I have a fear biter. Stewart came from the pound 10 months ago, and when I brought him home, and up until about 3 months ago, he was a fear biter. The only thing that the folks at the pound knew was that he was abused and a stray. When he got scared he would lash out and bite someone...never hard, but hard enough to shock them. At first I thought he was just trying to protect me, but then he bit someone when I wasn't around (he was at my parent's house), and I realized that we had a major problem.
I worked with him on de-sensitization and conditioning. I would walk him where a lot of people would be, and took him to the park among other places. And especially to the petstore, where I knew we would see other dogs and more people. And I enrolled both of us in obedience classes. He wouldn't go near the door at first, but the more I tried to bring him around other people, the better he got. And now I wouldn't say he's always friendly, but he's gotten SO much better! And now we actually teach obedience class.
As for the vacuum cleaner, I've met very few dogs who actually like it. With Stewart, I would roll it around the floor without it on, to just get him used to it. He's still afraid of it, but doesn't run and hide like he used to.
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I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter... the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. "God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?" God was silent for a moment, and then He spoke softly. "I have done something," He replied. "I created You."
~ Jim Willis, Author, Animal Rights Activist