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MK Vet Group Guide to getting your pet used to a face mask

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
To animals, an owner wearing a face mask, can make them nervous. To help your pet feel more comfortable seeing you in a facemask follow our 4 easy steps:
  1. Start by showing your pet your face mask by simply holding it for them to sniff and investigate. Perform this step in a calm manner and rewarding them with a treat when they approach and sniff the face mask, this ensures positive enforcement towards the item.
  2. Next step is to wear the face mask in front of your pet, so put the mask on and keep it on for a short amount of time, starting from a few seconds and remove it again, gradually increasing the time frequently each time. Make sure you do not make any action that may scare your pet when you have the mask on. If they respond well to the mask being on, provide praise and a treat to your pet.
  3. Within your home, try walking into the room where your pet is, wearing a mask and again reward with a treat if they respond well. Repeat doing this in a sporadic approach and consider also returning home with your face mask on if you have popped out. Always make sure to reward positive behaviour.
  4. When your pet is comfortable with seeing you wearing a mask, you can try encounters with someone else wearing a mask out on a walk or a visitor to your home. Making sure to provide a treat for any positivity.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet at this current time, please contact us on 01908 397777.

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