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Muzzling to prevent BSL

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Alma, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Username!

    Username! Little Dog

    Same here! If I'm with my dog in public then her muzzle is always in my pocket. Never know when an of leash little rat decides to run up and taunt my dog.
  2. ColbyDogs

    ColbyDogs Big Dog

    Already used to muzzling my dogs, been doing this sinse the mid 80's when the law went into effect. The law has changed however but my habits have not, I still muzzle my dogs on the rare occassions when we need to leave my property. Better safe than sorry.

    Although being forced to do this was nothing I was willingly wanting to do, but it has now become routine and if it meant not having my dogs vs being able to only own them if muzzled ? I would choose to muzzle.
  3. TonyOwen

    TonyOwen Little Dog

    I guess im more extreme than most, but i refuse to live in a place that tells me what i can and cant do with my property, family or pets, what i can or cant own, etc. While the muzzle aspect has a lot of positive reasoning for it, id rather move if it became a LAW that told me i had to or lose the dogs. Agree or disagree with that law is not why, its because i dont find it right.
  4. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    I already muzzle Tank in public and I've owned other dogs that have been periodically muzzled depending on the situation. I've also lived in a city with BSL, not a ban, but restrictions, one of them being that ''pit bulls'' have to be muzzled. It only bothers me when I'm FORCED to muzzle a dog that doesn't need it although if it was a choice between having the dog and not, of course I'd muzzle it. It's not that big of a deal to me. Just another tool like a leash or a chain spot as far as I'm concerned.

    ---------- Post added at 02:13 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:09 PM ----------

    Same here. Never leave the house with a dog without a muzzle, shit bags, and a breaking stick! :lol:

    ---------- Post added at 02:17 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:13 PM ----------

    This has not been my experience at all. In fact the opposite. Tank freaks when I grab his muzzle, getting all excited and dancing around, like another dog would when you grab a leash. He doesn't act any different with it on or off. Doesn't make a lick of difference to him. As well, when I first got Nyx, she had a TON off issues, and was TERRIFIED of strangers when we were out an about. She was actually WAY more calm and SECURE with it on, and she would actually let people approach her when she was wearing it, but when she wasn't she would cower and shake and try to hide. I don't know why it made her feel more secure, but it did.
  5. Alma

    Alma GRCH Dog

    An interesting part is being left out of the conversation I think. Leashed dogs are rarely the cause of a headline, its the lose dogs. So who is the muzzle actually for? Unleashed dogs? Paranoid people? I dont get it...
  6. TonyOwen

    TonyOwen Little Dog

    The idea is "pitbulls are vicious jaw locking dogs that can attack anyone at any given time therefore need to be muzzled". Maybe not the OP thought, but that would be the thought process behind such a requirement.
  7. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    I muzzle Tank because of loose dogs. I know he WILL grab any dog that approaches so it's to keep him out of crap.
  8. Miakoda

    Miakoda GRCH Dog

    I wholeheartedly agree.

    If I put a muzzle on my dog, I might as well also make a sign stating: "Y'all were right! My dog is vicious and unpredictable so I'm going to make sure he can't open his mouth to bite you or your precious Fwoofy." This would only reinforce the public's negative opnion of the dogs.

    I will NEVER voluntarily put a muzzle on my dog in an effort to ward off B.S.L. I'll fight it in city hall and all the way to the sate senators and representatives. I'll fight it via the positive actions of my dog. I'll fight it by being a responsible owner who always has her dogs on leash or properly contained in a fence. But I won't fight it by rolling over and submitting to a bunch of ignorant morons.

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    Paranoid people who think your dog is going to break into their house and night and yank their children from their beds and eat them.

    Maybe I misunderstood your question, but I read it as asking if one is willing to muzzle in an effort to ward off B.S.L. Like trying to appease the giant. An no, I won't.

    If B.S.L. came and said I have to muzzle, I'd probably move. Or my dogs would not go for walks.

    Where I live, we have loose dogs everywhere. I am constantly shooing them away or screaming and yelling for their idiot owners to get them. The other day, when walking without one of my dogs, a neighbor's dog herded Carson into the middle of an intersection where cars where at. I had to push Cooper off the road (in the stroller) and try to get Cole to remain calm and stay with Cooper while try to rescue Carson from a "friendly" dog that was barking and growling at him and wouldn't allow him to get back to me (just wanting to play so said his owner). A driver of a truck got out and helped me the dog away and we did make it home safely. But you know what? I refuse to muzzle my dog and allow my dog to be attacked while out walking because "pit bulls" aren't mythical creatures that can fight and defend themselves without using their teeth. If it comes down to my dog being able to protect itself, or even my children, then I'm going to give it the best chance possible.

    And yes, I've already lost one dog to an irresponsible owner. But had she been muzzled, she would've been killed by the irresponsible owner's dog probably.
  9. Harleys Momma

    Harleys Momma Good Dog

    The only reason I would resort to muzzling is if it was muzzle him or he gets pts. I dont think seeing a pit bull with a muzzle on would help the breed any. I do respect those who muzzle their dogs for reasons though. But I think seeing a bunch of muzzled pit bulls walking around (when there is no law saying its manditory) would send the wrong vibe about the dogs. I would defintely not take Harley out in public with me as often if a muzzle law came into effect here. Other than the locations I know hes always warmly welcomed (such as pet stores out here, they always seem to like him when I bring him with me so I would probably still bring him there because I think in such a case reminding people just because he has a muzzle on doesnt mean hes mean would be a good thing)
  10. simms

    simms Good Dog

    Mia, it is a shame that you can not safely walk your kids with out the threat of a damn dog at large. Friendly is one thing but a dog that is barking and growling... that is not friendly. An I know that you know this. I might be a little over the top. But damn, I think I would have left that dog lay where it stood. I hate to think of what could have happenend to your kids.

    I don't know where you stand on CHL, but i think you should consider one if you don't have one already. To many close calls... ppl need to learn not to let their animals become a public nuesence or danger.
  11. Straw

    Straw Puppy

    I'm back and forth between Quebec and Ontario where by law, pit bull type dogs must be leashed and muzzled.

    It's seriously unfair, BUT it offers a lot of opportunity for education. When I walk a dog on the Quebec side, people just see a dog. The dogs get much less attention. But in Ontario we get a lot more attention (positive and negative) because of the muzzle.

    I use really brightly coloured, 'fun' looking muzzles. I find the muzzles to be a big conversation starter. Then I introduce the dog, they pet him, and we chat for a bit, and it gives me the opportunity to show them how unfair the law is. :)

    Basically, I wish I didn't have to muzzle these guys, BUT you can absolutely make the best of it and use a muzzle to showcase the misunderstood, maligned side of the breed.
  12. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    I would muzzle my dog until I could pack up and get the heck out of town to someplace less... stupid. Call it extreme, but if my dogs aren't welcome, neither am I.
  13. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog


    I havnt heard anything about BSL here in Arizona yet.. thankfully..

    BILLBKLYN Good Dog

    Read the entire law word for word. If the law doesn't specifically state that the muzzle has to be specifically worn and secured around the mouth/muzzle when in public who's to say that you can't leave the muzzle handing around your dog's neck?
  15. Zoe

    Zoe GRCH Dog

    That's exactly what everyone in Vancouver used to do! :lol:
  16. Phoenix

    Phoenix Little Dog

    :lol: I like that one...
  17. Sabrina

    Sabrina Moderator

    Yes, and I do.

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