Most dogs do not like vacuums and will take off running the minute a vacuum cleaner goes on near them.
Each dog is different, and there are some dogs that don’t pay the slightest attention to a running vacuum. However, for most dogs, vacuums are scary devices. It is not surprising to see a dog cowering in the corner or even leaving the room the minute you switch on a vacuum.
Why Are Dogs Scared Of Vacuums?
The main reason why dogs are scared of vacuums is because of the loud noise that vacuums make. Dogs’ ears are a lot more sensitive compared to our (human) ears. Therefore, the loud noise the vacuum makes is even louder to your four legged buddy, which makes it irritating.
In addition, the noise produced by the vacuum is usually high-frequency sound. This can be annoying or frightening to most dogs.
The other reason why dogs are scared of vacuums is because of the vacuum’s confusing odor. Unlike humans, who have a very limited sense of smell, your dog’s sense of smell is highly developed and plays a major role in helping them understand the world around them.
During cleaning, a vacuum picks up multiple odors from all the dirt it is sucking up. Having multiple odors coming from the same item can be very confusing for dogs, who don’t know what to make of this strange-looking device without a specific scent profile.
As a result, most dogs see vacuums as something to be feared.
How To Get Your Dog Used To Vacuuming
If dogs are scared of vacuums, how then do you vacuum your dog? Fortunately, there are some things you can do to change your canine buddy’s perception of vacuums.
The best way to get your dog comfortable around a vacuum is to get your dog exposed to vacuums from puppyhood. If your dog has seen a vacuum being used since they were a puppy, they are unlikely to see it as something threatening.
If your dog is already an adult, what you can do to get them used to vacuums is to gradually build up their exposure to vacuums. For instance, you can start by bringing a vacuum into the room without switching it on.
Once your dog is comfortable being around a switched-off vacuum, start switching on the vacuum some distance away from the dog. Continue moving the vacuum closer until your dog is comfortable with having a running vacuum around them. Every time your dog stays around after you switch on the vacuum, give them a treat.