why does my dog attack the vacuum
Some Fear It, Some Don't
The vacuum being loud and threatening might explain why your dog barks or tries to attack it. Some herding dogs might even try to round it up. But some dogs arenБt affected by the vacuum cleaner. Whether a dog is fearful or not could be inherited, or something might have happened when your dog was a puppy to cause him to be fearful. A dog whoБs afraid of the vacuum cleaner might also be afraid of the lawn mower or of thunderstorms, for instance. Vacuum cleaners are particularly scary because they are used in enclosed rooms, which could make your dog feel trapped, says Kathy Diamond Davis, author of БTherapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others,Б on VeterinaryPartner. com.
Unfortunately, there is always the possibility that your pup has had a bad experience with a vacuum cleaner in their past. If you adopted or rescued your dog, it is hard to know what they have gone through before you. There are those out there who may have used the vacuum as a sort of torment, actually threatening your sweet little furbaby with a loud vacuum.
Over time this repeated negative exposure may have caused a phobia in your dog when it comes to vacuum cleaners. PIf you have a pooch that you adopted as an older dog, it may also be that he or she has never been exposed to a vacuum cleaner. This lack of exposure to something so loud and foreign can understandably make your pup uneasy. Not to mention that to a dog, vacuum cleaners can seem as though they attacking you. Your pup's protective instinct could lead them to attack the vacuum in your defense.
Even if your dog is not the most protective natured animal, their personality can have a lot to do with their aversion to vacuums. Some dogs are more genetically fearful and nervous than others. Something as loud and aggressive as a vacuum cleaner would certainly be quite threatening to a dog of this nature. And we all know that some dogs can become aggressive when they are afraid. So it would make sense that if the noisy machine frightens your pup and he or she may seemingly attack it to make it go away.
PAnother natural instinct that could explain your pup's assault on the vacuum is droving. Many breeds have been used to herd livestock and it is something that comes naturally to them. If they perceive the vacuum as a disobedient animal, your pup may go into herding mode. Asserting this instinct to herd can lead to what appears to be an aggressive attack. Barking and chasing unruly creatures is what some dogs have been bred to do.
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