making a muzzle for your dog

Knowing how to create a simple muzzle for a dog can be a very useful skill if you ever run into an emergency with your own dog or a stray.

Purchasing a commercial muzzle that is well fit to your own pet is an ideal preventative when it comes to dog bites. However, it’s impractical to carry this with you at all times. Here are three simple steps to creating a makeshift muzzle in case of emergencies:

  1. Make a loop using a gauze roll, thin leash, triangular bandage, or any other piece of wide cloth. Do NOT use thin items such as string or shoelaces. Place loop over animal’s snout.
  2. Tie loop under the snout.
  3. Tie the strips behind the ears (not around the neck).


  1. Don’t tie so tight that the animal cannot breath through their nose, but at the same time ensure that it’s not too loose either.
  2. Do not muzzle an animal that is having difficulty breathing, is vomiting, or has a suspected jaw injury. In these circumstances, assess the situation and keep yourself safe to the best of your ability. This may mean recruiting additional Pet First Aiders to assist you.
  3. If you have a brachycephalic (flat nosed) animal, definitely consider purchasing a commercial muzzle. We like this one produced by Canine Friendly.
  4. When in doubt, call a Veterinarian for assistance.


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