Basket muzzles

by Anonymous
(US)

We have a rescued 3 year old GP. She is reactive and has fear issues. Our positive trainer suggested slowly acclimating her to movement outside keeping her on leash and praising with treats. Once we begin taking her out suggested the basket muzzle. If anyone approaches her (because who doesn't want to pet a big fluffy dog?) She can't bite. I put it on her when going to vet also since not sure how she will react to other dogs in the waiting room. Has anyone else used the basket muzzle? She doesn't seem to mind it & can take treats & drink with it on. Also will try walking her when not much action. Really hot now do will be hard to do.

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Aggression
by: Donna

Good for you for taking on this challenge and starting out right by bringing in a positive-reinforcement trainer.

Use the muzzle for her safety and those around her. You are setting her up for success.

Sadly, her aggression is the reason someone surrendered her.

You should also consider working with her using 'games' such as hand touch, wit wit and sits and downs as a distraction. Keep distance between you and what is upsetting her. Work with her so she trusts you to keep her safe. How much success you will have remains to be seen

Hand Touch game
https://positively.com/dog-behavior/basic-cues/hand-target-training/

There is also a Free Online Dog Training Workshop with Susan Garrett (fabulous trainer). They will usually tell you to seek professional advice, which you have already done, for aggression but you may find some information on 'games' you can play as distraction for your girl.

Look under the Files menu on that page and you'll find many resources there, too.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/freedogtrainingworkshop/

Good luck with your girl. You're on the right track.

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