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Dogs and vacuum cleaners!

Does your dog attack and chase the vacuum cleaner when you are trying to clean?

Rather than giving up and living in a house full of dust bunnies try these very easy steps:

  • 1) Pull out the vacuum cleaner without turning it on.
  • 2) Click/reward any glance toward vacuum and remaining calm.
  • 3) Allow the dog to “check out” the vacuum. Again reward the dog for remaining calm.
  • 4) When the dog is brave enough to approach the vacuum, start moving the vacuum back and forth a tiny bit without turning it on. Again reward the dog for staying calm.
  • 5) If close proximity to the vacuum is too arousing, increase the distance between your dog and the vacuum.
  • 6) Ask you dog to sit and move the vacuum back and forth without turning it on.
  • 7) Reward the dog for remaining calm.
  • 8) If your dog is successful: Turn on the vacuum, but do not move it around.
  • 9) Reward you dog for remaining calm.
  • 10) If the dog gets nervous increase the distance between vacuum and dog.
  • 11) Finally: Combine the motor noise of the vacuum and moving it around at the same time.
  • 12) Again reward the dog for remaining calm.

If at any point in time your dog gets stressed out or tired go back to a previous and easier step to allow the dog to be successful again. End the session then and there with lots of praise. Always end a lesson on a positive note.

Most dogs can learn to tolerate the vacuum in a very short period of time.

A very small investment in time and effort to make vacuuming stress free for everybody in your household forever!

  1. How adorable! Such manners for Nono and Sia. Very creative on the adults end.

    Comment by karen on June 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  2. That is totally hilarious! Great job and really fun to watch!

    Comment by Fran on June 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  3. Actually my friend and website designer Kendra Dixson was the person who sent me the video. So 99% of the credit goes to her!

    Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2011 at 7:55 am
  4. Hee hee, well a good friend of mine forwarded it to me so the list goes on. I think it is so cute and I’m amazed at how well the dogs are behaved, although you do see a little help from the human hands so they don’t dive their noses into their dish. lol

    Comment by Kendra Dixson on June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm
  5. yes the dogs are great! I also liked HOW they helped the dogs by pretending it was a human “putting your chin in your hands” gesture. It is most entertaining.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on June 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm