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Q: How do I get a 10 month old female yorkie to stop barking at the vacuum cleaner?

January 8, 2010 | By Mswildn1d4 | 4 answers | Expired: 1733 days ago

How do I get a 10 month old female yorkie to stop barking at the vacuum cleaner?

Everytime I try to run the vacuum cleaner she attacks it and barks her head off. Any time she barks I tell her no bark and she usually shuts up except for the vacuum cleaner. Any suggestions?

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Jillian
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Jan 08, 2010

first i would try desensitizing her to it by moving it around w/o turning it on while she's busy eating or getting attention from someone else. casually bring it closer and closer to her, ignoring her all the while. also turn it on and leave it stationary for a minute while you keep her occupied {and unexcited} about ten feet away.
when she quiets after hearing "no bark", is it b/c you got her attention or b/c she actually understands the command? the problem w/teaching dogs not to bark is that they have no reference of what "quiet" or "no bark" means unless they've learned the counter-command to speak. b/c yorkies are intelligent and naturally good at talking, you could probably teach her a proper "no bark" in just a couple of hours.
using a different source of stimulation aside from the vacuum {like a doorbell or a dog out front}, get her to bark and tell her "speak" along w/a treat when she does. practice this several times until she will actually bark on command. then continue w/the same motivation, but ignore her until she quiets on her own. when she does, face her again and looking her in the eyes say "no bark" and give her a treat. practice this until she will quit on command every time you say it.
you can also try using the "leave it" command for the attacks. offer her something of value in one hand and as she goes for it, say leave it while you hand her a treat w/your other hand. this one usually takes some practice getting the timing right, but you'll get the hang of it fast. once you've shown her a few times that she'll get a treat at the words "leave it", you can slow your pace w/the treat a little. once she learns to ignore the object and wait for the treat on command, she's ready to try it in real life.
between these commands and desensitizing her to the vacuum, she should learn to ignore it. if you don't already, start taking her for a long daily walk {about 40 minutes}. your post doesn't tell me if she's acting out of fear or if it's more of a game for her, but both reasons can benefit from proper exercise.

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daryl b.
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Jan 09, 2010

it is odd that so many dogs bark at the vacumm. it makes me wonder if it hurts their ears. you know like some sirens

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Alisa
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Jan 09, 2010

I have a Jack Russell that does the same thing. But he holds on to it and I drag him around while I vaccum. He's 3 years old and has done it since he was a puppy. But after a couple minutes he runs off and just watches...Maybe it's a dog thing...lol

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