Covid 19 updates and tips

Vinny

DR & CRR Founder, Consultant Lead
Staff member
As always please do your research and common sense when taking any advise.


Now that we are in the next stage with this crisis we will be observing many dogs being fearful of our mask.

Yep all the humans are now wearing muzzles 🤷‍♂️

As we know many dogs where never socialized around mask during puppyhood.

Therefore you might be observing your dog having some fear/anxiety or evening escalating into some type of aggression. No worries we can desensitize them slowly to a mask and even other people wearing a mask.

Grab some soft eating food/treats that your dog can consume fast. To get a quicker emotional response use your dogs favorite rewards even if it’s tug or fetch.

1-Grab a mask put it in one hand and food In the other. Then place both hands behind your back. (Or tug/fetch toy).

2- Introduce mask (show your dog) When he sees the mask say the word yes (or your choice of marker word/clicker) and drop food/reinforce. Repeat a few times.

3- Introduce the mask and wait a second or two and see if your dog looks at mask, to you or your treat hand. If he does either of these mark (yes/reinforces) give food. This is a sign that you are already changing a emotional response from fear to something good. If not repeat steps one and two again.

4- Slowly progress to raising the mask up to your face and repeat steps one and two until you are wearing your mask....go slow and at your dogs pace. Always set them up for success.

5- When you take it outside with strangers. Your dog sees a stranger with mask mark (yes/reinforce ) treat. I would start from a long distance to help your dog not go over threshold. Basically stay far enough away where he doesn’t react or get fearful.

We want our dogs to see a mask and now it turns into a predictor of good things (food, tug, good things). In behavior modifications the technical term will be COUNTER CLASSICAL CONDITIONING and a more detailed definition will be in comments. Just in case anyone is interested in the science 🙂

Notes:

1- Desensitization
The process of increasing an animal’s tolerance to a particular stimulus by gradually increasing the presence of the stimulus. In psychology, desensitization is defined as the diminished emotional responsiveness to a negative or aversive stimulus after repeated (gradually) exposure to it.

2-Marker
A signal through conditioning indicates a correct behavior that will result in reward. Typically, to be effective, the signal should be within 1.5 seconds of the behavior. A clicker is a marker.

Hope this helps and as always head over time our sister site forums for more questions.

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Vinny

DR & CRR Founder, Consultant Lead
Staff member
Human to dog transfer of covid-19

There still has been no changes in regards to pets according to CDC and other professionals. Same precautions applies: Just be cautious and keep up with social distance from your pets if you are sick or anyone in the house hold. If your dog shows any symptoms related to the virus contact your vet ASAP. Check our FB page for more tips and info

As of 4/30 there has been one alleged dog that caught covid-19 and a few lions or tigers at a zoo. No evidence of dog to human transfers yet. Please use common sense and follow CDC or reliable sources anytime you get information.
 

Vinny

DR & CRR Founder, Consultant Lead
Staff member
Is your dog going to have some level of separation anxiety when you go back to work? Covid - 19

Now that many of us are home a lot more with our furry friends, remember this can also be stressful for many dogs.What happens when we go back to some kind of normal and leave our dogs home alone again? Hear are some simple tips...

 

Vinny

DR & CRR Founder, Consultant Lead
Staff member
Human to dog transfer of covid-19

There still has been no changes in regards to pets according to CDC and other professionals. Same precautions applies: Just be cautious and keep up with social distance from your pets if you are sick or anyone in the house hold. If your dog shows any symptoms related to the virus contact your vet ASAP. Check our FB page for more tips and info

As of 4/30 there has been one alleged dog that caught covid-19 and a few lions or tigers at a zoo. No evidence of dog to human transfers yet. Please use common sense and follow CDC or reliable sources anytime you get information.
New update from CDC on dogs. They are now recommending social distance for dogs too. No more doggie friends until they collect more data. They still state no evidence of dog to human spread only human to dog.

Stay safe.

 

ReichertCaleb

New member
My dog still has no suspicious signs but at this time we should be very alert, the disease is still there.
Hope to take measures soon.
 
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