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  • Why does my dog bark at and attack the vacuum cleaner? How do I train him not to do this?

    This can be from a fear reaction or a territorial reaction to the vacuum cleaner or the noise that it makes. The best way to try to train him not do this is to desensitize her to the vacuum. You can start by pulling it out and not using it. Then reward him if he is calm. Then you can slowly start to turn it on and use it for short periods of time, and then again reward him if he is calm.

    Over time you can increase the amount of time that you use the vacuum until he is used to being around it. You should always reward him only when he is calm. If he gets excited or starts to attack it you should ignore him until he calms back down.


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