Every time I get out the vacuum cleaner, my dog barks. Why is that, and what can I do about it?
Loud appliances like a vacuum cleaner, blender, lawnmower, or even a loud television can be very stressful for a dog. Dogs that are sensitive to noise to begin with might start to panic at even the slightest increase in general noise around the house. He might bark, whine, or go off into another room and chew something he's not supposed to. These are behaviors he's displaying to try and calm himself.
You can help him in a few ways
- Let the vacuum cleaner sit, unplugged and turned off, in the middle of the floor. Place some treats around it, and let your dog "get to know" it when it's off.
- Feed your dog in one room while you're vacuuming the rest of the house.
- Try wrapping your dog in a Comfort Zone Calming Vest a few hours before vacuuming. The vest produces a swaddling-like effect by offering your dog constant, gentle pressure to relieve stress.