She is a toy schnauzer named Sophie and is agressive todwards strangers. I don't think it's fair that she has to stay at home all the time while her siblings can go to the dog park and play with other dogs just because she wasn't trained properly. I want her to be able to do the fun things and go to the dog park with with us, but I can't risk her biting people. So she wears a vest that says, "don't pet me" and "I bite" plus a basket muzzle that allows her to pant and drink.
I could just use the vest, but we all know damn well some people are utterltly stupid and try pet your dog without permission. Even if they are wearing a harness or vest with explicit warnings on it. And if she bites someone whether she has the vest with warnings written all over it or not she will be the one punished for it, having to be put down. So I say it's better to be safe than sorry.
She honestly is such a sweetheart, but she's just unsure and fearful of strangers.
What's your take on the matter?
- Is think it's crule and or abusive, you're a bad owner.
- It's not crule, you do what you have to to ensure your dogs safety.
- It depends how it's used, what it's used for, and how long she's forced to wear it.
Most Helpful Girls
If used in order to ensure her safety and the safety of others, then it’s absolutely not cruel. Basket muzzles least of all, since they don’t limit her from almost anything apart from biting. It’s a really good choice. If used well, a muzzle is the opposite of cruel, and can save your pup’s life. The only cruelty here in my opinion is that she wasn’t given a proper opportunity to develop social skills, and the fact that she has to stay isolated because of it. My rescue dog has socialisation problems as well, and I absolutely understand where you’re coming from. As long as she is safe and the muzzle isn’t harming her and is being used only when needed, you’re absolutely doing the right thing. Do what you have to to keep her safe, and don’t be discouraged by what your mother says. Your dog is really cute, I bet she’s super sweet with her family! Good luck, I hope everything works out 😊
No, not only is it for the safety of people around the dog it’s for their own benefit as well. If they bite someone out of fear or aggression they’ll often have to be put down.
I soft muzzle one of my dogs when we’re in social situations (not out for walks or with family, but to the markets or the beach). She’s not usually an aggressive dog but she is incredibly fearful of strangers and other dogs and because she’s small, fluffy and cute 99% of people think it’s ok to just pat her or pick her up 😐 because it scares her she snaps and if she got anyone especially a child she’d be in trouble so we prevent it on our end.
It’s not cruel, it’s not pleasant and it’s frustrating but so is leaving her at home all the time
Most Helpful Guys
Its better for the dog to be muzzled than destroyed when it bites someone. I assume she needs it from your post and in a lot of ways it can be a positive. Keeping both the dog and their owner calm.