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« on: February 20, 2012 02:05:58 PM »

I hate muzzles, really hate them... buuutttt.... a muzzle calms and quietens my nearly 2yr old Jack Russell safely and effectively without bribing him with biscuits despite whatever may be going on around him. He REALLY lives up to his reputation of being a yappy dog! Most of the time I can tolerate it, but there are times that just a little bit of quiet is soooo appreciated by me.
 Anyhow, Jack's (and yes, a very unoriginal name :s) stiff nylon muzzle rubs on the bridge of his snout. It doesnt break the skin but I imagine it cant be comfy. He can still drink with it on, but only just and the next muzzle up is too big. We tried a mesh muzzle, but again, its ill fitting. So I crocheted him one, it is after all only ever used as a 'reminder' to be quiet and never to restrain him and for the most part, he only has to see it and he'll relax a bit (I think this must be because he is getting older now). I like to think of this as a pacifier for him, its soft, stretchy he can drink with it on, in fact he can pretty much lick just as far with it on as without! He can open his jaw a little wider with this one than a nylon one, yet it still stays in contact with him.

 I love making things for him, from coats and toys to this Smiley I used no pattern, just mimicked the shape of the nylon muzzle. I much prefer it, Jack is still disliking... but still, I think its a good compromise for now, (and is a much nicer colour) and will no doubt spare a headache or two with far less guilt on my part Smiley

Here it looks as though I'm pinning him down, but I assure you I'm not, he's sulking because he's wearing it and I'm ruffling behind his ear with my finger Smiley

C+C always welcome, please 'scuse the phone camera pics :s

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012 03:01:36 PM »

What a nice thing to do for your dog...We had a Jack Russel when I was a kid, and I understand about the barking.
That looks very soft and comforting, I like it!
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012 03:41:04 PM »

Great idea! He is so cute! It looks very soft and comfortable.
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012 05:19:28 PM »

I love it! Maybe this is what my doxie needs. Her barking drives me crazy, especially when she knows who it is.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012 06:16:39 PM »

Thanks to you all Cheesy I was a bit dubious about posting a muzzle, I'm certain there are many people against them and I didnt want to offend anyone, but your comments are lovely Cheesy

I love it! Maybe this is what my doxie needs. Her barking drives me crazy, especially when she knows who it is.

This is my problem with Jack, that and the fact he likes to jump up at people when he greets them. This is fine for the household, but many visitors dont like it (understandably) and he settles (mostly sulks and wants cuddles) when he is wearing a muzzle, so it works a treat and we use it less and less now tending to just show it to him maybe 70% of the time. He does still try to paw it off his nose, and he'll probably succeed in time given its stretchy and I only have ties at the back (that I loop round his collar) but the time it takes him to calm enough to sit and paw it off should chill him out a bit, thats if he has it on long enough in the first place Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012 08:59:09 PM »

omygoodness that is sooo much better than store bought muzzles! I'm in awe a bit that you did that, and that it works so well for you! [I'm a bit allergic to dogs,] but honestly, muzzles aren't something I'd be super into either. like you said a bit uncomfy. anyhoo.
wonderful job! it's fantastic!

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