the feared void. The moment the dog notices that you are going to the broom closet to fetch the vacuum, your pet turns into a monster and starts to growl, bark, and bite at it. While some of them tense up and hide, others don’t give a damn. And if using the vacuum wasn’t already a chore you loathed, you might now have to cope with a dog acting aggressively or fearfully toward it.

In light of this, the question, “Why are dogs afraid of the vacuum, and what can we do to help them?” naturally arises.

The Four Reasons Why Dogs Fear Vacuums

While some dogs don’t appear to be bothered by the vacuum machine, others shiver and scream like it’s thundering and lighting up. They are obnoxious and seem dangerous. Particularly the self-propelled ones, which are not only noisy but also emerge out of nowhere before dissipating. For a dog, the sudden motions can be frightening.

  1. Never saw a vacuum

The fact that dogs are not introduced to the vacuum cleaner gradually is one of the most frequent causes of adverse reactions. Suddenly, a loud, annoying equipment that moves everywhere and seems to be assaulting everything arrives. Naturally, your dog develops a frightened or protective attitude.

  1. Dog Is an Phobic Animal

Your dog might occasionally be anxious and afraid. These are the canines that generally exhibit fear. They are frightened and quickly startled by loud noises and unfamiliar objects.

  1. Negative past experiences

Other instances, it can be as a result of the dog’s unpleasant experience with a vacuum. Perhaps one got trapped in their tail or it was used as a punishment by a former owner.

  1. They believe the vacuum is unfriendly!

Then there are the breeds of worker dogs, who believe that the vacuum is disobedient. A working or herding dog can interpret the vacuum as stray animals or sheep that need to be corralled. They’ll start to chase and bark at the vacuum as a result. This could seem like fear, but it’s actually instinct, not fear.

Symptoms Your Dog May Fear the Vacuum

  • Urinating
  • slipping under the couch or into another room
  • Barking
  • striding 
  • salivating
  • searching for a way out
  • destructive chewing

How to Help Your Dog Who Has a Fear of the Vacuum

Desensitization techniques could reduce the fear of the vacuum. However, it will depend on the severity. The dog can be praised and given goodies while being gradually exposed to the vacuum.

Guide, Step-by-Step

  • Put the vacuum in the same room as the dog first, but without turning it on.
  • The next step is to gradually bring the dog closer to the vacuum by placing goodies closer and closer, finally placing them on the vacuum while it is off.
  • Finally, try starting the vacuum while the dog is still in the same room.

As with any type of training or desensitization, it can take time, and you could become impatient. To avoid making the dog more stressed, avoid being harsh and be patient.

You might not want to press the matter with sensitive and anxious canines. The dog’s environment can then be controlled by placing it in a closed space while you vacuum. Give it a puzzle toy or other activity to keep it occupied, and then turn on some music or the television.


Although every dog will respond to the vacuum cleaner differently, most of them will react in some way to this enormous piece of equipment that is invading their space and producing loud noises. Keep in mind that some dogs may herd it out of instinct while others will run and hide from it if they are naturally scared.

You can either regulate the atmosphere to lessen the dog’s stress or desensitize your dog so that it becomes accustomed to the vacuum. If there is such a thing as a more enjoyable cleaning experience, this will create it!