Do you consider dog muzzles to be cruel?

Some people thinks it's animal abuse if you put a muzzle on a dog. My mother thinks it's cruel, but I don't have a choice because my mother never socilize her like I told her to at a young age. Therefore she's fearfull of strangers. The only "socialization" she's recieved was from groomers and doctors with needles.

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?Do you consider dog muzzles to be cruel?Do you consider dog muzzles to be cruel?
  • Is think it's crule and or abusive, you're a bad owner.
    Vote A
  • It's not crule, you do what you have to to ensure your dogs safety.
    Vote B
  • It depends how it's used, what it's used for, and how long she's forced to wear it.
    Vote C
Select age and gender to cast your vote:
I'm a GirlI'm a Guy
Updates:
7 d ago
Okay, I see a lot of people saying "get her a trainer." Well what a great idea!🤦‍♀️ My mom definitely hasn't already tried that a million times before.

1|1
1623

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 😊

    4|0
    0|0
  • 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

    1|0
    0|0
    • 7 d ago

      Some people seem woefully uneducated on anxious pets. It’s not just training, it’s an ingrained response to anything they’re scared of. I’ve had Allie for almost 8 years, we’ve spent thousands of dollars on trainers, behavioural specialists and dog whisperers. She’s just scared of strangers and with where she came from it’s understandable. Why keep trying to force her into situations that make her uncomfortable when she’s happy the way she is and muzzling her doesn’t 2-3 times a month doesn’t stress her out 🤷🏻‍♀️

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.

    1|0
    0|0
  • I'll put it to you this way, they put muzzles on human beings when they're crazy, meaning they can't control their behavior, and a dog is the same way, only you can teach it otherwise

    2|1
    0|0
    • 7 d ago

      That's true. They put masks on prisoners to keep them from spitting or biting, so why not on dogs to keep them from biting?

    • 7 d ago

      Best reply yet.

Recommended Questions

Have an opinion?

What Girls & Guys Said

1421
  • I think it depends on the species of the dog and also on how comfortable the dog is to domestic discipline. Some dogs might be uncomfortable wearing them but if the dog is at risk of biting another creature whether human or animal - the safety of others is more important than the dog's happiness. I have a lot of love and compassion for dogs but I'm not wiling to sacrifice the health of human beings for the comfort of a house pet.

    1|0
    0|0
    • 7 d ago

      Dogs are of one species, canis lupus (meaning wolf).. I think what you meant to say breed.
      But I agree

  • Why would anyone think protecting their dog and other people’s safety and being a responsible dog owner is abusive?

    1|0
    0|0
    • 7 d ago

      I don't know, some people in the comment section say otherwise. Someone even said just to put her down instead of just using a muzzle. Keeping in mind she 10 lbs.

  • I feel bad for the Dog, it does signify Bad Owner!!! Have you thought of trying a Dog Behaviorist Trainer? It's worth a shot.

    0|0
    3|0
    • 7 d ago

      Yes, my mother is an irresponsible owner, but it's far too late for a trainer. They've already tried that on multiple occasions to use a trainer and it never works. She has 3 other siblings and as soon as she gets home from her training she immediately reverts back to her ways. Basically it's like throwing 1,000 dollars in the trash.

    • 6 d ago

      Using a muzzle on a dog doesn't signify a "bad owner." If anything I'd concide it responsible.

      An irresponsible owner would know their dog is agressive but, let you into their house say something, "it's okay my dog is friendly" knowing damn well their dog has betten people in the past.

      Insuring the safety of others is above my dogs comfort. If it keeps her and everyone around us safe then I'll take it.

  • First off SEND YOUR MOM TO THE TRAINER, she is the owner and is responsible for the correct training and socialisation of her dog, As for Sophie she's more afraid than aggressive, she can still be socialised just go steady and introduce people to her slowly somewhere she feels safe, until you're confidant that she's happy meeting other people keep using the muzzle and the vest.
    People like your mom make me want to spit bricks, If she'd taken the time to train and socialise Sophie properly the muzzle would not be necessary, I've owned 2 dogs (1 dog. 1bitch) neither of which needed a muzzle and were rarely on a leash unless the situation warranted it (passing through parks or farmland).
    Owning any pet is like raising a child if you don't want to put in the effort don't bother having the child or the pet.

    1|0
    0|0
    • 6 d ago

      Right! I have never owned a dog in my entire life that required a muzzle. Mine were socilized since day one by me. This is just what happends when lazy irresponsible people get pets.

  • No. There are muzzles that are ergnomic and do not bother the Dog. It's only cruel if the owner has no clue how the use muzzles on dogs and which one fits best.
    The Dog still can interact with other dogs, like smelling other dogs butts.
    Its better than putting your dog to sleep forever just because an asshole child provoked it into biting it's face off.

    1|0
    0|0
  • Not if you are taking them to the vet.

    My dogs are so sweet but snap at strangers because they were rescue dogs and are scared by those they do not know.

    Im not about to let them attack someone from trying to get them to have their yearly checkups

    1|0
    0|0
  • It depends, if it's used on a dog who has bitten before it fits correctly and is only used in public then I can accept it. Muzzling dogs based on breed or for the sake of it then no, that is animal abuse.

    1|0
    0|0
  • Its not cruel. If your dog bites someone, then you have to put him down
    Thats a lot crueler. I would just walk my dog in places where there aren't a lot of people or other dogs
    Poor little guy

    1|0
    0|0
  • If she can't handle the dog, she needs to simply give him/her up. Seriously. What she is doing are neglect and abuse. Muzzle or not aside.

    1|0
    0|0
  • Some dog breeds chew up everything in site including your furniture. So it's either muzzle them at night or have your furniture turned into tinder.

    1|0
    0|0
  • Okay so I'm bypassing the muzzle because, depends. It's a tool; if used correctly it is an effective aid for a time. Dogs crave discipline and engagement. They're like happy little soldiers, give me something to do sarge. They'll take "conditioning" with relish.

    Firm but fair. A dog needs a steady hand at the end of the line. Anyway, have you really tried leaning in to the bites? That's the classic method. It's really no big deal, they bite and you give them more to bite until they don't wanna. Be gentle but firm and reliable. This action will yield this result. It's uncomfortable for them and if you were aggressive it would be frightening. It shows them that it actually can put them in a threatened position by biting people. Which is true

    Your dog's actual life is in danger if he bites another person. Maybe not that little guy; America might crowdfund a hitman for anyone hurting a little bupper like that.

    1|0
    0|0
  • If people trained their dogs properly , they wouldn't need them

    1|0
    0|0
  • Actually getting a trainer would be cruel a lot of trainers actually harm dogs. Muzzles are completely fine and in my opinion some dogs are like sharks with legs and I don’t feel comfortable being near some dogs. I also love it when some douchebag wig a huge ass pit bull hasn’t his dog without a leash and without muzzle and just tells me if you don’t annoy it it won’t bite and like I fucking know what angers your dog bro

    0|0
    0|0
  • YES!! I never even used a leash on any of my dogs and they stayed with me all the time. It's how you train them!

    0|0
    3|0
  • I choose C. With enough training and positive re-enforcement a dog can be reintroduced so that it isn’t fearful. Just takes a lot of patience and love

    0|0
    0|0
  • No. I think it's cruel to keep large dogs in cramped areas.

    1|0
    0|0
  • Not all dogs are the same. They have characters too. If your dog, like mine by the way, is shy of making new friendships and play with other dogs without getting aggressive then you are doing the right thing. You provide her with her walk and fun, and keep her safe at the same time. To me it has the same value as putting a dog on a leash. I was reluctantly at first and told my mom I'd like her to be free to run and explore and she told me it is for her safety, and not to restrain her. It's the same. Safety. Not restrain.

    1|0
    0|0
  • As someone who's afraid of big dogs since I was attacked by one as a kid, these things are a godsend. Without them I would be constantly switching to to the other side of the road

    1|0
    0|0
  • "C" Cocky Move and Groove to Keep the Dog from BITING!!! xxoo

    0|0
    0|0
  • No, what's cruel is a dog attacking an innocent person

    1|0
    0|0
  • No, it's fine. If you can't train your dog to not bite then it needs a muzzle.

    1|0
    0|0
  • Well... if it's too tight. But if a dog like that is without a muzzle it might be cruel for someone else...

    1|0
    0|0
  • I think she needs Dog Whisper. She is a beautiful dog
    i would love to have a dog like her.

    1|0
    0|0
  • Never used one, but I know of some people that should wear one 24/7!

    1|0
    0|0
  • Take that crap off.

    1|0
    3|0
  • I wish we put them on people.

    1|1
    0|0
    • 7 d ago

      I wish we could too

    • Show All
    • 7 d ago

      I live in a gated community and if you recieve noise complaints you have to pay a fine, and the fine goes up every time there's incident. My mom has 5 dogs, as soon as one even growls they all start barking non stop. They wake up the entire neighborhood because they just feed off echothers bad behavior.

      If you've ever owned a schnauzer EXPECIALLY the miniture ones, you'd know they're practically known for barking bc they're gard dogs. Getting them trained would probally be the best option, but that hasn't worked for my parents in the past.

    • 7 d ago

      Mine Cousin has mini schnauzer his very hyper no personal space.

  • Nope, if it’s done for their well-being.

    1|0
    0|0
  • its usually for safety

    1|0
    0|0
  • their ABSENCE is cruel towards innocent todlers.

    1|0
    1|0
  • I don't see how they should heckle in it

    1|0
    0|0
  • D - Why TF did you get a toy schauzer?

    0|0
    0|0
    • 7 d ago

      My mom has 2 toy schnauzers, 2 miniatures, and a yellow lab.

      What's wrong with toy schnauzers?

  • hahaha... the things i've watched and like to do with dogs. Putting a muzzle on those things is a reward compared to what i would do to a dog.

    0|0
    1|0
  • During BDSM on a bitch? No..

    0|0
    0|0
  • Vote B

    1|0
    0|0
  • What's a dog?

    1|0
    0|0

Recommended myTakes

Loading...