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TO MUZZLE OR NOT TO MUZZLE THAT IS THE QUESTION?

Malarky able to have a run on the beach quite safely

You know when you keep putting something off because you are not sure of the outcome - well this has been the case with this article.

Muzzling a dog can be a taboo subject - owners just hate the idea even though it is the most sensible solution to a problem dog.

In the world of greyhound racing it would be more uncommon to see a dog without a muzzle but I know when we are out with our greyhounds and I have some of them muzzled people automatically think the dogs are bad with people. In the case of our dogs there could be nothing further from the truth, they are the most gentle of breeds, but we have more than two dogs and that is a pack and when dogs pack there can be major consquences in any breed. In the wild a pack of dogs may all attack if one started.

But why after so long did I decide to write this article well because the other day I met a dog, a medium sized mongrel, who was bad with people and un-muzzled. When I attempted to stoke him, being unaware of his temprement, he went for me and that made my mind up. The owner seemed quite oblivious to the fact that I could have been a child but was well aware that the dog was not sociable. Then you talk to people who know of dogs who are the same - so why arn't they wearing a muzzle?

There are all sorts of aggression, one of the worst being fear aggression, but there are many others, and when you have a muzzle on you know that you have more control over whatever situation you meet.

Muzzles can be used for all sorts of conditions, for example I know dogs that are real scavengers so much so that they make themselves ill - simple solution put a muzzle on and the dog can then run 'till its hearts content without eating rubbish. There are times when maybe your dog has a sore patch of stitches and continues to lick the area and make it infected - this is another time when the muzzle could come in handy.

Malarky happily playing with his ball even with the muzzle in place

 

How skilled is that, running with the ball and the muzzle!!

If anyone would like to try a muzzle please give us a call and we will let you borrow one of ours or indeed try and find you one that would fit your dog.

In the meantime it would make life easier and muzzles more acceptable if the public tried to appreciate that, as in people, there are good and bad but unfortunately we can't put muzzles on some folk as much as we would like to!!!!!

For further information please give us a buzz on 01534 742619 or email: gailmalanddogs@hotmail.com

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