Owners with aggressive dogs may need to muzzle their dogs until their aggression issues are dealt with. Recognizing that your dog may have an aggression issue is the sign of a responsible owner. You may want to consider a dog or puppy muzzle. Do not feel guilty! Aggressive dogs can be a huge liability and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Dog & Puppy Muzzle Tips
- Do not buy a cloth muzzle
- Wire muzzles are ideal. Dog should still have room to pant, eat, drink with the muzzle on (see video above).
- Avoid dog parks if your dog has aggression issues. Your dog being aggressive towards other dogs can cause those other dogs to become aggressive too.
- Consider contacting a professional to evaluate and train your dog if they are aggressive.
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I got a new puppy he is 10 weeks old now (Standard Poodle) , and twice the size of my bichon frise that is 2 years old. The puppy plays and barks at my older dog and he gets his ear in his mouth and swings him around really hard like he’s trying to rip off his ear but his tail is wagging like its a game. I say no and intervene each time and my poodle will lay down and let it go but as soon as I turn my back he lunges again playfully playing but hurting my bichon, he even darts after the cat and gets her in his mouth. Its a game to him even tho the other pets yelp and cry. I have him on a leash and pull saying uh uh and he will lay down but he is so persistent and is always darting constantly and I feel that I I correcting him every time he is out with the others. I don’t think I am communicating correctly with him, or maybe I’m sending mixed messages to him because he is a smart boy he has never had a potty accident in the house, he does the sit command, go to your place, lay down, and shake. So I know he is capable of understanding but still sees it as a game. Does this mean that he has aggression? Please help me learn how to better teach him! Thank you!
I have a 2 yo 40lb boxer mix. She is so sweet, full of energy but does not like to share food. She attacks myou 4 yo 60lb lab mix. When we are out for a walk she is fine with the lab but if another dog comes up she attacks it no matter how big or small and then she attacks my lab. I have no idea what to do. It seems to be getting worse. She even does it at Pet Smart.
Hi Michele, aggression is a very complex issue and if your dog is attacking other animals, then you need to hire and work closely with a professional dog behaviorist in your area. Aggression is not something an average pet owner has the tools or experience to handle on their own. I advise you to place a muzzle on your dog anytime she may come into contact with other animals. Also avoid taking her into situations that you know will cause stress or fear such as taking her into a pet store as you mentioned doing.