Muzzle Measurements People often assume muzzles are cruel and uncomfortable for dogs, and while an ill-fitting muzzle can indeed cause discomfort and stress, a properly fitting muzzle can be comfortable and not impair a dog's natural behaviours. ensuring a muzzle fits properly will prevent it feeling uncomfortable. Some common problems include: Too narrow causing pinching at the cheeks Too short can cause rubbing on the nose Too long can obstruct a dog's view or prevent the dog from sniffing properly without pushing the muzzle into their eyes Not allowing room for panting which prevents the dog from regulating their temperature These issues, by causing discomfort and stress, can create a negative association with the muzzle for your dog and hinder their training progress. Here are some of the measurements to consider: Length - Measure from about a cm in front of the eyes to the longest point (this could be the end of the nose or the chin if the dog has an under bite). Height - measure from about a cm in front of the eyes to the lowest point of the jowls. Add a minimum of 5cm for pant room (The larger to the dog the more will need to be added). Circumference - Measure around the muzzle at its widest. Bear in mind that this doesn't include pant room. Width - Where you think the width measurement will depend on which kind of muzzle you choose: For a muzzle that rests on the nose, like a Baskerville, measure the widest point of the snout. If the muzzle goes back to the cheek, measure the width across the widest point of either cheeks (not including fluff!). Creating a positive association with the muzzle is more important than a correct fit, at least initially. You can start your training with a muzzle which is clearly too large for your dog to get them used to it and re-assess the size and fit of the muzzle once they are comfortable placing their snout into it. Tips Keep the tape measure flat - Taking the measurements with the tape measure curved can alter the value, to get a true measurement. Keep it positive - Don't force your dog into positions or hold them tightly to keep them still. Be gentle and give them plenty of rewards and praise. Film it - Set up your phone to record while you measure your dog, that way you won't have to remember the numbers; just shout them out as you read them then you can watch it back. Check with brand for required measurements - Different muzzles fit in different ways so it is important to check the manufacturers guidance on measuring and sizing before purchasing a muzzle to ensure the best fit. Go at your dog's pace - If your dog is uncomfortable with you touching and measuring their face, you may need multiple sessions to build confidence with this with the help of lots of treats! For a step-by-step muzzle training guide, click here!