Dewey, a 1-year old Australian Shepherd, is extremely reactive to common household items like brooms, shovels, and the ironing board, and we were able to successfully counter-condition him to the ironing board so it can be opened and closed without a reaction. Now we are on to the vacuum cleaner (check out the video, below). Because he is so reactive in the enclosed space of indoors we began our session outside. We actually had to go about 40 yards away in order for him not to react, but with systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning we were able to get within 10 yards!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI