H Often, dog owners face the problem of a muzzle: the dog does not want to walk in it. Our goal. teach a four-legged pet to calmly respond to this subject. There are many different ways to teach a dog to muzzle. Our expert Daria Vyshenskaya offers readers one of the most simple and common.
H Let’s start with the fact that a dog should only associate a muzzle with positive or neutral things. Do not wear it on an unaccustomed dog during unpleasant procedures, do not use a muzzle even when you want to punish a pet. This object should be for him something completely scary. It is also important to find a muzzle in which the dog will be comfortable. He should not crush, rub, face. In addition, there are different types of muzzles for different situations. Each of them has its own characteristics: plastic ones are lightweight, convenient for dog training, but not durable in everyday wear; iron is durable, but not suitable for frost and can cause bruises at the owners; Nylon is often rubbed, and closed leather interferes with the normal cooling of the animal, moreover, they are not suitable for hot weather and for training, because the aggressive dog easily eats them and they cease to perform its function. In any case, if you teach a dog to one type of muzzle, you will not have problems when the need arises to use another.
P To teach a pet to a muzzle to gradually.
D Wait for the dog to sniff the muzzle, let her look at him and make sure there is no threat. Do not let her play with him, chew, beat her paw. Wait for the dog to turn away from the muzzle, and give a treat. Go to the next step.
P grow a delicacy in a muzzle so that the dog, if it wants to pick up the treat, had to completely thrust the face into it. Do not put a muzzle on your pet, let it free itself from it! The dog should not see a threat in the muzzle and think: “If I stick my face into this“ something ”, then“ it ”will put on me and will not let go!”
H At this stage, the animal freely sticks its muzzle into a muzzle and takes it out of it, getting a treat through its holes only when the muzzle is in it. At some point, the dog will try to get a treat in other ways: it will pull around the muzzle and try to get a treat without sticking its face inside. Thus, she checks for what actions she can receive a promotion, and for what not. Stick to the rule: the delicacy gets the one whose muzzle muzzle. Do this exercise with your pet until he begins to leave the muzzle in the muzzle for a second or two, waiting for the next treat.
TO When a dog begins to hold a muzzle in a muzzle, it is important to encourage these actions with praise and delicacy. Do not muzzle the dog. let her push her face into him and, if she stays in it longer than a second, give her the next treat at various intervals while she is muzzled.
E If you see that the four-legged calmly remains in a muzzle for 5-7 seconds, you need to fasten it on the pet, quickly give a treat, and immediately unbutton it again. This needs to be done several times. until the dog learns to ignore the click of the buttoned muzzle. Then you need to increase the time of the animal in a buttoned muzzle, occasionally giving food for a quiet stay in the ammunition.
H and in this final stage, you put a muzzle on your pet, check again that he was sitting well, did not press, did not rub, did not rub, and made it difficult for the dog to take it off (you can pass the muzzle strap through the collar) a walk. Most dogs at this stage begin to actively remove their muzzle. It is very important not to let an animal do it! Distract your pet, urging him to go further (“Let’s go, let’s go, go faster!”), Visit places unfamiliar to the dog, go to where there are many different incentives and distracting factors. If the dog is calm and does not try to remove the muzzle, be sure to praise him! You can also sometimes give him a treat for the right behavior. Wait for the moment when the four-legged will be distracted and busy with some important matter for him (smell, branch, toy, other dogs), and only in such a situation, remove the muzzle!
P consecrate several walks to teach a dog to a muzzle, each time increasing the time spent in the ammunition.
AND Remember: if there is a need to muzzle before unpleasant procedures, it is better to do it in advance. It is very important that in the future the dog does not have an association: “Ta-a-ak, they muzzle me. it means that something very bad will happen now! ” After the procedure, give a few simple commands and reward the pet for their correct execution (without removing the muzzle). On the same day, you can still wear a muzzle a couple of times and, if everything is good, encourage the four-legged again, teaching him that the muzzle is worn not only before unpleasant procedures, but also before something good.
H Do not remove the muzzle at the moment when the dog tries to do it yourself! Teach your pet to the fact that the muzzle is removed only if he does not pay any attention to him.
Vyshenskaya Daria, C_№9-2011, Training