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Old 04-03-2013, 05:45 PM
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For those of you who use, or have ever used a basket muzzle for a dog, do you prefer a plastic one over a metal/wire one, or the other way around?

Simi uses a muzzle around people right now, just to prevent any fear bites caused by people being stupid and trying to pat her even when she's scared. She has a plastic one now, but I am finding that it's not holding up well.

We also let her use her muzzle around other dogs and in that time, we allow her to play with her jolly egg, so she pushes that around with it and I think that has caused some of the plastic bars, so now I am researching some about metal/wire basket muzzles... So looking for opinions!
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:48 PM
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For any one who's confused, this is the kind of muzzle she currently uses:


And this is the style I'm looking at:
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:06 PM
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http://leerburg.com/1395.htm

Have you ever used these? I love this muzzle. I have one for my fearful girl. They are durable and seem to work well and sit comfortably. I know they aren't what you were looking at them but I love them. I haven't tried a metal one and I hated the plastic one.

May I ask why she's around other dogs if she needs to be muzzled?
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:16 PM
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Have you ever used these? I love this muzzle. I have one for my fearful girl. They are durable and seem to work well and sit comfortably. I know they aren't what you were looking at them but I love them. I haven't tried a metal one and I hated the plastic one.

May I ask why she's around other dogs if she needs to be muzzled?
It's mostly as a safety measure. She has had some issues with smaller dogs at times and so we're trying to make things easier in the living situation here and there where she can be out with them. She never takes a dive at them or anything, we just do it to be safe, and she enjoys playing with her egg, so in any situation where I need a toy reward and she's muzzled (this can happen when she's taken out and about) I use the egg and her muzzle.

Are they a plastic or a metal? That you linked? I like the looks of how they fit a lot!
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We use Baskerville as they're very reliable. They're plastic.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:23 PM
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I am a huge fan of the Baskervilles as well, and as soon as Frodo's needs to be replaced I will be getting him one.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:32 PM
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I have a plastic one, but it doesn't get much use. I really only have it so I can accustom the dogs to the muzzle in case they ever should need one. Once I quit the vet clinic and change vets, Gavroche will likely be muzzled for vet visits as a precaution, so I want him comfortable in a muzzle. That said, both dogs shove their face in the muzzle because it means SQUEEZE CHEESE!

Mine are cheapo ones from Jeffers Pet (cheapest ones they had). If I had a dog that actually NEEDED one I'd choose a much higher quality one and treat it as a much more important investment. I would think the metal ones would get hot really fast in the sun, and cold really fast when it's cold?
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:33 PM
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Another Baskerville fan here. The spacing is big enough to comfortably shove cookies into too.

If you are concerned about the wires, maybe a solid leather type muzzle? I've never used one of those though.
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Baskerville. Jaysons has held up well
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:35 AM
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I've heard great things about the Baskerville muzzles as well and would totally use one.

I bought one of these about 7 years ago for Solo and he has worn it every day since. Plus they come in fun colours. http://www.greyhoundsonly.com/greyho...eyhound-muzzle

ETA: He doesn't wear it every day, all day, only when he is in the general public. We live in an apartment building and he can't be trusted not to nom other people's dogs if they get in his face.
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