I’d like to start this DogBlog by stating that my opinion regarding Reactivity in Dogs, has been moulded through my experience as a Dog Owner AND as a Dog Trainer. Now, depending on which country you reside in. the law in relation to Dogs, Dog ownership and what is acceptable in general as far as Dogs are concerned, will undoubtedly differ. However, as I am in the UK, the law here is what I am familiar with, so I ask that you please bear that in mind if anything I discuss seems different to what you may be familiar with.
The topic of ” Reactive” Dogs, is one which I feel will be debated and discussed and disagreed with until the end of time. I believe that “Reactivity” is a result of over Arousal, and I believe this can be when a Dog is more likely to make the wrong choices in that moment. That said, the same can apply to “Aggression“. There are many types of Aggression, including Fear Aggression and similarly, can also result in the Dog being incorrectly labelled without a Dog Trainer assessing them and helping the owner and Dog, and the Dog being given a one way ticket to the Veterinary Clinic sadly. This is a topic close to my heart, however this DogBlog isn’t about that for now, it’s about being an advocate for your Dog and the general public and their Dogs to keep all as safe as possible.
What’s The Best Muzzle For a Reactive Dog?
If you have a Dog that presents with reactivity, it is your duty to ensure the safety of other people and their pets. No what’s if’s or maybe’s.
So, the first thing to check, is that the Muzzle is going to be fit for purpose. Now that to ME, means that the Dogs teeth have no way of biting a person or pet while they are wearing a Dog Muzzle. (Some Dog Muzzles have big gaps in them that to be honest, In my own opinion, wouldn’t stop a Dog from biting.)
So in my opinion, The Best Muzzle For a Reactive Dog is The Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle. There are two size options available. Click either image to view the product or click Here
This is the very same Dog Muzzle I have for my own Working Line German Shepherd Dog. I can tell you that this Dog Muzzle is an investment in a quality piece of equipment that is durable and definitely fit for purpose.
It has adjustable straps, and one they are fitted comfortably to your Dog and fastened, the Buckle is a Herm Sprenger Buckle, renowned for quality, and this allows you to fit and remove the Dog Muzzle quickly and easily., it also has a reinforced panel in the front. As you can see from the pictures, the Dog has plenty of room to breath, pant and possibly give a treat (if the circumstance permits) and the nose is not touching the end of the Dog Muzzle, so there is no friction to the Dog.
How Do I Measure My Dog For a Muzzle?
It is important that when you are purchasing a piece of equipment like this, that you measure your Dog correctly.
Personally, I measure down the length of his/her nose ( from about 1/2 inch below the eyes) to the tip of the nose and then around the circumference of the Dogs nose again from about 1/2 inch below the eyes. Most Dog Muzzles have adjustable straps for around the back of the head.
Of course, there are many different types of Dog Muzzle on the market today. However, this is simply about the best Dog Muzzle for a reactive Dog. I will address the other types of Dog Muzzle in a later Dog Blog. I hope this has been of help to you.
Here are some more of my favourite Dog Products
Thank you so much for reading my Dog Blogs. I hope you find them really helpful and informative. Here are a few Dog products which I use/have used, as a Dog Trainer and/or Dog Owner that I hope you will also find helpful. These are affiliate links (please refer to my full disclosure throughout my website) therefore if you do use them, I may receive a commission. However, these products are a selection of the products I use with my own Dogs and I have no problem at all in recommending them to likeminded Dog owners. Some of the items you can also see on my YouTube channel like the one above.
Tough Dog Toy – KONG Extreme Dog Toy – I love these so much as I can put my Dogs food in it and freeze it, it becomes a fab way to feed and has so many uses, we even play hide ‘n’ seek with them!
Tough Dog Muzzle – Dingo Gear Dog Training Muzzle – This Dog Muzzle is Tough! It is handmade from leather and has reinforced Muzzle and Herm Sprenger buckle. Make no mistake when I say this is Top Quality. There are different sizes available, however, for my Working Line German Shepherd Dog I have size 2. When the muzzle arrives, it may feel quite stiff, but, bear in mind that leather does get softer with use, just like leather Dog leads, they become more subtle.
Dog Grooming/Bathing – The AquaPaw Pet Bathing Tool. OMG! This Dog Grooming product has been a game changer for me. If you have difficulty when it comes to Bathing your Dog/s, or if you have dexterity issues with your hands (like me, I have arthritis), then this product can make it much easier. I have videos going into detail of how easy this product makes bathing my Dogs. I always recommend this product to anyone and everyone I come across who owns Dogs.
Tick Remover – O’Tom Tick Twister Yeah, those awful pests that can spread disease. TICKS! I live in an area of beautiful countryside in Scotland, however, so do many many thousands of Ticks (and Deer). It’s inevitable that my Dogs will get them, and they do! So, I use this Tick Twister. It doesn’t seem like much, but they are effective. They only thing I would change about them is the size of the handle/grip, but we manage. They are easy to use, it tends to be more of a case of getting the Dog to sit still while we get the Tick that is the biggest problem, not the actual Tick removal! These come in a 2 pack, though the largest of them seems to be easier to use for me. Again, I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing me use these. I think they are a must for every Dog owner.
Health Supplement – Gold Label Brewers Yeast I feed my Dogs a Raw Diet and I endeavour to ensure they are getting all the nutrients etc that they need in their diet. However, regardless of whether it’s Raw or Kibble, there are some vitamins and minerals that are just a tad harder to find than others, and that is why I supplement with Brewers Yeast. It has so many benefits: It’s a natural prebiotic for a healthy gut, recommended as a skin and coat conditioner for show stock, natural source of B group vitamins which are essential for growth and healthy nervous and digestive system.. there are many more benefits, too many to list here. However, I have noticed an improvement in my Dogs condition, especially one which is on long term sterodial medication, so I intend to keep adding it to their food. (The 300g tubs last ages!)
Dog Cage – Ellie – Bo Dog Cage I know the use of Dog cages/crates is always likely to be a contentious one in the Dog owning world, however I do believe it’s a personal choice, and there are many reasons as to why someone may choose to use a Dog cage. All that aside, there are 2 main brands of Dog cages I use. First up is Ellie – Bo. I have a huge Dog cage in the house for my working line Gsd to sleep in, and that is an Ellie – Bo Dog cage, It has been a great Dog cage. I’ve had it for a fair few years now and it sure has given me my monies worth. I recently purchased an Ellie – Bo Dog Cage cover for it, and it fits absolutely spot on. I can’t fault it at all. I love the products and love the Brand. The second brand of Dog Cage I use is Savic. For many many years I used Savic Dog cages in my vehicles. They are the most robust, sturdy cage I had come across on the market at the time, in terms of foldable portable Dog cages go, and they fitted my Dogs at that time and my vehicles with ease. I used to tether them to the anchor points in the boot of my vehicles so they were secure, and they didn’t move. they may cost a few quid more, but they are so worth it in my view, especially if they are going in a vehicle. ( Although there are specific companies that manufacture cages etc to fit in vehicles, I am simply talking about foldable cages here, in this Dogblog) These are just a few of my current fav’s that I’d like to share with you, I thank you for reading my DogBlog. To view some of my current recommendations, check out my other DogBlogs here!
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