There is not an ounce of bullshit here.
- Dec 9, 2020
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- Greater Seattle Area
Completely agree that the negative reactions to muzzles needs to stop. They are not a punishment, if used correctly, and they provide a safety net between dog and human, and even other dogs. Even the most docile and calm dog can react unexpectedly. I've also introduced the muzzle to our younger pup, Piper, though she just licks everyone to death. You just never know.Muzzle training Banjo helped me win the argument that we should muzzle train Moo. I think all dogs should be muzzle trained and the stigma around them removed. A muzzled dog doesn't mean a bad dog.
We didn't want to have to have him muzzled 24/7 either but it was coming down to it when we rehomed him with my best friend. She and her partner had more experience with anxious, abused, and aggressive dogs than we do. But alas, it wasn't meant to be.
In all honesty, it's unlikely we'll get another dog. Boyfriend was very attached to Banjo - Banjo was *his* dog, even when we rehomed him. And we live in a small house (600sqft). And Moo was very stressed with him around. Maybe when she's older and if it's a lot calmer dog. But she stopped playing with toys when he lived here and it wasnt until 2 weeks ago, she started playing with toys again.
My bestie and her partner have already adopted a new dog tho. They were looking at her before they took in Banjo. Her name is Zola (I call her ZoZo) and she's a 6yo epileptic husky mix. They are her 7th home (including the 2 foster homes) and ZoZo will spend the rest of her days with them. ZoZo tends to play with all of the toys that were Banjo's favorites so that's both heartwarming and gutwrenching. She also snores View attachment 21058