Muzzles and BSL
In light of yesterday's announcement, understandably people are scared, frustrated and unsure of what to do. Whilst I cannot say what the Government will do I can help you now with muzzle training and for all breeds!
Using collaborative care and games to make it a fun experience for dogs, so that they consent, have agency and are not afraid nor uncomfortable in the muzzle.
Using the muzzle in games and in the home on a regular basis when it isn't used a lot is a great way of building and maintaining a positive relationship with the muzzle as many dogs can find the muzzle uncomfortable or a predictor for a stressful situation.
Desensitisation to muzzle training can take quite a bit of time and it can be a good idea to begin muzzle training using a cup with treats in, first placed on cue than a muzzle itself, just to help your dog get used to the idea of something being around their muzzle and pairing this with a good experience.
I have made a series on muzzle training which you can access here for free. I began the process with a tupperware tub as I didn't have a cup big enough
And we also play Muzzle games to build excitement for the muzzle so they are never uncomfortable with the muzzle. https://youtu.be/Mfp7CYcpTvI
The Muzzle Shop here in the UK makes fantastic well fitting muzzles and ships internationally. They have step by step fitting guides and are also available to help via message or email for further support for fitting https://www.themuzzleshop.com/ but do ship internationally.
As well as the Muzzle Movement also here in the UK makes fantastic well fitting muzzles and ships internationally. They have step by step fitting guides and are also available to help via message or email for further support for fitting. https://www.themuzzlemovement.com/
If you are fearful of people commenting because your dog is wearing a muzzle, you shouldn't be as dogs wear a muzzle for lots of reasons and not just BSL laws. This can be due to preventing the risk of consuming potentially dangerous or toxic items on the floor or to prevent poop eating from the same or other species. They maybe wearing a muzzle as a preventative if the guardian is worried that their dog could potentially bite another dog or a person, they can be used for the vets and in times of unwellness and they can also be used at the groomers.
You can also get vests for your dogs or lead slips that ask for space or state your dog is in training which can quickly change the conversation. If you would like anything from https://www.yellowdoguk.co.uk/ you are also welcome to use my discount code as a sponsor MIYAGI20 at the checkout for 20% off!
Please remember that you will be supported and welcomed by many, many professionals in the industry and we have already stated this but we will state it again, all breeds of dogs are welcome and will be included!!
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