Help! My Pet Hates the Vacuum Cleaner!
If your dog goes wild when you turn on the vacuum, this article is for you. Pets tend to react out of fear when they see a foreign object moving and making a loud noise, but with patience and the right training, you can prevent the pet freak-out from happening again. Here are a few tips to help you introduce your dog to the vacuum:
- Step 1: Leave the vacuum out, turned off, for your pet to see. They'll learn that the object itself is not to be feared. If they still act scared, give them some time to get used to the vacuum being stationary.
- Step 2: Turn your vacuum on, but don't move it. The noise itself is often the culprit of your pet's fear, so if you leave it on for a while without calling attention to it, they may eventually learn to tolerate the noise. Feed them a treat once they begin to act normally around the vacuum.
- Step 3: Move the vacuum without turning it on. Your pet may also be upset at the movement of the vacuum and want to attack it. If they try to attack the vacuum, have someone else calmly move them farther away from you, and give them a treat when they calm down. Repeat this process until your pet is more comfortable.
- Step 4: Vacuum like normal. Giving your dog food or treats when they behave normally around the vacuum will help to reinforce good behavior.
When a regular vacuum makes too much noise for your dog or cat, a robot vacuum may be just what you need! Powerful enough to pick up pet hair, and small and quiet enough to stay discreet, a robot vacuum could be the solution you've been looking for.