We have reviewed a few different Mayerzon Pet Supplies muzzles before so I don’t need to introduce them to most of you. They mostly sell their products through Amazon and have a fantastic return policy and customer service.
About the different reasons for muzzling
Since this is a more complex topic, we wrote an article about the different reasons for muzzling and why muzzling isn’t cruel for those interested in reading more on the topic. In addition, our “What to do around muzzled dogs” poster is also available on this link for downloading.
While there are many reasons for muzzling, some shouldn’t be among these - like using a muzzle to avoid barking. We feel it is essential to clarify that muzzles shouldn’t be used to prevent barking; it is a dangerous and ineffective way to address this problem. If you want to learn more, check out our article on why not use a muzzle to stop barking.
How to find the right size muzzle for your dog?
Reviewing muzzles is hard because every dog and every situation requires a slightly different solution. Something can be a pro for one dog and a con for the other one.
Even when discussing sizing, there are different opinions on how much room the dog should have in the muzzle. The only thing that everyone agrees on is that the dog should be able to drink and pant to cool down while wearing it.
However, what pant room means can generate great arguments. For example, if you are looking for an agitation muzzle or the muzzle will only be used for short periods, you are okay with a muzzle that provides enough room for a half-pant. On the other hand, if you use muzzles for hikes or canicross, it is essential to have enough room for comfortable full-pant.
The other tricky thing with sizing is that although there are great Facebook groups to help determine if the muzzle looks good on your dog, different photos could make the muzzle look much bigger or smaller.
The muzzle in this review has enough room for a half pant but it is also best used as a training muzzle, not for everyday use.
Mayerzon Muzzle Review
Muzzling a dog starts with muzzle training and desensitizing the dog to wearing the muzzle. The goal at this phase is to ensure the dog has a good association with wearing the muzzle and they happily put their snout in there. The easiest to achieve is to give them treats through the muzzle without it being attached to their head.
This muzzle is designed to make this initial step easier:
- The slow-feeder attachment in the front allows you to add peanut butter or something similar
- When the slow feeder is removed, there is a big opening where you can easily give treats or even reward with soft toys
- The muzzle is on the lighter muzzle, not heavy which makes it easier for the dogs to get used to the feeling.
Add the peanut butter or other reward to the slow feeder
Easily snap it in place
This Mayerzon muzzle has a strap around the neck and also an overhead strap for extra security - both of them adjustable. The solid plastic connectors on the side are meant to provide better stability and connection to the neck-straps.
This muzzle is similar to the Lucky Paw muzzle that we reviewed before but the attachment of the front part is a lot easier to handle on the Mayerzon one and the attachment points are less prone to wear off overtime which was a concern with the Lucky Paw muzzle.
While this was great to introduce Zulu to muzzling, the design doesn’t leave room for a proper pant room so I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday use. When the slow-feeder is removed, it also has a big opening on the front that would still let dogs bite or eat something up from the ground.
I really appreciate that this muzzle solves a problem that many people created DIY solutions for before. Adding peanut butter while practicing putting the muzzle on and securing the straps helps so much to introduce the muzzle as a positive experience. Adding or removing the front cover also makes it a more versatile muzzle for different situations.
To summarize, this muzzle is great for:
start muzzle training since it’s soft, lightweight, and allows you to provide treats easily.
preventing licking, a quick nip, scavenging (when the front piece is in place), or picking up sticks or bigger items on short, low-activity outings.
This muzzle is NOT suitable for:
bite-risk dogs since the material could be bent and folded and because dogs can bite through plastic basket muzzles.
long hikes / exercising the dog as they cannot pant fully while wearing it.
Where to buy
You can buy the muzzle on Amazon. It currently comes in five sizes and Zulu was using the M/3 size.
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If you want to learn more about muzzles, you can join amazing groups on Facebook, like Muzzle Up, Pup!, or follow The Muzzle Up Project. You can also check out the Muzzle Training and Tips website and browse our articles, where we discussed many muzzle-related topics.