Good Dogs Wear Muzzles Too

Essential reading. Thank you Sara!

Paws Abilities

We were walking our dogs outside a rally obedience trial several years ago when my friend froze. “Watch out!” she said sharply, “There’s a muzzled dog across the parking lot!” I looked, and sure enough someone was walking their dog in a comfortably fitted basket muzzle. The dog was on a loose leash with soft, relaxed body language, intent on his owner. I chuckled and went back to watching my own dog. “I don’t know why you’re worried,” I said, “That’s the one dog at this show that I’m the least concerned about.”

Layla wears her basket muzzle if she's going to be off leash around unfamiliar dogs. Layla wears her basket muzzle if she’s going to be off leash around unfamiliar dogs.

Our societal perception of muzzles is shifting, but the prejudice is still present in many communities. The thought is that only “bad” dogs wear muzzles, and if a dog is wearing a muzzle he or she must be a mean animal with horrible…

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2 thoughts on “Good Dogs Wear Muzzles Too

  1. I was just talking about muzzle training my girl with a colleague – she doesn’t need one – my colleague was skeptical and worried about stigmatizing her – I thought it would interesting to train it with her and I am pretty sure the creepier individuals in my neighborhood would avoid us when we walked if she had one on…and then you posted this article! Kismet!

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