How to Keep a Dog from Chasing the Vacuum Cleaner
Posted by Laura McMann on August 6th, 2019
1: Keeping Your Dog Away from the Vacuum Cleaner
1. Put your dog in its crate. To prevent your dog from chasing the vacuum cleaner, crate your dog. Put it in its crate and close the door. This way, when you vacuum, your dog cannot chase the vacuum cleaner.
2. Let your dog play outside while you vacuum. If you have access to a front or back yard, let your dog outside while you vacuum. Put a few toys out in the yard or give your dog a bone to enjoy in the yard so they are not indoors. This can then make it easier for you to vacuum without the dog chasing it.
3. Use a gate to keep your dog in a separate room. If you cannot let your dog outdoors or want to keep them indoors, use a doggy gate to secure them in a separate room while you vacuum. This could be a back room in your home or an area by the back door. Make sure the gate or fence is secure before you start vacuuming.
1. Tell your dog to “stay” in another room. Use obedience training like the “stay” command to get your dog to stop chasing the vacuum cleaner. Tell your dog to stay in another room. Reward them with a treat when they sit and stay. Have them stay while you vacuum. Reward them again if they stay in place and do not run or chase the vacuum cleaner.
2. Have your dog "lie down" in another room. Another way to neutralize your dog and get them to stay calm while you vacuum is to instruct them to “lie down” in another room. Reward them with a treat when they lie down and tell them to “stay.” This will ensure they do not get up and chase after the vacuum cleaner.
3. Instruct your dog to “go to their place” while you vacuum. If your dog knows the “go to your place” command, use it when you vacuum. Your dog may have a designated place or spot that they go to to relax and calm down when someone is at the door or there is commotion outside. This could be their bed, a spot on the floor, or a spot by the door. Reward your dog with a treat once they go to their place and instruct them to stay there until you call them.
1. Put your dog on its leash. Desensitizing your dog to the vacuum cleaner is a process that requires patience and consistency. Start by putting your dog on a leash and holding the leash in your hand. This will give you control over your dog while you work on desensitizing them to the sight and sound of the vacuum.
2. Get your dog used to the presence of the vacuum cleaner. Take the vacuum and unroll the cord. Your dog may react to the sound of the cord. Speak to them in a calm voice and instruct them to relax. Reward them with a treat if they do not run or chase after the vacuum upon seeing it.
3. Run the vacuum cleaner back and forth in front of your dog. Start with the vacuum unplugged to get your dog used to seeing the vacuum moving back and forth in front of them. Then, plug it in and move it back and forth slowly in front of your dog. The goal is to get your dog used to the movements of the vacuum without chasing or running after it.
4. Reinforce positive behavior with treats and praise. As you go through the process of desensitizing your dog to the vacuum cleaner, continue to reinforce their positive behavior. Give them treats and verbal praise like “good job!” or “great going!” when they stay calm around the vacuum cleaner.
5. Repeat until the dog is calm around the vacuum cleaner. Repeat these steps several times until your dog appears calm around the vacuum cleaner when it is on and moving around the room. Once they appear relaxed around the vacuum cleaner, take them off the leash. Let them sit in the room while you vacuum. Reward them with a treat if they stay calm and do not chase the vacuum cleaner while it is on.
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About the AuthorLaura McMann
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