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
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 Circumference – One 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
dog’s measurements have been taken, please email the figures to us at
Support@DeanTylerProducts.com and we’ll be happy to assist with
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:
BOUGHT A MUZZLE BEFORE, WHICH WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
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
MY DOG IS
SHOWING SIGNS OF AGGRESSION 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:
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,
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
TEND TO DROP BELOW FREEZING WHERE WE LIVE. WHAT MODELS ARE BEST SUITED FOR OUR
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?
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.
FREEDOM MUZZLE IS PINCHING MY DOG’S CHEEKS! DO I NEED A LARGER SIZE?
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.
FREEDOM ONLY HAS ONE STRAP - IS THIS A SECURE CHOICE?
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?
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.
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.
How to Measure