Muzzle Training Your Dog
Get consent for dog muzzle training success!
How to Muzzle Train Your Dog
During all the steps and games listed below, consent will have to be given by the dog at each approximation. If dogs does not give consent, the training process must back up one to two approximations.
All games are played with very slow tiny movements to begin with. Add playful noises and toys to the process if they elicit play and joy in the dog. Use a trail mix of very high value treats. Use known tricks: nose, paw, fetch.
When to Use a Dog Muzzle
Always avoid flooding unless it is a medical emergency (such as seeing Dr. JD, our veterinary behaviorist). If possible use chemical restraint to avoid flooding.
The Nosewich Game
Before you introduce a muzzle to your dog, play the Nosewich Game.
The end result: use your hands to create a muzzle, top hand on top of muzzle, bottom hand cupping chin. This is lured and shaped starting with chin then moving to adding the top hand. The steps of the Nosewich Game training and the finished product are always paired with food treats.
Reward for Looking
Drop the muzzle on floor, give a cookie to your dog for looking at the muzzle.
Dog approaches Muzzle
Dog approaches Muzzle: hold muzzle in your hand with opening facing away from the dog, shape or lure dog to touch with nose and paw. It’s also great if dog picks up muzzle like a toy.
Muzzle approaches dog
Muzzle approaches dog: Use chin behavior from nosewich game and have the muzzle with opening facing away, kiss dog on the nose.
Repeat dog approaches
Turn muzzle so opening is facing dog’s nose, repeat dog approaches muzzle from Step 2.
Repeat muzzle approaches
Turn muzzle so opening is facing dog’s nose, repeat muzzle approaches dog game from Step Three.
Put on the Straps
Add the strapping of the muzzle to your pup while making it a fun game.