After wrestling with the decision for several weeks, my fiance and I decided that it would be best for Chase to get him a muzzle, temporarily. This was a very very difficult decision for me because I do not like the idea of a muzzle at all!!
I feel like the worst mom on the planet, and a piece of me feels like this means I am giving up on Chase.
We decided that this would be best to keep Chase safe. We are still in the process of finding our own home and while we are at my grandfather's house we are forced to deal with the hoards of weekend guests they have over, EVERY WEEKEND. While people are over here we ask them to cooperate with our "No talk, no touch no eye contact" rule but unfortunately this hasn't always worked out. Chase also gets very excited/nervous when people are over here so he doesn't always listen when we try to correct him from barking and growling. I am afraid that he will actually bite a stranger one day and they will not be forgiving. I know that if he were to bite someone he is then at risk of being "put down," which would absolutely kill me.
He has gotten somewhat better around new people but sometimes he just gets overwhelmed and I can not get his attention to calm him down. I have started working with him to associate the muzzle with treats and praise. This way it will be no different for him than wearing a halter while on a walk.
This is only a temporary precaution to keep Chase safe while still being able to socialize him.
I know it's my fault that he was not properly socialized in the first place and now we are both paying the price for it. What a horrible mom.
I have faith that he can and will be socialized, he just needs more practice and the right "strangers" to remain calm and not be afraid of him. I am doing everything I can to fix the mistake I made when not socializing him.
His muzzle is a Basketerville muzzle, which allows him to drink, open his mouth and even receive treats but keeps him from being able to snap or nip at people.
Again, I know, I'm a horrible Corgi mom and it's completely my fault for not properly socializing him when he was younger but I'm doing everything I can to keep my baby safe from the wrong people.