pocketpit wrote:I start by teaching a positive association with the muzzle being put on by placing a treat inside the muzzle and asking the dog to put his face into it and retrieve his treat of his own accord. Once the dog is eagerly stuffing his face into the muzzle we then work on wearing it for a second or two at a time followed by a treat or play time. You build on the time and then I proceed to asking for a step forward with it followed by it's removal and reward time. As long as the dog is enjoying themself and not showing any stress about wearing the muzzle you simply as another step and then another, etc building up the distance you are able to walk while wearing it.
Thanks pocketpit. That is along the lines of what I was thinking. I will admit I am a little hesitant to do much muzzle work out and about and even in my neighborhood, but I guess I just gotta suck it up and do it.
I got the Jafco muzzle because it was recommended by my trainer. He's gotten them for a few bulldogs before so I trust his judgment. I will get a leather muzzle for Dylan later if we ever make it as far as the muzzle attack.
furever_pit wrote:Why did it upset you so much? Did Riggs just really hate the muzzle?
The whole "Pit Bull In A Muzzle" thing. Totally unreasonable emotional response, but I couldn't even look at him in it. I used to leave the room when they were working Connor in the muzzle, and he didn't have a problem with it in the least.
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