Next, we’ll work on conditioning your dog to a basket muzzle which is commonly used in the grooming and veterinary world if the professional is uncertain about the dog’s bite history, the dog is in pain, or the dog is likely to bite. 

WARNING: a muzzle is a fabulous tool for preventing the bite, but we have to work on the root of the problem, rather than slap a bandaid (a muzzle) on it and “just get the job done”. This is fine in an emergency, but let’s look long-term and help your dog get comfortable with the handling so that they don’t necessarily need a muzzle. 

To delve deeper into muzzle training for your dog, join our course called “Muzzle Training” which is available to you as a student of Handle with Care!