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Hey everyone, I have a question about muzzle training. How did you train your dog or puppy to wear a muzzle and when did you start this? Was there any problem with the process? How long does it usually take to train them?

I take my puppy on the train all the time here (at least every weekend to the city and almost every day during the school holiday for socialisation purposes). I have been told twice so far to muzzle him on the train but I have yet to train him with a muzzle so I'm about to start now as he is 7 months old. I know you are suppose to get the sort of muzzle that allows them to pant and to start with putting a lot of treats in it then work your way up with the time spent on putting on the muzzle. Is that it?

My problem is that my dog needs to use his mouth to do something on the long train ride either by chewing something or training with me so how I can make him wear a muzzle for 1 hour without stressing him out on the train?

Because he has been on the train since 8 weeks old, he is very well behaved around people on the train. Of course, I avoid peak times so that he doesn't get squished among the crowd. On the way back home, he always sleeps during the whole trip but on the way there, he can't sleep so I usually give him something to chew on or we do some training where he gets his ball as a reward because he isn't food motivated. This works well as he focuses fully on what he is doing, minding his own business and is very well behaved every trip.

He isn't restless because we exercise before he goes but he will get agitated and start barking or pacing around if he doesn't get anything to chew on or have anything to do for the whole train trip (1 hour). I sometimes do the down stay on the train but he can only do that for 15 minutes at a time in this sort of distracting environment. So do you guys have any tips about training him to wear a muzzle AND how to get around the problem of wearing a muzzle on a long train trip when he needs something to do with his mouth? :ponder:

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Just a few thoughts..why have you been asked to muzzle him on the train? Is it a legal requirement or has he done something to annoy someone? Also, why does he have to go on the train every day 'for socialisation'. Would have thought this a bit excessive. Even guide dogs don't do this much.

Re..the muzzle. Get a basket-type ( Baskerville in UK, fro The company of Animals) through which you can feed treats and your dog can drink if necessary. Train byallowing the dog to see it and get familiar with it ( no sudden lunges from a weird item) then put it on for a few seconds, praise, tell him how lovely he looks in it, treat and remove, treat...or just remove and treat...see how it goes and gradually extend the time he has it on, telling him how gorgeous he looks when one's wearing it so he sees it as a happy thing.
Ithink perhaps he may also now associate train journeys with attention from you ( unless he's tired) so perhaps teach him a 'settle down' routine. Start at home, watching TV or whatever, put him by your feet and tell him to 'settle'. This isn't a formal down-stay..the dog can change position, roll over or whatever but needs to be relaxed at your feet. Do it on lead if necessary to start with and' build up the time. If he starts to move just put him back and repeat the command. When the time you require is up tell him he can go. You will know what is the maximum that it's reasonable to ask of your dog, but for an ADULT dog an hour isn't unreasonable. For your puppy it will be less but if he can settle on the train for 20 minutes at a time, with breaks for you-time, that would make the journey easier.
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Just a few thoughts..why have you been asked to muzzle him on the train? Is it a legal requirement or has he done something to annoy someone? Also, why does he have to go on the train every day 'for socialisation'. Would have thought this a bit excessive. Even guide dogs don't do this much.

Re..the muzzle. Get a basket-type ( Baskerville in UK, fro The company of Animals) through which you can feed treats and your dog can drink if necessary. Train byallowing the dog to see it and get familiar with it ( no sudden lunges from a weird item) then put it on for a few seconds, praise, tell him how lovely he looks in it, treat and remove, treat...or just remove and treat...see how it goes and gradually extend the time he has it on, telling him how gorgeous he looks when one's wearing it so he sees it as a happy thing.
Ithink perhaps he may also now associate train journeys with attention from you ( unless he's tired) so perhaps teach him a 'settle down' routine. Start at home, watching TV or whatever, put him by your feet and tell him to 'settle'. This isn't a formal down-stay..the dog can change position, roll over or whatever but needs to be relaxed at your feet. Do it on lead if necessary to start with and' build up the time. If he starts to move just put him back and repeat the command. When the time you require is up tell him he can go. You will know what is the maximum that it's reasonable to ask of your dog, but for an ADULT dog an hour isn't unreasonable. For your puppy it will be less but if he can settle on the train for 20 minutes at a time, with breaks for you-time, that would make the journey easier.
Hope this helps.
Thank you and yes I have started with the settle thing except I've only been doing it at night. Perhaps I should vary the time. Also about taking him on the train, I do it only on Saturdays and it has only been nearly everyday because I'm on school holidays (I'm a teacher). The purpose wasn't really to take him on the train all the time because I was actually hoping to take him to different suburbs and the city more often (more people, different kinds of traffic and shops)
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i trained for vet visits, public transport and when we go shopping (keeping people away).
We started with an adult, but i tihnk it is better to start from puppyhood. generally dogs of all kind of breeds can profit from knowing how to be relaxe3d while wearing a muzzle.

the command we used was "Partyhut"/ "party hat" and we started with just having it close to him. after he was comfortable with that, we put liversausage for dogs on the basket part of the muzzle and praised like crazy when he put his nose inside the muzzle to lick it off.
We then slowly started to stretch the time until he was allowed to take his nose out of the muzzle.
After a few days, we first just openly layed the straps of the muzzle around his neck (still praising and using the superior power of liversausage) and then after a few more days we closed it for a moment.
after that we stretched times, still using treats and praise to reenforce the muzzle as something great.
 
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