Preparation

In preparation for this course, you’ll need to arm yourself with the following: 

  • A properly fitted basket muzzle (see next lesson for fitting instructions)
  • High-value food rewards that your dog LOVES, chopped into small pieces or long strips, depending on the exercise
  • A towel or tarp under your workspace (trust me on this one)
  • Optional: a squeeze tube or 60cc syringe filled with wet/sticky food rewards
  • Optional: a clicker – can use verbal marker instead
  • Time
  • Patience

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How often and how long should I be working on this?

Short training sessions are best. 5 minutes, max! If you can do a few each day, you will likely meet your goal in less than 7 days. If your dog is stressed or anxious, you will need to take longer to work through it. 

Repeat each level at least three (3) times before moving onto the next level. This will ensure fluency for both you and your dog. 

The videos are short and misleading in that it looks like it took me 20 minutes total to muzzle-train Salinger, but know that I took my time and worked for days. I continue to repeat some levels to this day because reinforced behaviour gets repeated and I want him to keep his love of the muzzle fresh. 

Take your time and don’t rush it or force it! 

Students will get an early glimpse of my baby belly in the following videos…