Muzzle training.

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Muzzle training.

Of course there are hounds who have absolutely no problem with a muzzle to walk but regularly you see hounds during a coursing or when they come to the shelter, try to get their muzzle right. These hounds are therefore not trained in wearing the muzzle. This is not only annoying, especially if the hound stops during a coursing to try this but also animal unfriendly. It irritates the hound and he wants to be there from there. With a little training you can avoid this behavior and it is more enjoyable for every party.   It is very important that you have the right size muzzle for your hound and make sure that there are no abrasive edges, constricting straps or excellent metal dots on them. There are different types of muzzles on the market, but please choose one where the hound can do his mouth well far open. If the muzzle is well, not too small or too large, your hound should get used to it in the beginning, but at some point he no longer notices that he is wearing him. A nice spacious muzzle. To let your hound get used to a muzzle, we make a game of it. The Hound learns step by step to get used to his muzzle and experience that it gets acquainted with it and the wearing of it gives him goodies and fine courses.   Step 1 Grab the muzzle and show it to your hound. Behave like a giant interesting object. As soon as the hound smells of it, you reward him: good so, fun huh, that's your muzzle! Then put the muzzle away again.   Step 2 show the muzzle after a while and see if the Hound wants to touch the hive with its nose. Often he will automatically sniff it. Well, that's your muzzle! Give him something that he feels very good as a reward. Make a nice exercise here: touching the muzzle with your nose delivers something delicious.   Step 3 now hold the muzzle in such a way just before the hound that at the touching game he can put his nose in it as it were a little bit. You can help with this by carefully sliding the muzzle a tiny (!) bit over his nasal bridge. Wow, that's great, what a handsome hound, a muzzle!   Step 4 Now we make the Muilkorven game slightly more difficult. Do not touch, but only your nose in the muzzle will deliver another reward. Quiet, first a few millimeters, then a few centimeters. The real enthusiasts will soon see it: The deeper I put my nose in the muzzle, the bigger my reward becomes!   IMG_5669 Copy Step 5 now hold the muzzle ten inches before the nose of the hound and invite him to stick it out of his nose. Super, Handsome Hound, that's a muzzle! Build the distance so that the hound can ' run ' in his muzzle from the other side of the room.   Tip Practice the fastening and loosening of the muzzle first ' dry ' so that you know well how to open and closes and not have to fiddle around while doing the hound.   Step 6 Is this all good? Now the hound must learn that he must not only stick his nose in the muzzle, but also keep him in there. To start a few count. He doesn't get the goodies after he has pulled his nose out of the muzzle, but while he is still in the muzzle with his nose: so you give something small and tasty through the openings of the muzzle. As a result, the hound immediately learns to get used to the ' tight feeling ' of the muzzle on his snout.   Step 7 will the Hound stand quietly for a few seconds if you hold the muzzle while holding his muzzle in it? Then we go a step further. Now fasten the ties of the muzzle for a moment. Reward the Hound quietly but enthusiastic, give him a pat or tickle, put some yummy back through the opening and then quietly loosen the muzzle again.   Step 8 is it going to attach properly? Then build the time that the hound's muzzle really is all the way out slowly. Prevent him from hitting his legs in an attempt to get the muzzle off, reward him when he's quietly with it or stands. Instruct the people in his environment how to react to the dog when he wears his muzzle. Not ' ah, what pathetic ', but ' boy say, what do you look so cute, sweet and handsome! '.   Step 9 Now it's time for action: a little walk with the muzzle on it. The Hound is and remains of course giant handsome and obedient. And while walking occasionally give something tasty through the muzzle to the hound. Build it up slowly, run a little longer, and do some time and again in between. But only reward if the muzzle is on! Eventually, the Hound can have a whole walk without problems its muzzle on. If this is the case, you no longer have to worry that problems will arise during course. In such a muzzle, the hound cannot open his mouth at all! Very animal unfriendly! [/caption] Ready! Once the muzzle is finished, the rewards and attention stop. Do not show any relief at the end of the exercise either. Having the muzzle should be fun, not the detract! Do not do the steps immediately, but every day one. and start with the step before or if the hound really does not want, with a few steps back. Make sure it stays nice! Have fun practicing! Beware! Disadvantage of muzzles is that, however good the straps and closures are made, the hound can eventually get them off almost always. Leave a hound with a muzzle on never alone. The chances are that he will then claw, with his fingernails or legs behind a strap hangs and gets panicked. In addition, a hound with a muzzle, somewhat depending on the model, can hardly eat, drink, gasp or surrender.

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