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When Basil came back to me at 8.5 months, she was scared to death of everything including the vacuum... When I first got her back, she would run to the opposite side of my house when I vacuumed. I totally ignored her. It took months, maybe a year...before it didn't really bother her. Now, when I vacuum, she just quietly moves to another part of the room, like several of my other dogs, including her mother, do...

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When our precious Barkley (RIP dear one!) was alive I could barely get things vacuumed because he'd run up to it and want me to vaccum him! He LOVED it and it was a great way to get some of the loose fur out. I sure miss that boy!

I just vacuumed my downstairs a few minutes ago. Yogi was sitting calmly in his x-pen and had absolutely no reaction to the vacuum as I was next to him. He was probably wondering why I wasn't holding him, but the truth is he's getting big!
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Hank would try to bite the vaccum and brooms when he was little but soon out grew it. I just carried on and ignored him. Just today I was vaccuming and he just laid in my path, I finally had to tell him to move.

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I think if she has a place to go to, I'd just let her do that and carry on as normal. Your matter of fact attitude will eventually convince her it is no big deal. How is she around hair dryers?

Ok, not her favorite thing though. She hears it everyday when I dry my hair, it's only when it's turned on her that she has an issue and it's really not a big one....just runs around the bathroom, sometimes standing there, sometimes making a bitey face!
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Would you be able to hold her while you vacuum? I did that with Yogi and he doesn't seem to react to it, though he's a little curious about it when he's in his pen and I'm getting close.

Maybe, I'll try it, but I don't want to stress her out about it more than she was today. I'm going to go vacuum my bedroom with the door shut and see how she does. DH is home and I'll have him play on the floor with her. You know make it no big deal doing something she loves. If she handles that ok, then I'll do the hallway leading to the kitchen and so on and so forth...
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Thanks everyone. The vacuum has been in the LR all day. She isn't even paying attention to it now. I will try some of the things suggested, in a matter of fact way. I was just so surprised because she didn't even bat an eye the last two times, nor when I got the shampoo machine out to clean up her accident. That's why I'm wondering if she is having a bit of a fear period!!!
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So I just got done vacuuming the back of the house....It went ok. We started with Sage in the LR while I did one bedroom and the den. Then hubby walked back with her in his arms while I was doing our room. She seemed ok so he handed her to me while I finished...still ok. I think I will try holding her the next few times for sure, but only with hubby home in case there is an issue....Thanks again everyone!
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So I just got done vacuuming the back of the house....It went ok. We started with Sage in the LR while I did one bedroom and the den. Then hubby walked back with her in his arms while I was doing our room. She seemed ok so he handed her to me while I finished...still ok. I think I will try holding her the next few times for sure, but only with hubby home in case there is an issue....Thanks again everyone!
I'm glad that worked! My theory is to make as much household noise as possible with the pup right there so the pup is conditioned that it is normal and nothing to be concerned about. We've run a lot of loud appliances in the past 4 weeks! We even have lawn workers in our neighborhood blowing leaves and such so we took him out for a listen. I'm hoping by the time the lawn mowing season starts he won't be upset by that noise.

Yogi had a "conversation" with our broom the other day that was pretty funny! For some reason it got his attention and he was telling it off in no uncertain terms!
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