It all starts with safety!
Reasons for muzzling:
Reason #1 – Introduction of new pet. Don’t forget this includes seeing whether or not your dog is comfortable with cats, birds, or other family pet.
Reason #2 -Vet.
Reason #3 -Off leash play with supervision.
Reason #4 – Herding breeds around children.
Reason #5 - Police Reason - "low incident" situation. My "biting" ability is not required.
Reason #6 - Police Reason #2 – training.
Reason #7 - Military Reason - I wear a muzzle while I learn to jump out of an airplane. Reason #8 - Military Reason#2 - I wear a muzzle while I learn combat training.
Reason #9 - Sporting/hunting.
Reason #10 - Eating garbage, poop, etc.
Reason #11 - Bat training - socialization
Fear of other Reasons
Fear of men
Fear of woman
Fear of noises - thunder, lightning, gunshots, dropped objects - i.e. training for combat situations.
Fear of hats/hoodies
Fear of children
Fear of fearful dogs - reacting to and dominating them.
Fear of dominant dogs.
Fear of dogs who stare.
Fear of unneutered males.
Reason #12 – Fear of toenail clipping.
Reason #13 - Personal space from children. Teaching children to respect dog’s personal space. Reasons -- see #11.
Reason #14 – Grooming – haircut.
Reason #15 – Greyhound racing.
Reason #16 – Dangerous dog declaration.
Reason #17 – Mandatory breed.
Reason #18 – Mandatory public transportation.
Reason #19 – High prey drive.
Reason #20 – Disaster rescue.
Reason #21 – Search and rescue training.
Reason #22 - Disaster situation – fire, flood, etc. Multiple dogs in one area.
Reason #23 - Health reasons.
Reason #24 - Post surgery.
Reason #25 – Husky mushing.
Reason #26 – Testing (for rehoming or adoption,) if they are cat or other household animal friendly, i.e. bird, ferret, etc.
Reason #27 – Introducing them to barnyard animals.
If you have any other reasons for muzzling that you would like to share, please do so! Let’s educate people and make muzzle fear a thing of the past!
If you would like to share with young children or adults alike, check out this children's book dedicated to reasons for muzzling.