How and why to introduce Muzzle Acceptance: The first thing to consider in any first aid situation is your own personal safety, be that from road traffic, electricity, fast flowing water, or particularly when dealing with animals, claws and teeth. I always tell our students that if you need to deal with a frightened dog or one that’s disorientated or in pain, then applying a muzzle is the safest way for you and for him. Many dogs would find this a very stressful thing if they’ve never worn one before and even the kindest, most well balanced dog could be forgiven for inflicting a nip in such circumstances.
Packed away very small and light in your first aid kit, something like a fabric muzzle is fine for very short periods. Personally, I would rather recommend the use of a Basket “Baskerville” style of muzzle, which is more comfortable allowing the dog safe drinking, panting and much less stress than the tight fitting fabric varieties.