Dog Barks at Microwave? Here’s How to Stop It!
You’re just trying to heat up your food, but you can’t without your dog barking at the microwave and going nuts! Why do they do this? Why does your dog hate the microwave? Are they sensing something? Are microwaves dangerous for dogs? How do you stop your dog from being scared of the microwave?
Well, worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you. And obviously, we’ll cover what you really came here for: how to stop your dog from barking at the microwave. Soon, this will all be behind you for good. Keep reading below for our article “Dog Barks at Microwave? Here’s How to Stop It!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking at Microwave
To stop dog barking at microwave:
To stop your dog barking at the microwave, they need to learn to become quiet when told. To accomplish this, bring your dog somewhere you know that they like to bark such as the park, with lots of small dog treats. Leave them on their leash and stay far away from the other people at the park.
As soon as your dog begins to bark, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they focus on you, then immediately reward them with a treat and praise. But if they resume barking or never quit at all, then you should place a treat within your fist.
Place your hand right by your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even within your fist and will quit their barking to investigate it. Once they’ve become silent and are also giving you their complete attention, again give the “quiet” command and then open your hand to reward them with a treat and praise.
If your dog continues staying quiet, keep rewarding them with praise and a treat. But if they resume barking again, regardless of whether it’s at you or at someone at the park, repeat the steps of hiding a treat inside your first, placing it next to their nose, and then waiting until they’ve silenced.
Make sure that you’re pausing until your dog has become silent before you give them their rewards. This helps form a positive connection in your dog’s mind with giving you their attention and getting silent whenever you say “quiet.” Reward them with praise and treats right away when your dog is doing what they should.
With time, practice, and consistency, your dog will get silent just by you giving them the command, and you won’t need to put your hand by their mouth. You should then begin lengthening the amount of time before you reward them. Start with just 2 seconds, then move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.
Before long, the food rewards and praise won’t be needed anymore and your dog will quit barking at the microwave or at anything else simply by giving the “quiet” command.
This will get your dog to quit barking at your microwave, but it’s important to remember that the issue which was causing all of this to begin with (anxiety) will still remain. And you definitely need to address that, because not doing so means that your dog will continue to suffer, act up, and misbehave in other ways.
And to do that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve probably heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog barks at the microwave, they are clearly proving to you that they have no trust for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark at the microwave and ignore you when you tell them to stop. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of anxiety-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so right away.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these terrific transformations your reality.
Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry and confusion that their anxiety problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with every moment of every day.
That sounds terrific, wouldn’t you agree?
“Sure, absolutely, but how do I actually do this then?”
You should watch a wonderful free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this very subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains all you’ll need to know in ways that are very simple to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these important changes in your dog before things get any worse.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And no, you’re not going to have to be mean or yell at your dog. Dan uses only 100% humane and loving teaching techniques at all times. Not just because they’re the right thing to do, but also because they’re the fastest way to achieve permanent changes in your dog’s behavior.
Why Does My Dog Hate the Microwave?
Your dog hates the microwave because they make high-frequency sounds that they can hear but you can’t. Dogs have very sensitive hearing and many might find these sounds uncomfortable, confusing, and anxiety-inducing. They will then likely respond by running away or barking at your microwave.
It’s important to practice patience when your dog barks at the microwave, but if they’re doing so and then ignoring you when you tell them to stop, you have a potentially serious behavioral problem on your hands. While they have justifiable reasons to begin, they must respect your authority and become quiet or leave the room when instructed.
Not doing so is a clear sign of disrespect for your leadership, and if you don’t address it right away their problem is only going to get worse. You’ll soon see them being disobedient and barking at other things around the house that they find annoying or confusing.
You’ll find that your dog barks at the blender, barks at the toaster, barks at the hair dryer, and maybe even barks at the ironing board. I’m sure you can see how frustrating your day-to-day life could quickly become if you don’t get a handle on this issue with your dog now.
To learn how to stop your dog from barking at the microwave while also regaining their respect for your leadership, go back to the first section now where we’ll give you the exact steps to follow.
Are Microwaves Dangerous for Dogs?
Microwaves are not dangerous for dogs. They may, however, find them unpleasant and confusing due to the noise (both that which you can hear and also inaudible high-frequency sounds that only your dog can detect). You should also not microwave pet food, as it causes the fat molecules to change and become less digestible, which is dangerous to your dog’s long-term health.
In the short term, though, your dog is not in any danger being around a microwave. The sounds produced by a microwave are not at a high enough decibel to cause any health problems or real pain to them. Microwaves typically top out at 60 decibels, while it takes 140 decibels to cause immediate damage to a dog’s hearing.
How Do I Stop My Dog From Being Scared of the Microwave?
To stop your dog from being scared of the microwave, you should slowly desensitize them to it and create positive connections in their mind. While the microwave is running, take them to the far side of a nearby room and do things they enjoy. Play with them, and give them treats and pets whenever they’re doing well.
Slowly but surely move closer and closer to the kitchen before eventually bringing them completely inside it. Continue petting and giving them treats and pets whenever they’re staying calm. This will form positive connections in your dog’s mind with the microwave, and they should learn to no longer be scared of it.
Be patient, as this may take multiple sessions over a period of weeks. Short, repeated sessions will be more effective than individual, long ones, so plan on keeping things brief.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to microwaving your food without your dog going crazy, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best of luck with all of this, and thank you for checking out our article “Dog Barks at Microwave? Here’s How to Stop It!.”