My Dog Barks When I Eat Apples
You just want to relax with a nice snack, but you can’t because your dog barks when you eat apples every single time without fail. Why can’t they just let you enjoy it in peace? Why does your dog bark when you eat apples? Should you give them some? Can dogs eat apples? What about the scraps? Can dogs eat apple cores, peels, or seeds?
Today, we’ll answer all of the questions you have including the one you’re probably most interested in: how to stop your dog barking when you eat apples. It won’t be long until you can enjoy your apple without being bothered. Keep reading below for our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Apples!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking When I Eat Apples
To get your dog to stop barking when you eat apples, you’ll need to teach them to become quiet on command. To accomplish that, bring your dog somewhere you know that they like to bark such as the park, with lots of small dog treats. Keep them on their leash and stay a fair distance away from the other people and animals that are there.
When your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they focus on you, then reward them with a treat and praise immediately. But if they quickly resume barking again or never even stop, then you should place a treat inside of your hand.
Place your hand right by your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even within your hand and will stop their barking to investigate it. Once they’ve gotten silent and are also giving you their full attention, again issue the “quiet” command and then open your hand to give them a treat and praise.
If your dog keeps being quiet, keep rewarding them with a treat and praise. But if they resume barking again, regardless of whether it’s at you or at someone at the park, repeat the steps of putting a treat in your fist, placing it right next to their nose, and then pausing until they’ve silenced.
Be sure that you’re waiting until your dog has become quiet before you reward them. This helps form a positive connection with your dog with giving you their attention and getting silent any time you say “quiet.” Reward them with praise and treats immediately when your dog is responding well.
With patience, repetition, and consistency, your dog will become silent solely by you giving the command, and it won’t be necessary to put your hand next to their mouth. You should then begin increasing the amount of time before you reward them. Start with just a couple of seconds, then increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
It won’t be long until the food rewards and praise won’t be needed and your dog will quit barking when you eat an apple or anything else just by giving the “quiet” command.
This will get your dog to stop barking when you’re eating apples, but it’s important to remember that the issue which was causing all of this to begin with (dominance) 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.
Currently, we know that it’s at least being shown through what is known as demand barking. This is when your dog has learned that if they just bark enough, you’ll get frustrated and will give them whatever they want. But by doing so, you’ve inadvertently reinforced their belief that they are the one in charge.
To properly go over how to handle dominance and demand barking, we must first discuss what makes dogs function deep down. You’ve likely heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But every time your dog barks when you eat apples, they clearly show you that they have no respect for you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark when you’re eating apples and then refuse to stop until you’ve given them some. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance-related disrespect. And they would obey your commands at all times — happily — and they would do so immediately.
Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable, deserving one who must be respected, and you’ll make all of these terrific things a reality.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the confusion and worry that their dominance problems are currently placing on them every single second of every single day.
Sounds like a terrific thing, don’t you think?
“Yes, absolutely, but how am I supposed to do this?”
You should watch an incredibly useful 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 absolutely everything in ways that are very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately to the point so that you can start seeing these crucial changes in your dog before things escalate any further.
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 Bark When I Eat Apples?
Your dog barks when you eat apples due to demand barking, which means that they want an apple too and they’ve learned that if they’re just annoying and obnoxious enough about it, you’ll give in and let them have one. This is a trait that you will find in dogs with dominance issues.
This essentially means that you’ve inadvertently given your dog the impression that they are the one in charge of your household. And when you think about it, it’s really not that surprising that they’ve come to this conclusion. After all, they give you an order (by barking when they want something), and then you do what they want (by giving them a slice of apple).
You need to get a handle on this right away. If your dog is engaging in demand barking, then it’s already gone too far. Every day that you allow it to continue will mean that it gets even worse with your dog’s beliefs that they run the show becoming even more engrained in their minds.
If they’re not already, you’ll soon find your dog barks when you eat oranges, barks when you eat pineapple, barks when you eat grapes, and barks when you eat strawberries. Think of how annoying that’s going to make your snack time — or maybe, you already know how awful it’s been?
But you can get control of this problem easier than you’d think. To learn how to stop your dog barking when you eat apples (or any food for that matter), while also regaining your dog’s respect and ending their dominance issues, go back to the first section now and we’ll walk you through everything.
Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Dogs can eat apples, but you should be sure to remove the core and seeds first. Apples are an excellent source of fiber, as well as Vitamins A and C. They’re also low in fat, which makes them a good choice for a snack for senior dogs.
Just make sure that you cut them into small pieces, particularly if you have a puppy or a smaller dog. We all know how fast some dogs like to eat, so you’ll want to be sure that the bits of apple won’t pose a choking hazard when they gobble them up.
Can Dogs Eat Apple Cores, Peels, or Seeds?
Dogs cannot eat apple cores or peels, but seeds are fine. They should not eat cores because while you may have heard that they contain cyanide, the levels are so low that they pose no risk. The problem actually lies in the fact that they can be a choking hazard.
Seeds also contain a very low but non-dangerous level of cyanide. Your dog would need to eat about 1000 apples worth of seeds in one sitting before you’d need to worry. Peels are fine in very small amounts, but even an apple’s worth of peels can cause digestive upset so it’s best to just avoid them completely.
I’m sure you’re ready to enjoy an apple peacefully, so I’ll let you get started now. Best of luck with everything, and we hope you found our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Apples” helpful!