Dog muzzles can be used as a temporary aid in known stressful situations. Note, however, that it is imperative that the dog be properly trained through positive reinforcement methods and desensitized to the muzzle proactively before it is needed for new environments or introductions. When used and fitted properly, a muzzle can help keep your pup—and everyone they encounter secure, with you in control. While muzzles may not prevent aggression, they can prevent a bite from breaking the skin of a human or animal. As a pet parent, knowing that a muzzle can help reduce/prevent injury to another human or animal, might make you feel more comfortable in stressful situations with your dog such as meeting new dogs or people. Dogs are very perceptive and often act on our emotions. If you’re comfortable, your dog should feel less stressed as well. This then leads to opportunities where you are able to reinforce good/desirable behaviors with the safety net of a muzzle ultimately resulting in safer, successful encounters.