like him to start playing with other dogs again.
I have been looking at muzzles online, at the pet shop etc - I'm not keen on the velcro ones that wrap around the muzzle (and neither would he be!) I've seen the JAFCO muzzle that although isn't attractive at all - it looks like it's not restricting in any way. Has anyone used these muzzles before? And is it easy for the dogs to play with other dogs with it on? Any advice? Experiences?
Thanks in advance
Natalie & Buddy