The classic battle between dogs and vacuum cleaners never seems to end. Perhaps many dog owners can relate to that statement. Surprisingly, getting your dog to stop barking at the vacuum is relatively easy. This dog trainer demonstrates how to do that.
Victoria Stilwell visits the home of a couple who owns a small dog. The dog is named Cookie, and she hates the vacuum cleaner with all her heart. Whenever her owners turn the cleaner on, Cookie would bark non-stop and try to bite it as well.
Victoria’s goal is to condition Cookie to see the vacuum cleaner in a different light. She shows the couple her classic technique on positive reinforcement and positive association with treats. She asks the couple to take out the vacuum without turning it on. Then Victoria does her magic.
Victoria places food all over the cleaner for Cookie to eat. She explains how a dog’s sense of smell is more potent than their other senses. What the trainer is doing is also conditioning Cookie to associate the cleaner with treats.
It took a lot of courage for Cookie to face her worst enemy. The couple is happy to see that a solution was possible. After the demonstration, it was their turn to train Cookie. There was a setback at first with having Cookie learn the touch command, but she eventually got the hang of it.
The real test for Cookie was yet to come. The couple hasn’t turned on the vacuum cleaner yet. A few days later, Victoria Stilwell came back with another object. It’s a toy filled with peanut butter. The goal was to distract Cookie with that toy while the vacuum cleaner was running.
Cookie was so into her new toy that she didn’t even notice the vacuum is turned on. The couple was also in awe and couldn’t believe what was happening. Cookie was aggressive towards the vacuum ever since she was a puppy, but it all changed thanks to Victoria.
Video courtesy of It’s Me or The Dog via YouTube.