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5 Types of Dog Muzzles

April 7, 2022

Many  dogs have a cheerful, docile character and are very friendly with people, other dogs, and animals. But, for a variety of reasons, some dogs’ behavior requires management with a muzzle. This prevents them from doing harm to other animals, people, or themselves.  Some states have breed-specific legislation that regulate certain dog breeds.   

A muzzle is not a treatment, it’s a tool. While we can manage a behavior problem with a muzzle, the muzzle will not resolve the origins of the behavior you are attempting to correct or prevent. 

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5 Types of Dog Muzzles


The muzzle is a complement to educating a dog in an attempt to correct an unwanted behavior and should not be relied on as a permanent solution to behavior problems. The American Kennel Club stresses the importance of using them only under supervision and for short periods of time.

  1. Basket muzzle

At first glance, the shape of this muzzle is startling, as it completely covers a dog’s mouth, but it is very safe as it prevents the dog from biting. Basket type muzzles are amont the most recommended. They are typically made from different materials such as wire, leather, silicon, biothane or plastic. It is important to note that, although the dog's mouth will be completely covered, it will be able to carry out its basic needs such as: drinking water or breathing. Dogs should not be in these muzzles for longer than 60 minutes. 

  1. Occlusion muzzle

This type of muzzle completely prevents the dog from opening its mouth. They are usually made from fabric such as a nylon sleeve or mesh with a tube shape that is very adaptable to the size of a dog’s mouth. Occlusion muzzles completely wrap around a dog’s mouth, preventing it from opening its mouth to drink water or pant. Wearing this type of muzzle for extended periods of time my cause your dog extreme discomfort and distress - especially if it’s being applied to an already anxious dog. For this reason this muzzle is used for very short periods of time 1-5 minutes. It is not advisable to have the dog wear it for extended periods of time. 

  1. Short snout muzzle

Short snout muzzles are designed for dogs whose muzzles are too small for basket or occlusion muzzles. It is usually made of breathable mesh and designed as a mask that covers the entire face while leaving a comfortable snout opening.  This design allows  short nose dogs to breathe easily and pant comfortably while preventing biting or barking.

  1. Halti muzzle

This muzzle is mostly used to educate a dog, also called the brake muzzle. The muzzle works in order to get the dog's attention so that it can understand when it’s behaving poorly such as pulling on the leash.  Gently pulling back on the muzzle teaches the dog to pay attention to you. This muzzle is a bit different in that it allows the dog to open its mouth and a lot of people consider it a head collar instead of a muzzle. 

  1. DIY muzzle

Muzzles are often needed for a short period of time once in a dog’s life. Facing injury or an emergency, it may be necessary to muzzle your dog to ensure it’s safety. You can create your own temporary muzzle using fabric or gauze.

Change is hard for anyone, but especially dogs.  Using a muzzle for the first time may be stressful and unsettling to them. Wearing the muzzle for shorter periods of time in familiar environments in which they feel safe and comfortable will make the transition less stressful for you and your dog. LIttle by little they will feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed with it on.  Be sure to practice wearing the muzzle at home before exposing them to new environments and other dogs or people.

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