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Duck Muzzle for Dogs

oppo-dog-muzzle-duck-billDoes your dog quack like a duck or snap like a duck? Well now he can also look like a duck in these OPPO muzzles for dogs.

At times it might be necessary for you to make sure that your best friend wears a muzzle when you take him out. Perhaps he’s going through an unfriendly and/or snapping phase. Well, there’s no reason for him to sport a boring muzzle.

The OPPO Dog Muzzle is guaranteed to replace your dog’s old boring, intimidating muzzle with a bright and modern muzzle with some comical appeal. It will turn your cute little dog into a semi-duck, designer billed adorable dog – and a definite conversation starter.
oppo-dog-muzzle-duck-billThe product was created by Japanese pet design company, OPPO. They strive to develop pleasurable and optimistic products for an environment in which people and animals live together. Their name OPPO stands for OPtimistic and POsitive.

The brilliance of this product is that people can see it’s for dogs that are wrestling with aggression issues, but puts a positive spin on the situation. Dogs might be able to feel that people are more relaxed and this could have a positive affect on the dog. Often people are nervous when they see dogs with muzzles and it’s likely dogs are picking up on that negative energy.

The OPPO Dog Muzzle is made for smaller dog breeds, for example small Poodles, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Dachshunds, Miniature Pinschers, Jack Russell Terriers and Border Collies. It’s not for bigger dogs, e.g. German Shepards or Pit Bulls. The muzzle is made of soft silicon and comes in three colors: yellow, pink and brown and various sizes. There are two variations, the Quack and the Quack Closed which has a smaller opening for the duck bill.

So where can you get the OPPO Dog Muzzle? We looked around and can only find this product available for sale on eBay or on Japan Trends Shop.

Tips for Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Please don’t leave me!

We have a Havanese, often known as a “velcro dog”. They were bred as a companion dog, so you can imagine, we’ve had to deal with his separation anxiety. Separation anxiety in dogs can result in bad behavior, e.g. constantly barking, howling, peeing or pooping. They might also destroy things, e.g. chew your furniture and shoes or scratch your doors and windows.

You should definitely discuss this with your vet, but in the meanwhile, here are some of our tips to alleviate your dog’s separation anxiety.

How to Help Alleviate Separation Anxiety in Dogs

    • Don’t make it a big deal when leaving or returning to your home. In fact, ignore your dog when leaving and returning so your dog
    • Try shorter trips away from the home so your dog gets used to you leaving and returning. Start with very short trips (e.g. 1 min, 5 mins, 10 mins) and slowly increase the time you are gone. When you return, don’t make it a big deal.
    • Consider crating your dog. Sometimes dogs get anxious because they have this big area / home to guard. By putting them in their crate, some dogs are less stressed.
    • When you leave, give your dog a bully stick or other food stuffed toys to keep them entertained. If you freeze the food stuffed toys, they can last longer.
      Make sure your dog also has access to its favorite toys (e.g. squeaky toys or balls).
    • Consider putting a Thundershirt on your dog when you leave the house.
separation anxiety in dogs

Are you leaving AGAIN?

  • If you’re leaving to go to work and will be gone for a long period of time, consider using a dog walker or doggie day care. We used doggie day care 2-3 times a week and a dog walker on the other days. That way our dog had some days of play and days of rest.
  • Consider using a calming diffuser (aka DAP diffuser) or spray. Allegedly, they mimic neonatal pheromones that remind dogs of their mothers and the comfort of being a happy, secure puppy. Using a calming pheromone spray or diffuser to the room where your dog spends time alone can improve the atmosphere of the space for your dog.
    In the beginning, we used this with our dog and it seemed to help. We no longer use it now because his separation anxiety isn’t as bad as it was. We used a number of the techniques on this page.
  • If your dog has really bad separation anxiety, you might consider using calming supplements (e.g. Pet-Eze) which can help relieve stress before it starts. We would only try this after you’ve exhausted the above options and probably checked in with your vet. We have used Pet-Eze with our dog and it does work. First, try out the calming supplement while you’re home to make sure your dog doesn’t have any adverse reactions to it. These chewable tablets can then be given to your dog either in anticipation of an anxiety attack or while the dog is anxious.