Does your dog attack and chase the vacuum or bark incessantly when you are trying to clean?

Rather than giving up and living in a house filled with 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!

Elisabeth Weiss is a highly certified, experienced dog trainer in Manhattan, NYC. To learn more about dog training services, contact us by phone at (917) 783-1473 or our contact form.

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