Dog Muzzles Basics: A Guide On The Do’s & Don’ts Of Muzzles

Dog muzzles are a helpful tool for providing security around aggressive dogs, and can also help prevent dogs from eating nasty street treats on walks, discourage mouthiness in play, and protect dogs and their handlers in emergency scenarios.

There are three main types of dog muzzles for your pup: Basket Muzzle, Soft Sleeve Muzzle, and Short-Snout Muzzle. Each has different purposes and functions, so consider the situation carefully before you determine what type works best for your canine.

Basket muzzle

When going for a walk, in the dog park, or training you’ll want to have a basket muzzle because it allows your dog to pant, drink water and take treats.

Soft sleeve muzzle

The soft sleeve muzzle works well for short-term needs, such as a vet or grooming visit.

Short-snout muzzle

The best muzzle for most flat-faced dogs like pugs and French bulldogs is a custom short-snout version that covers a larger portion of the face.

Home Made Muzzle

When there are no other options available, but you need to muzzle your dog, such as in an emergency or when your dog has been injured, you can make a muzzle with gauze, pantyhose, or even his leash. This is only recommended when you have no other choice and it should only be used temporarily.

Right ways to select Dog Muzzles

There are many different choices when it comes to selecting a dog muzzle. Our research shows that the best dog muzzles are those controls barking, panting, eating treats and drinking water while providing comfort to the dog.

  • It should be breathable.
  • Comfortness during panting, eating and drinking
  • Safety strapes
  • Custom size, color and moldable

Dog Muzzles F.A.Q

Why do dogs wear muzzles?

There are three main reasons a dog may be wearing a muzzle: 1) the dog may be recovering from a painful injury, 2) the dog may get nervous around strange people or dogs, 3) in some cities/states there are breed specific laws requiring it regardless of the dog’s history.

Are muzzles bad for dogs?

A properly fitting muzzle can protect you, your dog, or even your guests when you use it correctly. However, it comes with some warnings:

Muzzles should never be worn for more than an hour. Especially if your dog is hot. It’s safest to limit them to 15 minutes. After all, you don’t want your dog overheating and struggling to breathe.

Bad fits can cause chafing, overheating, and nasty cuts, so it’s important to purchase a muzzle that actually fits your dog. Always monitor your dog’s breathing while they have their muzzle on. Any sign of distress and you should remove the muzzle.

A dog should drink .5 to 1 ounce of water per day per pound of body weight. A dog’s muzzle should not get in the way of his ability to drink water.”

Will a muzzle stop a dog from barking

When it is hot outside, the way your dog stays cool is by panting. A soft muzzle prevents panting, which is the only way he has of dispersing heat. Panting is the canine version of sweating so these muzzles should only be used for very short periods of time and never in hot weather. These muzzles also prevent your dog from barking, drinking, or eating.

When to use a muzzle on a dog

Before going for a walk, bring your dog’s muzzle and secure it in place. If your dog is aggressive and/or has bitten another dog or a person in the past, a muzzle can be used for safety. Even if your dog has no bite history, if you think the risk of a dog bite exists—for example, your dog lunges and barks at other dogs or people—a muzzle can provide additional peace of mind.

Can a dog wear a muzzle All Day & Overnight

Basket muzzles are designed to prevent dogs from biting or injuring themselves and others when they are stressed. But sleeping with the muzzle for more than 5 hours at a time will cause discomfort and could lead to injury.

Can a muzzle calm a dog

Muzzles are calm tools for dog training and prevention of bites.