Quietest Vacuums for Dogs
Imagine you're confronted by a creature that inhaled everything and wouldn't stop screaming. How would you react? Most of us would follow one of two courses of action: run or hide.Imagine this and you've got a pretty good idea of what your dog goes through every time you vacuum. It's that classic case of dog versus vacuum. You flip on the switch and you've instantly got a stand off match between your pooch and your vac.On the other hand, maybe your dog is the type that runs and hides under the chair or behind the couch.
Either way there's a very practical reason for your dog's reaction. Dogs have super sensitive hearing that is considerably more powerful than human hearing. So while we just hear a loud obnoxious vacuum running, dogs are actually hearing an ultrasonic range of high frequency sounds - which our ears can't pick up on
These sounds are either highly irritating or frightening to your pet pooch, and s/he is bound to get excited or worked up. When excited, dogs are too busy jumping around, whining or barking to listen to you.
However, there are a few things you can do to get your dog to calm down around a vacuum
- Introduce your dog to the vacuum while it is stationary. Leave the vacuum turned off and let your pet explore it and see there's no danger nor anything to be scared of.
- Vacuum after s/he's been walked. Hopefully s/he will be too tired to react to the noise.
- Dogs react to their environment. Calm environment equals calm dog. Loud noises, running children, yelling adults will put your dog in a stressful frame of mind.
- Yawn at your dog. Dogs yawn to calm themselves when feeling stressed, and seeing you own may trigger them to copy your move.
- Give your dog some one on one time before the vacuum gets turned on. This will also help them relax.
- Don't punish your pet for being scared or aggressive.
- Stay calm. Teasing your dog with the vacuum (even once) or getting overly excited will cause your dog to react.
- Keep your pet in a different room while you vacuum
- Distract him/her pre-vacuuming by giving him/her a treat.
- Invest in a quiet vacuum.
Affordable, Highly-Rated and Quiet
There is another option if locking your dog in another room sounds cruel, if you're tired of having teeth marks on your vac, and if you don't have the patience for your dog to finally become desensitized to the noise.
When considering appliances, most dogs owners now take their pets into account - and hearing horror stories of the vacuum cleaner vs. the dog, many pet owners have invested a very minimal amount in a quiet vacuum. If this is the route you want to go in, you may want to consider the Hoover EmPower Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, which comes with a "Hush Mode" that allows you to vacuum quietly.
What is an Upright Vacuum?
There are many different types of vacuums - canisters, bagless, sticks and uprights. Each one boasts their own individual strengths. Upright vacuums are perhaps the most common, and these are excellent at cleaning large, clear carpet surfaces. Upright vacuums have a pump that is mounted above the suction area, with the bag mounted on the handle at a waist-high level. These types of vacuums usually have mechanical beaters and rotating brushes to help evenly distribute dust and debris. There are primarily two types of upright vacuums - single motor and dual motor. Single motor upright vacuums have a beater brush that is driven by the vacuum motor via belt, while the dual motor upright vacuum and beater brush are driven by 2 separate motors.
Why Go Bagless?
Bagless vacuums are much more user friendly. Since they only require a lever-pull to remove the bucket, emptying the vacuum deposit is made considerably easier. There's no need to change the bag anymore and the vacuums are reviewed to have a longer life than your with-bag counterparts.
If you decide to go the route of a quiet vacuum, not only will you have a happy dog, but you'll also have a happy family who will no longer be woken up by the racket of obnoxiously loud appliances.
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