Pug Muzzles

Has anyone tried using a pug muzzle for your pug?...and if so, how did it work? I read it's a good training tool but some cover their eyes & I'm not crazy about that idea.


Tonkatot (about 6 years ago)

I haven't, I would be nervous about something that covers their eyes. I think it would scare them and defeat the purpose once their eyes are not covered.

We're looking to switch from a harness to a collar and are probably going to get a Martingdale collar. Petsmart's website says they're good for dogs whose necks are bigger than their heads (or close too the same size) and give more control than a harness or traditional collar.


docand (about 6 years ago)

I'm not a believer in any collar, used for leading, on a smushed nosed pooch. They have enough issues trying to breath. It isn't so much as the collar being tight, but if they pull, the pressure it puts on the trachea. This pressure can collapse the trachea. Be very cautious about using one. I find the best way is a halter that has the reinforcement on the bottom. Also it's harder for them to escape the harness. Good luck! Doc

Rita (about 6 years ago)

I agree with Doc, collars are not good for pugs, Zena has a collar for her tags, but use a puppia harness with her leash. When I first got her all she had was a collar and first time I took her outside she pulled on the leash and choked herself and next morning we went and bought a harness. Rita

Frankie2009 (about 6 years ago)

A muzzle on a pug? I have not ever see it...with their faces I didn't think you could use one.
as the previoyus post have said, i would not recomed a collar, for the same reasons, as it could do some real damage. Frankie does have a collar, but just for his tags. For walking he has a harness, he does not mind it...he gets super excited when he sees it!

Mom2Pugs (about 6 years ago)

Hi Guys! Well, about a muzzle for a pug......there really isn't one. They make a muzzle for cats that covers their mouth, nose and eyes. I really don't see any way to muzzle a pug. Desi wants to nip at anything that is going towards his ears, so when we need to clean his ears or let the vet look in his ears we cover his eyes with a soft cloth. It just keeps Desi from being excited by the process. And about the collar versus a harness I agree with Doc and Rita. I only use a collar for tags you would be surprised how easily their throat can be damaged. Pugs already have enough issues breathing, a throat injury could be devistating. Why take the risk? :p Your pug is adorable, by the way! Marti and my two pugs Desi and Bella

three_cute (about 6 years ago)

I agree with everyone's post....we use a collar when going somewhere but i love those puppia vests or harnesses...the pugs handle them well also. deb and kids

Shpigford Staff (about 6 years ago)

We've been using the StarMark Training Collar for about year, per the recommendation of a local dog trainer/behavioralist.


It has actually worked really well and our pugs don't seem to be bothered by it.

I know it looks pretty fierce, but you don't put it on very tight and they only feel the "teeth" when they pull hard, and they immediately stop pulling when they feel it, so you don't have to worry about collapsing their trachea.

It's made our pugs excellent walkers in a matter of days and I actually rarely use the collar much anymore because they've gotten so good at walking.

So, highly recommended. They're available for pretty cheap (< $10) on Amazon:

docand (about 6 years ago)

I to have a spiked training collar for my pit/lab. She was terrible to take on walks. I tried a Gentle Leader, and it worked great! Libby didn't like it very much so I tried the spike collar from a local trainer. This also works great and doesn't bother the dog as much. The only thing that I see that could be dangerous to a pug, is that when the dog pulls, it is designed to tighten around their neck. I feel that why take a chance, all it takes is one wrong pull and you have a problem. A good, padded halter that supports the lower breast area is best. It also tends to have a calming effect on the dog and does not tighten around the neck. The same idea behind a Thunder Blanket. Good Luck, it's your choice. Doc

KatB (about 6 years ago)

I would NOT use any type of collar that could rub or scratch eyes. I have seen the StarMark Training Collar that shpigford refers to. Had a student in one of my classes that showed up with one. They memic the prong collars/ or pinch collars. If you are having trouble with pulling on lead? These will both work. We use Prong/pinch collars in my classes I teach. They look barbarik, but don't hurt the dog. But make sure that it is fitted properly, not to tight or too lose. It should slid around the dogs neck easily, and DO NOT leave them on all the time. Use only when going for walks. And I do not reccomend slip chains collars, on pugs.

Yoshi86 (about 6 years ago)

Great advice, thanks guys! I will look into the aforementioned Starmark training collar. He uses a harness currently.

TRINITY25_99 (about 6 years ago)

I can't say I've ever seen a muzzle on a pug, and I think I'd be abit worried with one on my pup ... though I am sure it's been done. Good luck on deciding. We didn't have to use the muzzle to train Leo. Pug are pretty easy going and trainable quite fast

KatB (about 6 years ago)

Yoshi86, Why are you looking at muzzles? What problems are you having that you think you need that? I may be able to help.