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MUZZLES: How to Measure

HOW DO I SIZE MY DOG FOR A PROPERLY FITTED DEAN & TYLER MUZZLE?


To size your dog for a muzzle, please take the following measurements as described:

Eye Base
Middle point between tearducts. Note this point's location for measuring purposes (this is not a measurement to take)
Snout Length
Measure distance from one inch below eye base to tip of nose, along bridge of snout.
Snout CircumferenceOne inch below eye base, with mouth closed and tape measure snug, wrap tape measure around the snout.
Snout Height
One inch below eye base, with mouth closed, measure vertical distance from the snout top to snout bottom. DO NOT measure at an angle or curve the tape measure.DO NOT put an object into dog’s mouth.

***Height measurements over 7” are an indication instructions were not followed. Please review and remeasure.

Snout Width – At widest point below eye base, measure distance from left side to right side of snout. Keep tape measure horizontal in a straight line, do not curve around.

Once your dog’s measurements have been taken, please email the figures to us at Support@DeanTylerProducts.com and we’ll be happy to assist with sizing. Please include a few photos of your dog, ideally profile and front shots as well as one full-body. Please state their gender as well as age, weight, and breed if those details are known. If you have an idea of the style or model you’re interested in, please specify as many have their own size charts and a size in one will not necessarily translate to another model.

FREQUENTLY ASKED MUZZLE QUESTIONS:

I’VE NEVER BOUGHT A MUZZLE BEFORE, WHICH WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

Our most popular muzzle styles are our Wire & Leather Basket Muzzle options. These include the DT Freedom, DT Muzzle, Leather Basket Muzzle, Royal Leather Basket Muzzle & DT Freedom Winter & The Guardian models; all of which use leather straps to adjust for a secure fit and are fitted with full, natural felt padding to sit between the muzzle and the top of the snout, to prevent rubbing and offer maximum comfort. Our DT Freedom & DT Muzzle wire basket muzzles are our basic wire basket models, featuring nearly thirty sizes in each, a chrome-plated steel wire basket and leather straps to secure the muzzle in place. The DT Freedom Winter is materially the same as the DT Freedom, with the added feature of a durable, black rubber-coating on the wire basket. The Leather Basket, Royal Leather Basket and Guardian models have a leather basket construction reinforced with strong, hand-set rivets. The Royal Leather Basket is a premium version of the standard Leather Basket, featuring a Nappa leather lining. The Guardian is our most-robust model, offering a leather basket construction as well as a leather-covered, steel reinforcement bar for agitation work.

MY DOG IS SHOWING SIGNS OF AGRESSION AND WE NEED A MUZZLE TO PREVENT POSSIBLE INJURY:

All of the above-mentioned basket muzzle models are ideal for dogs with aggression issues or who may be considered a bite risk.

MY DOG NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO PANT, TAKE TREATS AND DRINK WATER:

All basket muzzles will allow for dogs to pant, take treats and drink water to varying degrees, though there may be a learning curve for both dog and handler to navigate the basket. DT Freedom, DT Freedom Winter, Leather Basket Muzzle and Royal Leather Basket Muzzle are the easiest muzzles to treat with.

MY DOG EATS STUFF THEY SHOULDN’T (ROCKS, STICKS, TRASH, EXCREMENT, ETC.):

For dogs who tend to eat items and objects not meant for consumption, a Leather Basket Muzzle is recommended as it has a wide piece of leather that covers the front and makes ingestion more difficult. Similarly, our DT Muzzle has a second layer of wire grid in the front of the basket, which creates a bit more difficulty for pets to pick up foreign items. To be sure the stubbornest of dogs do not manage to get their way, Dean & Tyler recommends continuing supervision for dogs known to consume foreign items as our muzzles should slow them down but still have openings.

TEMPERATURES TEND TO DROP BELOW FREEZING WHERE WE LIVE. WHAT MODELS ARE BEST SUITED FOR OUR CLIMATE?

Our Leather Basket Muzzle, Royal Leather Basket Muzzle, DT Freedom Winter and The Guardian models are ideal for colder climates to prevent potential freezing that might otherwise occur with a wire basket. Please be advised, the DT Freedom Winter and Royal Leather Basket models are made to order with a standard lead time of 2 - 4 weeks.

I WANT A MUZZLE THAT ALLOWS MY DOG TO HAVE A FULL PANT. WHICH DO YOU RECOMMEND?

The DT Freedom, DT Freedom Winter, Leather Basket Muzzle, Royal Leather Basket Muzzle and The Guardian models are the roomiest options of basket muzzles we carry. That being said, we MUST clarify that these muzzles are intended to allow your dog to pant freely, NOT fully. A free pant is enough for comfort at both rest and play. Dean & Tyler has seen a trend of customers taking measurements with a ball or toy in their dog’s mouth. Sizing recommendations given based on these measurements will likely be much too large and may compromise the security of the muzzle by creating a situation in which it might be able to be removed. For this reason, we strongly advise against measuring your dog with any object in their mouth as it will result in inaccurate figures and possibly a hazardous size recommendation.

MY DT FREEDOM MUZZLE IS PINCHING MY DOG’S CHEEKS! DO I NEED A LARGER SIZE?

The DT Freedom & DT Freedom Winter models have arms which, in some cases, may be a tad narrow upon first arrival. Should the basket look like it might be a good fit, but the arms seem to be a little close for comfort, please feel free to gently pull them outward so as to ensure they are not pinching or causing any discomfort in the cheeks or jaw line.

THE DT FREEDOM ONLY HAS ONE STRAP - IS THIS A SECURE CHOICE?

Yes! All Dean & Tyler muzzles will be both secure and comfortable, provided they are a proper fit. To be sure your muzzle is fitted correctly, Dean & Tyler advises an observation period, in a controlled environment, of at least thirty minutes after determining the muzzle appears to be a good fit. If your dog is able to remove the muzzle, please adjust straps if necessary and repeat observation.

WHAT DOES A GOOD FIT LOOK LIKE?

The padded portion will rest flat along the length of the nose bridge. Should a gap appear between the padding and the nose bridge, please adjust the straps to allow for it to sit securely and flat, achieving maximum pant room. A properly fitted basket muzzle will sit below the eye base so that it does not come into contact with the tearducts or block the eyes. Squinting is an indicator of discomfort most commonly associated with the muzzle coming into contact with tearducts and oftentimes means the muzzle is too large. There should be space between the end of the nose and the wire of a basket muzzle to ensure contact is not made and potential abrasion does not occur. With leather basket muzzles, it is okay for the nose to come into contact with the inside so long as it is not being pressed or crowded. Some restriction is expected with the use of a muzzle; our basket muzzles are meant to provide optimal comfort with said restriction as is necessary. Being able to take treats, even if a little awkward, is indicative of a good fit.

RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE

Wire basket muzzles are constructed with chrome-plated steel and full grain leather. To ensure you get the most out of your wire basket muzzle, Dean & Tyler recommends a simichrome polish as needed to clean the metal components. This is especially recommended for muzzles that are used frequently in coastal or humid climates as the additional exposure to moisture may cause the metal to oxidize faster than it otherwise would. Similarly, Dean & Tyler highly recommends conditioning and cleaning leather basket muzzles and leather components as needed, to ensure they retain their original quality and perform as expected.




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