A muzzle is essentially like safety furniture for your dog’s face so ergonomics cannot be ignored. It is important that you get a muzzle that is specifically designed for your dog’s breed. However, there are a few other models out there for other dogs with similar structures which may be suited for your little furry buddy. Whatever the case, just make sure to find one whose dimensions and curves match your dog’s to ensure maximum comfort.
Measure your pit bull before you go shopping
Size really does matter when it comes to shopping for the right muzzle for your pitbull. Do not rely on adjustable straps to get to the fit just right. Instead, make sure to measure the specific dimensions required so that you can get the size right. That way, you will not end up with something that is too tight or that rides uncomfortably high on your dog’s face because of the poor fit.
Make sure your pitty can breathe
Remember that you are trying to restrain the dog’s mouth and not to suffocate it. So do not go for anything too crazy in terms of face coverage. Strip and grill designs in this case are ideal as they give your dog room to breathe comfortably. And you would be surprised how much a breath of fresh air would do to turn change your pitbull’s mind about muzzles. So if you have been using a full face mask style of muzzle with no success then this might just be the solution.
Consider ease of feeding
After a while, the whole routine of putting the dog muzzle on and taking it off for feeding will get annoying. It also takes you several steps back on your muzzle training progress. Instead of going through all this, consider models that allow you to easily feed your dog. Some come with removable mouth baskets while others have wide enough grills to pass snacks, eat from bowls and drink water. This will make life a whole lot easier for both you and your dog.
The choice of material matters a lot
When it comes to muzzle shopping for your pitbull, the choice of material determines a whole lot more than just aesthetics and durability. It could just be what stands between you and your dog’s compliance to wearing it. Flexible materials like leather and silicone are great if your pooch is resistant to the stiff and often uncomfortable metal baskets. However, if you really must go with the wire baskets than get something with face padding or an additional mask for the pitbull’s comfort.