10405602_10104866618120157_1407600026303849398_nMuzzle Up! started when Maureen Backman, Mutt About Town’s owner, wanted to change the stigma trainers and dog owners face when they put a muzzle on their dog.

Through partnering with local businesses, rescues and trainers, not only in San Francisco but across the globe, Muzzle Up! aims to educate the public about dog behavior, safety, and why we don’t need to fear muzzles.

Muzzle Up! promotes safety and education on muzzles and dog behavior, and aims to reduce the stigma associated with dogs who have to wear them.

Training

Though it may seem daunting, it is absolutely possible to train your dog to enjoy wearing a muzzle. The Muzzle Up! Project has compiled and produced exhaustive list of resources to guide you through the process, including producing training DVDs with Tawzer Dog. Be sure to check out our resources page for more information.

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In the world of dog behavior, one of the most essential pieces of safety equipment we have is the muzzle. Unfortunately,  their appearance and the judgments associated with them prevent their usage, sometimes with tragic consequences.

It’s not unreasonable that we should be wary of muzzles. After all, their main usage is to prevent dog bites, something we’ve been conditioned to fear. But which scenario is more unsettling: Encountering a dog whose owner has taken the protective measure of using a muzzle, or encountering a dog whose owner is aware of the potential for aggressive behavior but refrains from using one? While the second dog may not look as scary, the lack of muzzle presents a much more dangerous situation.

Education

It’s not easy finding information on how to muzzle train your dog. It’s harder still to find personalized support to guide you each step of the way. Now, you can access quality information and personalized support to help you successfully muzzle train your dog and have fun doing it. Muzzle Up! Online is an exciting new training and coaching program offered to dog owners and professionals around the world.

Launching in spring 2016, the Veterinary Partners Program will consist of webinars created and narrated by the project’s director, Maureen Backman, MS CTC PCT-A, and will focus on core competency areas related to muzzle training and husbandry.