Dogs can be afraid of sounds, things, and people. One such fear is the fear of brooms. But why are dogs afraid of brooms?
The fear of brooms in dogs has nothing to do with Witches and Halloween. It has everything to do with;
Fear of sounds
It is important to socialize a dog early to new sites and smells. This socialization should be frequent and done in an environment that is non-threatening to the dog.
If your pup runs for it whenever you pick up a broom, it is because he is unsure of it. But as he watches you using the broom, the dog will soon realize it’s harmless. If it does not harm its favorite human, then it will not harm them.
Dogs have sensitive ears that can sense even the slightest of sounds. The sound of a broom brushing against the floor could be too loud for your pup to bear. Some dogs will flee to the sound of a vacuum cleaner as well.
A dog that is afraid of a broom could have had past negative experiences with one. A rescue dog will fear brooms if their past owners used to beat them with it. A broom is a symbol of pain and fear for the dog.
Small breeds with traumatic experiences will shiver and whine whenever they see you holding a broom. Large dogs will destroy the broom to pieces whenever they have a chance.
Socializing your dog to not fear brooms is the only option. This should be done gradually and in a reward-based manner.
A dog that suddenly becomes afraid of brooms could be having an underlying psychological problem. Besides a broom, a dog could also be afraid of other objects in the house. You could also notice other weird behavior like eating rocks or growling at nothing.
How to train a dog not to fear brooms
It is possible to socialize your dog to like a broom. The secret is associating the broom with a pleasant reward like a toy or treat.
Step by step tips
Next time you pick up a broom, have a favorite toy or treat in hand
Let your dog come to you as you stand holding the broom
When the dog looks hesitant, wave their favorite treat or toy at them
As the dog gets excited, toss the treat to him
Repeat this severally until your dog is accustomed to you holding a broom
Now try holding the broom and call your dog
If they come closer, reward them with more treats
Repeat the same procedure when sweeping with a broom
With time, your dog gradually learns that a broom is nothing to be afraid of
Distract your dog with a toy or treat whenever you are about to sweep. This helps them detach from the negative feeling of fear and choose excitement for the toy or treat at hand.
Consult an animal training and behavioral expert if the problem persists. Also, if your dog shows other weird habits besides fearing brooms, take them to a vet for a checkup.