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A dog in a muzzle can send a message to those who just see it in a quick glance.  Could it be a mean dog?  Could it be an overly vocal dog?  Is that the dog that the guy from "Silence of the Lambs" had?  Jodi is here this week to dispel the rumors and the doubt.  Even the idea for pet owners who need to use a muzzle and feel some guilt, Jodi has some answers on Dog Blessed. 


First off, a muzzle is nothing to really fear.  It can have a multitude of uses including training, helping a pet keep from habitual things or possibly eating something they shouldn't in or outdoors.  There is also the idea that your dog could be reactionary when it comes to kids or other pets.  A muzzle can be a very beneficial item in the care and protection of your pet.  

But, how do you introduce a muzzle?  Well, you know Jodi.  Slowly, in a relaxed fashion and with plenty of support.  Make sure they understand that it's not a punishment or a bad thing.  Introduce the apparatus as you would anything new and measure reactions.  What if you don't have a muzzle?  Jodi even goes as far as to show you a make shift version that can be put to use in short order and made to fit comfortably and work effectively.

It might seem hard, to cover up the mouth of a dog, but the care and comfort of the pet and the people around it are paramount.  Ingesting something that can make an animal very sick can cost thousands, and on the off chance there's a bite from a reactive dog, the story can only get worse.  Follow the tips and tricks on Dog Blessed with Jodi this week and you'll see that with a little adaptation, you'll both be successful in the long run. 

Our thanks to Clock's Timeless Pets and Must Love Dogs Pet Boutique for their sponsorship of Dog Blessed on the Muskegon Channel.  

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