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Busting the Muzzle Myth

By Rachel Brix

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Walking the busy streets of our small tourist town with my dog, the looks on people’s faces range from confusion, to disgust, to laughter, to disapproval, to openmouthed, wide-eyed shock. The cause? Just a dog wearing a muzzle. Let’s face it, we don’t see too many dogs in public wearing what looks, to some people at least, like some sort of medieval torture device. And when people who are not dog professionals see us, they may draw the conclusion that I’m mean, that my dog is dangerous, or something else other than the truth. I’ve heard people mutter “poor dog,” or “he must be aggressive,” or even come right out and ask, “Why is that dog wearing a muzzle?” Since stopping for a long conversation isn’t something my dog can do just yet, I give them the short version: “He’s in training and we’re keeping everyone safe.” Read article


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