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I followed this gradual plan for the vacuum in a book our breeder gave us on our puppy match day.
Step 1: Leave vacuum in play area with pup, turned off. The book said to approach vacuum with pup, tap the vacuum and say "Wanna play beep beep? Beep beep, wanna play?" When puppy was brave and investigated by sniffing and pawing, give praise and treats. Repeat 3 times a week and do NOT proceed to second stage until you're sure the puppy doesn't give a crap about the vacuum being off. (I knew Sasha was ready for stage 2 when she started sniffing it and cuddling up next to it like it was a teddy bear lol.)
Step 2: Holding the puppy, approach vacuum, tap it and say "Wanna play beep beep?" Puppy should not care about being held close to vacuum. Still holding pup, turn the vaccum on and just let it run without moving it. Encourage pup to sniff/explore. Perhaps gently take her paw and tap the vacuum while it's on. Whether she touches it herself or you guide her to touch it, praise and treat (I said what a smart, brave puppy constantly). I did this with Sasha until when I released her from holding she stopped running away and approached the vacuum, sniffed it, and would take treats from my hand even if I rested my hand on top of the running vacuum.
Step 3: This book said to do this step while the puppy was in its xpen or crate. Ask the beep beep question, turn it on and move the vacuum. The book said to encourage the puppy to come to the edge of the crate/pen closest to the moving vacuum to explore. Once it does, praise and treat.
Sasha is fine with the vacuum now and pretty much expects treats/food whenever it's on lol. Hope this helps somehow!