For two reasons, greyhounds race with racing muzzles made from durable plastic. The first is to allow judges to have an easy way of determining the result of races when there is a need for a photo finish. One is to prevent them from biting and nipping at each other as they race side-by side. This is how you fit a greyhound’s racing muzzle.
The correct muzzle size for each racer is determined. Because greyhounds come in different sizes, the muzzle that fits all is not appropriate for them. You can choose from small, medium, large, or double-large racing muzzles. A medium-sized muzzle is the best size for females, and a smaller one for boys.
- Two reasons greyhounds sport racing muzzles of durable plastic are given to them during races:
- Greyhounds come in a variety of sizes, so a muzzle that fits all is not the best.
It is important to have your racing muzzle upside down. It sounds ridiculous, but it is true. It will be made of a stronger, whiter piece of plastic that extends all the way to the edge. You will find it has a larger space for the dog to place his nose.
Place the racing muzzle on the head of the greyhound and secure the strap to the back. When the muzzle is properly fitted, the strap placed behind the ears holds it in place. The muzzle stays in place except for dogs that are determined to get it off.
Keep your racing muzzle up.
- The racing muzzle can be placed on top of the greyhound’s head.
The small buckle can be used to adjust the length of the strap so that the muzzle is snug. However, you don’t want your muzzle too tight. Greyhounds will run with their mouth wide open. A muzzle too tight can prevent them from getting as much air as possible. Untightened muzzles can fly off of the dogs’ heads or get around their necks. The judges will issue tickets if the muzzle is too loose. You should be able to pull the muzzle but it must not touch the nose. The muzzle should have enough space at its end to allow for a clear view of the nose.
To make your muzzle tighten, adjust the strap with the small buckle
- Greyhounds run with their mouth wide open. Muzzles that are too tight or too loose will prevent them taking in as much oxygen as possible.
After you’ve secured the muzzle to the dog’s head, place two fingers in between the jaw of your dog and the muzzle. You should find it easy to insert the muzzle if you have the correct tools. The muzzle may be too small or tight. You will have to get a bigger size. It will bounce too hard on the racer and obstruct the view if there is not enough room. In that instance, you might consider a smaller model.
- When you place the muzzle onto the dog, put two fingers between your jaws and the muzzle.
Mark the name of the dog on the muzzle. You will be able to determine if your muzzle suits the dog. Each dog may have their own racing muzzle if you have sufficient racing muzzles. Tape can be used to secure the buckle and keep the muzzle at the right length. Dogs who share their muzzles will need to adjust them when they go to another runner.
Greyhounds’ heads swell when they run. It will be tighter after the race than before.