It’s not just people who are struggling to come to terms with the ever-changing guidelines for using face coverings
People who wear masks can confuse an animal and feel confused and concerned about not being able to read human facial expressions or cues.
Dogs excel at reading body language and can recognize tiny changes in expression.
Face masks prevent a dog from reading them and this can make them anxious or anxious at times. Certain masks or face coverings can also mute or alter the sound of an owner’s voice, which can be confusing to a dog, according to Battersea Dogs’ Home experts.
Given this difficulty, Sean McCormack, senior veterinarian at the canine nutritionist tails.com shares his step-by-step guide on training our furry friends not to fear face masks or covers.
Here’s how to teach a pet to get acquainted with an owner wearing a face covering.
In order to teach our dogs that a face mask is not fear, it is important that they get used to masks first at home or in a familiar place where they can relax.
If your dog is still uncomfortable, place the mask on the floor a little away from you and play with them for some time. When you are done playing, put the mask away and try again the next day.
Hold your hand over his mouth and nose for a moment and give your dog a treat. Repeat this several times so they get used to the fact that your face is slightly obscured and learn that this means a treat is coming their way.
Next, keep talking to your dog while covering their mouth and nose with them who are used to hearing you speak without seeing your mouth move.
Seeing our faces move is very important for dogs, so it can take a while to get used to. Repeat this several times to make your dog comfortable talking with his face covered.