Muzzle Up! Seminar

Muzzle Up! Dispelling the Stigma of Muzzles

Imagine a fearful dog gaining confidence and weaving around agility poles while wearing a muzzle. Or a shy dog running toward the muzzle from across the room in order to place her snout in the basket, eagerly anticipating her reward. These aren’t just pipe dreams; training makes them possible for dogs of varied breeds, backgrounds and temperaments. When done the proper way, muzzle training can increase the trust in you and your dog’s relationship.

In the world of dog behavior, one of the most essential but misunderstood pieces of safety equipment we have is the muzzle. Dogs wear muzzles for a plethora of reasons. Unfortunately, their appearance and the judgments associated with them prevent their usage, sometimes with tragic consequences.

This workshop will cover the how-to’s of muzzle training, including working through common trouble spots, as well as incorporating tricks, games and activities so that dogs feel comfortable and happy wearing a muzzle. We’ll also discuss how to tailor dogs’ muzzle training for specific scenarios like the veterinary office and leash walks. Demo dogs will be present to demonstrate muzzle conditioning, training and usage.


Fee: $35 per person.  Attendance is humans-only.

Location: 243 Alabama Street, SF SPCA Mission Campus

Instructor: Maureen Backman, MS, CTC, PCT-A; Owner, Mutt About Town; Founder, The Muzzle Up! Project

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