“ Manufacturer: Pets at Home / Type: Dog Equipment „
My boyfriend's black labrador Evie is a little sweetheart when she's at home with us and she's fine with the other dogs and she absolutely adores my daughter! She's generally well behaved on her walks, too - she's always the first to come back when called and she is a sociable dog who is usually fine with people and other dogs on her walks. That is, until a dog comes up close to me or Marc - and if that happens, she goes for the throat.
I've got no idea why she's like this (over protective?!) as none of our other dogs are at all aggressive, but to me it is obvious that she is a danger to other dogs and possibly strangers. There is a dog - called Peppa - where we live, who is notoriously nasty as it (apparently) took another dog's eye out, and I really do not want Evie to become the next Peppa!! My boyfriend kept telling me she is fine and that we should just put her on her lead whenever another dog is in the field, but after a particullary scary and embarrissing incident a few weeks ago when she was on her lead and another dog approached us, I decided that we definitely needed a muzzle!
I didn't, and still don't know much about muzzles, and so I decided to have a quick look on the pet's at home website to see which muzzles they had in stock and to see what information was available. After settling on a muzzle I popped into my local pet's at home (I refuse to pay delivery fees when I live 10mins from a pets at home!), and after a quick chat, I was reccommended this muzzle (different to the one that I had initially decided on) by one of the sales assistants. I explained my worries that Evie would be able to get the muzzle off by using her arms (she's a really clever dog!) and the sales assistant assured me that the muzzle is secure and explained to me how it works and how to put it on to the dog correctly.
I paid £8.99 for this muzzle which considering that we will be using it everyday is a bargain in my opinion! The muzzle comes in a grey cardboard packet which is very informative and it gives the consumer all of the information needed. There's a picture of a spaniel 'modelling' the muzzle, which was handy as it gave me a good idea of how it would look/fit on Evie. The size of the muzzle is stated clearly on the packaging. Sizes available range from XS to XXL and the muzzle circumference is listed in both cm and inches, meaning that it is a good idea to measure around your dogs muzzle (1 inch below his/her eyes, around the snout) before buying a muzzle because it is pointless getting a size too big or small!
I got the large for Evie as I followed Pets at Home's breed size guide and although it's a little tight even when adjusted, I'd rather it be tight than loose and it does not dig into her skin or anything like that. The muzzle is quite simply designed. It's a cone shaped piece of nylon with one end bigger than the other. The larger end has a strap attatched to it and you simply slip the 'cone' over the dogs muzzle and fasten it with the attachable clip behind the dog's head. To my suprise, Evie was good as gold and let me put this on her without trying to escape, although once it was on, she went a bit nutty and started rolling around lol, however once distracted by putting her collar and lead on she calmed down and was quite happy to go for a walk wearing it!
I was a little worried that the muzzle may stop Evie from being able to breathe properly, but she is absolutely fine and the soft, smoothe nylon material does not rub on her fur, nor does it irritate her/mark her fur. I was also worried it would prevent her from being able to sniff things on her walk as she loves sniffing grass, trees, bushes.. and so on! This does not cover her nose at all though - it sits just above the snout, so it doesn't interefer with her sense of smell which is good. Although it keeps her from being able to open her mouth completely, she's still able to stick her tounge out and nibble, so unfortunetly this doesn't stop her from eating fox & cat poo!
Although I am impressed with this muzzle due to how well Evie has adapted to it and how effective it is, I wish there was a wider range of colours available. There are only black ones available which is fine with Evie as she's a black labrador so it is barely noticeable from a distance, however if for whatever reason my yellow labrador or white and grey husky would need one of these, the black would be very prominant and people would probably get a negative impression of the dogs with the muzzle being so obvious. This is a very minor disadvantage though and it does not effect my rating of the product.
This muzzle has really helped me put my mind at rest when walking Evie and she is able to run and play with the other dogs, rather than being kept on a tight leash with me walking around the field worrying if a dog will appear at any second! I do still put her on her lead when another dog appears as the muzzle doesn't stop her from snarling, but she is unable to do any damage with this on, thankfully. I also find that the muzzle comes in handy when my daughter is at floor level (eg on her playmat/in her bouncer or bumbo), as although Evie is fine with her, I'd never forgive myself if she did snap; it's better to be safe than sorry and after seeing a nasty streak, I'm not going to risk it!!
Cleaning the muzzle is easy, I usually use wet wipes but on the couple of occassions that it's got very muddy, I simply let it soak in the sink and it dried within two days. Overall, I give the muzzle five out of five stars and I reccomend it.
Recently my Malinois developed an abcess on her back paw.
She was okay when it firs develped but by the evening she was holding her paw up and would now not let me near her paw to look at it.
She was in such pain from it that she was growling when I touched it.
When she got to the vets she was still the same and it was becoming increasingly difficult to treat her as the vet could not look into the paw well enough. The dog was spinning around growling as the pain was too much for her.
The Vet recommended we put a muzzle on her not to prevent her biting as it had become evident that she was not going to bite but the Vet informed me that if she had a muzzle on sh would be thinking of other things and give him time to look at her paw.
It was easy to put this muzzle on and the Mali accepted it well. It is made of a lovely soft material so it oesnt rub the dog and fots the nose nicely. It also has a clip around the back of the head to be able to secure it easily and quickly.
sure enough the dog was too interested as to what was on her nose that we did not hear a thing out of her while the vet examined her. I had never though about using a muzzle before as I presumed they were just for agressive dogs but there are so many different uses for them. Keeping the dogs mind elsewhere meant we could look a the paw and it was treated easily ans correctly.
Excellent item and I have one now in case the need arises in the future
A quick story about my dog, and why we thought we needed this muzzle.
We bought our dog from the dogs home when he was a puppy. We set out initially to get a goldfish and a whole load of palaver and a long story later we came home with a dog! The dogs home told us that he was a border terrier which we thought wouldn't be too bad considering they are only small dogs. We immediately fell in love with this tiny puppy. A month later we came to realise that our dog (at one month old) was twice the size of a border terrier. In a rather sheer panic I rang the dog's home and she told me that the dog was a lurcher! How they could have had this mix up i will never know?! This became a huge problem for us as my daughter was only 1 at the time and we didn't want a huge dog in the house. We were initially going to sell him, but when the man came to see him, we decided we just couldn't part with him; he was already a part of the family.
With this huge and still growing dog, taking up a lot of room and time we did encounter some problems. The main problem we had was his chewing habit. In a month he managed to chew a book case and a couch. He would just chew chew and chew! All of my daughter's teddy bears had to be kept upstairs and still, he managed to get through a few of those! I was coming to the end of my tether with him! The worst time was when we were in bed, we heard a deafening bang and whine coming from down stairs, after sprinting downstairs to see what the commotion was about, I discovered that he had actually chewed through an electric cable and electrocuted himself. Fortunately after a long night at the vets, he was fine, but something had to be done.
The next day I took a trip to pets at home after being advised by the vets to get a muzzle. This isn't something I wanted to do, but the way my dog was going, I had no choice but to get him one. When we got to pets at home I saw a selection of different muzzles. The pets at home brand came in 3 different sizes, small, medium and large. It was plainly packaged but for a muzzle what can you expect. For my dog still being a pup I got the medium.
The muzzle its self is a plain black design which has a sleeve to fit over the dog's snout, but it still has a hole near the mouth and nose area to allow dogs to breathe and drink. It then goes round the back of the dogs head and has a clip to hold it in place. I have to say when I first put it on my dog I didn't like the look of it. It made him look like a vicious dog, which he really isn't, he's a big fluffy softy. My dog never liked it either, he has these sad eyes that make you feel so guilty, but there was nothing i could do, we had already tried dog training spray and that didn't work for him.
The muzzle is adjustable so it can fit different dog sizes that fit in to the small, medium or large category, which ever you decide to buy. The muzzle is also made out of nylon, even though my dog didn't like wearing it, it never seemed to irritate him. Muzzles aren't just used for chewing, they can also be used to prevent, nuisance barking and aggression.
This muzzle did the job for us; I found it very durable considering my dog would constantly try pulling it off with his paws. We would only put it on him at night time and when we left the house and he never chewed a thing since then. As an extra precaution we did turn all of the plug sockets of before we left him unsupervised.
Luckily for us he stopped chewing when he was 6 months old so since then we have been able to enjoy him without him ruining our home. He is a proper little part of the family, hes definately got his feet under the table, my daughter adores him and he adores her, he is so protective of her, we couldn't have asked for more from our dog, and this muzzle definitely helped us on the way to where we are now.
Breed Size Guide:
Extra Small 18-20cm (7-8in) - Bichon Frise, Small Terriers and Sheltie;
Small 20-22cm (8-9in) - Terriers, Jack Russell and Westie;
Medium 22-26cm (9-10.5in) - Springer Spaniel, Border Collie and Beagle;
Large 26-30cm (10.5-12in) - Labrador, Dalmatian, Doberman and Airdale;
Extra Large 30-35cm (12-14in) - Bull Mastiff, Rottweiler, Newfoundland and German Shepherd;
Extra Extra Large 35-40cm (14-16in) - Great Dane, Leonberger and St Bernard.
I would definitely recommend this muzzle; it's great for any dog of any size with any problem. This costs £ 6.99 at pets at home, which is a great price to pay to save the life of your furniture!
I would just like to point out for those who had already made a judgement about my dog, he is not dangerous and a muzzle isn't always used for the reasons you may think.
I own a Labrador, for those of you who own dogs and know this breed; you have probably already worked out why I have bought this item. Not because the dog I own is a dangerous dog but because Labradors are living, breathing hoovers. Basically they eat or even just chew and mouth everything.
I have had to stop my dog from eating all sorts, radiator caps, chewing gum, sticks, any food imaginable, flowers, poop (anything's but his own)! So for those of you that don't know, the Labrador is a loveable, loyal breed, good with people and dogs alike. The only little problem is this eating everything business.
After a few trips to the vets and constant worms I decided enough was enough, we took the dog to Pets At Home and originally I wanted to buy a halti (looks like a muzzle but is just a strap), we tried it on, he could still open his mouth completely (no good !)
I really wanted the muzzle to be the last option, I love dogs, if I saw a dog in the street I didn't know, I would not approach it, I would walk past and carry on, if it was a dog that came up to me and the owner said it was ok, I would stroke it and make a fuss, if it was off the lead and came anywhere near me, I would presume it to be ok, or less why would it be off the lead?
If I saw a dog with a muzzle it wouldn't faze me but people, especially those cautious of dogs anyway, judge immediately and I didn't want to put my dog in the position where people would a) label him, b) avoid him and c) cause a fuss (because he is usually off lead in the park).
Thankfully for me the muzzle is black (so is the dog) so you really don't notice it on him until up close. The muzzle comes in a plastic box with a picture of it on a dog, on the front. The muzzles come in different sizes which vary in size and price. I chose large, even though my dog is still a puppy (technically) because there was a Labrador on the front of the box.
We tried the muzzle on him in the shop, it is ever so slightly big but it is fine. The muzzle itself is made up on one strap, and a piece of material (it almost looks like an icing bag), it's a cone, with one end having a smaller opening than the other.
The muzzle works by putting it round the dogs snout, the larger end is the end you need to place over their nose and then put it on until it is as far as it goes, the strap then detached, has an attachable clip and you clip this together over the back of the dogs head. It is really easy to work out and very easy to out on.
It doesn't look uncomfortable but I would suggest trying it on your dog before buying it, because if it's the wrong size you won't know until it's on, it might be too big, meaning the nose could come too far out the end, or the larger end could come up to and even over the eyes.
My dog does not like this at all, he rolls around on the floor and tries to get it off, and once he has managed to get it so it was off his mouth and hanging round his neck. I would suggest making sure it isn't too tight, but tight enough. I had this slightly loose, not anymore.
If I'm completely honest it has deterred him from eating and even chewing certain things as I get it out and show him, it has become more of a threat now, and if he plays up, I put it on for a while so he knows I mean business. I hate putting it on because I feel really mean but it's for his own safety.
He looks like Hannibal lector and it makes me laugh, he gets all sulky when he has it on and remains so when it comes off too.
This item (in large) cost me £8.99 from Pets At Home. It was worth it, I just don't like people worrying and running away, I don't want people to think my dog is dangerous, he is just a friendly lump and a muzzle really can give the wrong impression, but for those of you with Labradors you know, they eat EVERYTHING!
I'm not defending myself, i'd just like to add this paragraph, my dog is my number one, he is a cheeky puppy but is treated well and spoilt rotten. This review is not about me abusing or upsetting my dog with a muzzle, it is more about the product and helping him learn not everything is good to eat. The last thing I want is my dog to eat rat poison or something worse and end up dead. In terms of threatening my dog with the muzzle, I show him it, there is no nastiness behind it. It's a learning curve.