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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Attacking the Hoover and the Mop

Have a 4 month old pup, who barks/growls at the Hoover not really aggressively more a protective WTH is this kind of way and chases and bites the mop and the broom which he thinks is a big game and despite 'leave it' which stops him for aLL of a few seconds, once motion starts he just can't help himself. So far just been using the leave it which he's pretty good on will stop even when in mid chase of a flirt pole, or else relax, stop ECT for the hoover but when it comes to me cleaning the house or the backyard he just seems intent on making it as difficult as possible. I know this is normal puppy behaviour but any tips or tricks to help curb it would be really helpful.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 10:13 AM
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Seems like a good time to teach the leave it and out commands. Bring treats and reward when he does it.

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Put him in the crate until you teach him "leave it". It saves on buying new mop heads and encouraging this behavior. You can't teach him anything while his brain is fully engaged in hoover prey drive. He'll let up on it in the next couple of months. Mine is 9 months old and I was able to vacuum with her uncrated for the first time last week.

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"Hoover prey drive"...LOL!
I didn't know that was a thing! :-)

I have enough trouble already dealing with deer, bunny and cat prey drive.
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think about this. Your machine is in the classic down-in-the-front play pose. It growls. It smells like everything in the house all mixed together. What's not to like! I used tossed treats to teach my big-boy to ignore one hover/ vacuum but our big heavy duty machine was even more exciting. Now I have him jump up on the furniture to bark his fool head off while I clean the floors. It comes in handy when he is outside on a really nice day and I know he won't want to come in. If I run my vacuum he'll want to come in and examine the house and sniff the machine when I am done.

He doesn't bark at the broom or mop in the house. He does bark at the shovel and wants me to throw snow. I have to be serious about that because i don't want him to hurt his teeth biting the shovel. He has broken my rake since I toss leaves into the air for him. It now becomes, "if you bite the rake the game is over". Work in progress. I just make it too much fun for him to be "naughty". My own fault and it is my responsibility he doesn't get carried away.
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That brought back memories! I left the vacuum cleaner out in the family room, switched off, for a few days. Nitro then got used to the vacuum switched on doing nothing. I then threw his ball down the hall for him to chase while I vacuumed a few strokes.I redirected his prey drive from the vacuum cleaner to the ball. I lengthened my vacuuming while throwing the ball sessions. It didn't take long for him to ignore the vacuum cleaner and faze out the ball throwing.
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Someone gave me an upright vacuum that is good with dog hair and my boy growls and bites it. He doesn’t bother the cannister vac, only the upright. I’m not sure why except it makes a very loud high pitched whiney noise that might hurt his ears.
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Crate time. :-)
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I second crate time.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-23-2019, 01:14 AM
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I remember these days with both my boys. I kind of miss it lol! My dobie I had to crate he made it so impossible.
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