Teaching your dog not to fear face masks

  • Animals
  • Saturday, 13 Jun 2020

More countries are requiring face masks to be worn in public due to coronavirus – something that might unnerve your pet dog at first. — JONAS GUETTLER/dpa

It's not uncommon for dogs to be scared by people wearing face masks. Considering that many countries are now requiring people to cover their faces in public due to the coronavirus, it’s a good idea to help your pet get accustomed to the new situation.

Owners should show the masks to their dogs at home, advises a German animal group. Then the animal can sniff it and lose its skittishness.

Then the owner should put the mask on in a way that the dog notices that its human is behind it. With a few treats, the dog will quickly get over the fact that its owner looks different with a mask on.

If your dog is especially nervous, it’s a good idea to avoid places where lots of people gather at first. When the dog stays calm, that’s great. If it gets nervous, calm the dog and later reward it. – dpa

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