The WA Government has amended the Dog Act 1976 and pet greyhounds no longer have to wear muzzles in public. However, the process at GAP links the muzzle coming off with the green collar going on. This shows the dog has been assessed by trained animal behaviourists. Everyone fostering to adopt or fostering a greyhound through GAP is issued a wire muzzle to be worn at all times in public areas, including when on walks. The foster period is the last step in the behaviour assessment and greyhounds can only receive a green collar once they have officially been adopted from GAP.
Anyone wishing to leave the muzzle on when introducing a greyhound to other pets, children, or new environments – such as a busy dog park – can rest assured the dog is used to wearing one. It does not hurt and they can drink normally while wearing it.