Q&A: Should i put a dog muzzle on my dog?

Question by Cutie: i put a on my dog?
My dog barks all the time even the neighbors are complaining.
I give my dog lots of attention so its not that…. its when ever someone walks by the house or every time she is out side, but it has nothing to do with the attention cuz we give lots, she is also a . so should we put a muzzle on her?

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Answer by BunnuvaSitch
No. She can still make noise with a muzzle on. How about more exercise and training? “Attention” alone doesn't cut it.

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This video clip shows how to muzzle a dog with an impromptu muzzle. My DOGSAFE demo dog, Monty, is a willing participant and has learned to love being muzzled because that's when the liver treats appear! NOTE: Always monitor your dog's temperature to avoid overheating and your safety is always a priority when working with and dogs.
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    • Alison Henry
    • July 27, 2012

    lol his eyes at the end, he looks so embarrassed! ^.^

    • dogsafevideos
    • July 27, 2012

    but Monty knows he gets liver treats right after so worth it!

    • dogsafevideos
    • July 26, 2012

    Lots of practice … and is very helpful because then he won’t be as stressed if he needs it for real in the future.

    • Ellie
    • July 26, 2012

    Go with Suki’s and Mel’s answers. I would add that another way to help her realize that barking is not allowed is not to let her do what she wants to do…move forward. Walk her on a lead (you DO walk her, of course). As soon as she starts barking, turn and walk in the other direction (not forward, as she would prefer). Be VERY consistent…do it every time she barks at another dog. Allow her to get close enough to greet the other dog (if safe) is she does not over-vocalize–the ultimate reward for quiet behavior.

    DO walk her on a lead. An element in front-yard-barking is boredom and pent-up energy. Whatever exercise she is getting in your yard is NOT enough, and she knows every nook and cranny of that static environment.

    Muzzles are for protection against biting, and have nothing to do with barking.

    While “alerting” is part of the pom’s job, it can be controlled through consistent training. She CAN learn that 1-3 barks are OK (she’s done her job); more is not acceptable.

    • Mel G
    • July 26, 2012

    I personally wouldn’t use the muzzle for barking. Its just a quick fix, and if your dog is barking that much, you would need to have the muzzle on all the time, which is cruel.

    I would suggest looking into clicker training, or something along those lines.

    The short version of clicker training, is when the dog does something good, you click, and they learn that’s good, and they get a treat. So in your case, when she sees someone and doesn’t bark, she gets a treat, or, she barks, you say “quiet!” or “shh” and when she stops barking, she gets a treat.

    You may have to ask a few friends if they would mind helping you, so you can control the situation at 1st.

    This method will take some work though, so you’ll have to be willing to put the effort.

    Good luck

    • RitchWilliams
    • July 26, 2012

    What Bunnuva said, but you need to realize that what you describe is what Pomeranian were bred to do.

    From the description of the dog:

    “Pomeranians are typically a very friendly and lively breed of dog. They love to be around their owners and are known to be protective of them. They bond quickly with their owners, and can suffer from separation anxiety if not trained to spend time alone. Pomeranians are alert and aware of changes in their environment and barking at new stimuli can develop into a habit of barking excessively in any situation. They are somewhat defensive of their territory and will thus bark when they encounter any outside noises. Pomeranians are intelligent dogs, respond well to training, and can be very successful in getting what they want from their owners.”

    How many times did you see ‘barking’ in there. Training a Pom not to bark is like training a Labrador to not like the water. Can’t be done.

    • Suki.92
    • July 26, 2012

    I would say have some treats with you that she might enjoy and everytime she barks call her to your attention and give her like a signal such as “silence” or “look” so that she can focus on you and stop barking. When she focuses on your for a few seconds you can be like “good girl” and give her a treat for following the silence command. It may not fix it properly but you can always train your dogs to stop barking when need be

    • Erin
    • July 26, 2012

    If you leave a muzzle on your dog to stop barking you will also eliminate the dogs ability to cook himself and be considered cruelty. If you are having barking issues try a bark control collar. They have ones that make a high pitched noise so whenever the nix hears the bark it whistles to stop the dog. So you don’t have to get a shock collar. Although shock collars work too.

    • greygarious
    • July 26, 2012

    No. A muzzle that is tight enough to prevent barking is dangerous, as it also prevents panting, which the dog needs to cool itself. Not to mention that the dog will still be able to make loud muffled barks.

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