Muzzles and Choke Collars
You should only use muzzles and choke collars when absolutely necessary.
There are various kinds of collars displayed in pet stores. There are lots of different types and colors. However, if you have not owned a dog before, you are probably not aware that these collars have unique purposes.
Before buying or choosing the desired collar for your dogs, take the time to read the following tips. Learn the right applications and safety precautions for your dog.
- Use Muzzles only as a last resort. Note that muzzles are just used to keep a dog from biting especially during the veterinary exam.
- You should use a Muzzle only for a short time. A dog should not wear a muzzle for more than 30 minutes.
- Muzzles can cause fatigue in dogs. Note that a muzzle is designed to keep your dog from opening its mouth. In the utmost heat, they open their mouths and breathe hard quickly to stay cool. Hindering your dog from doing this may lead to heatstroke.
- Dogs should never wear a muzzle when sleeping. It can disturb your pet’s breathing and again, it may cause overheating while sleeping.
- Too much use of muzzles can lead to the development of anxiety or fright. Your pet may feel helpless and weak and could act or behave poorly in situations out of fear.
- Choke collars are hazardous. Note that choke collars are designed to cause pain and discomfort when a dog pulls on it. At times it is used as punishment for the “misbehaving” dogs, but it can cause both severe physical and emotional problems to your dog.
- Prong collars are intended to puncture the dog’s neck to correct any unfavorable behavior. Continuous use of prong collars could result in physical harm to your dog.
- Too much use of choke collars and prong collars can lead to immunity to pain. He can have less sensitivity to pain. Keeping your dog on a choke collar or prong collars for a long time can leave scars around his neck. He will become less sensitive to pain as he pulls harder. Put yourself in their place. What would it do to you?
- Using a choke collar can lead to violent behavior. If your dog feels it is in danger by the painful collar around its neck, it will surely react out of fear.
- Choke collars and muzzles can cause not only physical but also emotional aspects as well. It is painful, sometimes creates scars and can surely harm your dog primarily when used as a punishment.
Muzzles and choke collars have different uses. However, as a dog handler, we must be responsible enough to watch out for our dog’s welfare. A lot of dog handlers around the world, either misuse or overuse them, and they end up hurting their pets. If you decide to use muzzles and choke collars, see to it that you have enough understanding of how to use them safely and correctly.
Remember that a gentle touch in your training can make a world of difference.