What is it with dogs and the vacuum cleaner? Most dogs I've known have chased the cleaner head back and forth, in a really bizarre, fixated kind of way very different from their other attack or play behaviors. Saskia just started about three months ago, with the full-on "attacking" it thing, tail wagging frantically, front end on the floor, terrible, goofy noises coming out of the dog, the works. It's absolutely hilarious. I've been meaning to post about it for a while. It's just such an ODD behavior to be shared by so many dogs!
Katrina
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What is it with dogs and the vacuum cleaner? Most dogs I've known have chased the cleaner head back and ... post about it for a while. It's just such an ODD behavior to be shared by so many dogs! Katrina

I have been vacuuming my 3 week old puppies daily, mainly because I recognize this trait in dogs to be a big deal. My puppies seem to enjoy their daily vacuuming, and hopefully in the future, a vacuum cleaner won't be a big deal.
What is it with dogs and the vacuum cleaner? Most ... ODD behavior to be shared by so many dogs! Katrina

I have been vacuuming my 3 week old puppies daily, mainly because I recognize this trait in dogs to be a big deal. My puppies seem to enjoy their daily vacuuming, and hopefully in the future, a vacuum cleaner won't be a big deal.

Well, Saskia ignored the vacuum cleaner completely until about three months ago, and now is clearly having a grand time playing with it, but what you're doing still strikes me as a good idea anyway.
Katrina
Well, Saskia ignored the vacuum cleaner completely until about three months ago, and now is clearly having a grand time playing with it, but what you're doing still strikes me as a good idea anyway.

i've done the same sort of thing with my cats and the hair dryer, to the point that when i turn it on, they come a-runnin' even the tweaky feral boy. they know hair dryer = petting.
harriet is meh about the vacuum, aside from hopping up on the furniture so that she's out of its path. elliott used to pick up all the stray toys while i vacuumed, putting them away in the toy box. i have no idea what his thought processes were, but it certainly made my life easier to have a trainee housekeeper.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
I have been vacuuming my 3 week old puppies daily, mainly because I recognize this trait in dogs to be a big deal. My puppies seem to enjoy their daily vacuuming, and hopefully in the future, a vacuum cleaner won't be a big deal.

I've created vacuum monsters by doing this. Get out the vacuum and the dogs want their fair share. Harder to get the house clean when you're busy cleaning the dogs!
One of Rudy's former homes reported that he's afraid of the vacuum. He's my shadow when I use the damn thing, so I have no idea what the heck they saw!

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
elliott used to pick up all the stray toys while i vacuumed, putting them away in the toy box.

That's adorable!
The opposite occurs at my house I put the toys in the box and Queenie takes them all out again, immediately.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
That's adorable!

it really was. he was super cute about it.
The opposite occurs at my house I put the toys in the box and Queenie takes them all out again, immediately.

well, i left that part out of the story. harriet would promptly, as soon as i was finished vacuuming, strew the toys to kingdom come and back again.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
Max runs for his life from the vacuum cleaner. Straight downstairs until I turn it off.
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