Puppy’s First Year –
Introducing Puppy to Vacuum
Everything in a puppy’s young life is full of firsts – first walk, first car ride, first trip to the vet, first time meeting other dogs.
But let’s talk about the first time you introduce your puppy to the vacuum.
Sharing my home with two dogs and two cats you can be sure that my vacuum is working double duty, so the last thing I want is a dog who is frightened, chases, or barks at the vacuum – although this might be a great excuse not to vacuum 😉
I’m sure before my puppy Edna came home to me at 11 weeks of age she had been exposed to a vacuum, or at least the noise of one, but since I didn’t know her reaction, I wanted to take it slow and easy when introducing her to our vacuum.
How I introduced my puppy to the vacuum
The first step when introducing my puppy to the vacuum was just leaving the vacuum in the middle of the room without turning it on. I encouraged my puppy with treats and praise each time she came close to or touched the vacuum. I wanted Edna to feel comfortable and confident enough to stand next to the vacuum, sniff it, and understand it was not her arch-enemy.
Once Edna seemed comfortable enough with the vacuum I turned it on but still left it standing in place. I acted as if the noise coming from the vacuum was no different than any of the other noises in the house – the tv, stereo, even the dishwasher.
With the vacuum on, I began guiding Edna towards it, treating and praising her the entire time, letting her know the vacuum is nothing to be frightened or fearful of. In the video below, you will notice how Edna looks up at my dog Edie to view her (non) reaction as well.
Please excuse the quality of the video, you know those times you wished you had an extra set of hands to help out. I was trying to give treats with one hand, gage Edna’s reaction to the vacuum and video with the other hand 😉
There’s nothing fun about a dog that barks at the vacuum when all you want is to clean the house!
Next step was moving the turned on vacuum. The one thing I did not want was to make a game of vacuuming, meaning, I didn’t want a puppy that chases or barks at the vacuum head!
Watching a cute little puppy, with their cute little barks trying to be brave and fierce going after a vacuum may seem funny at the time, but it’s not so funny when they are older and all you want is to get the house cleaned!
Overall I am quite pleased with Edna’s reaction to the vacuum, I still have to take it slow when cleaning, not because she is frightened, but because she tries to turn it into a game. So what used to take me 30 minutes to vacuum my home now takes almost 30 minutes to vacuum one room with a puppy!
What’s your dog’s experience with vacuums – love them or hate them?