My Dog Barks When I Eat Cheese
Your dog barks when you eat cheese and it’s just so frustrating that they won’t let you enjoy this tasty treat. Why can’t they just behave? Why does your dog bark when you eat cheese? Is it even okay for them to have any? Can dogs eat cheese? And if so, how much cheese can dogs eat?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions for you including the one you’re most concerned about: how to stop your dog barking when you eat cheese. Very soon, this will all be behind you. Keep reading below for our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Cheese!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking When I Eat Cheese
To get your dog to stop barking when you eat cheese, they need to learn to become quiet when told. For us to do that, take your dog somewhere you know they’ll want to bark such as the park, with plenty of dog treats. Keep them on their leash and stay a fair distance away from the other people and animals that are there.
Once your dog begins to bark, say “quiet” in a positive, calm voice. If they give you their focus, then reward them with a small treat and praise immediately. But if they start barking again or never stop at all, then you should hide a treat inside of your fist.
Place your hand right by your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to detect the treat even inside of your fist and will quit their barking to sniff it out. Once they’ve become silent and are also giving you their attention, again give the “quiet” command and then open your hand to reward them with a treat and praise.
If your dog continues being silent, keep rewarding them with a treat and praise. But if they resume barking again, regardless of whether it’s at someone at the park or at you, repeat the steps of hiding a treat within your fist, placing it next to their nose, and then pausing until they’ve gotten silent.
Be sure that you’re waiting until your dog has become silent before you give them their rewards. This helps form a positive connection for your dog with paying attention and being silent whenever you say “quiet.” Reward them with treats and praise right away when your dog is doing what they should.
With time, practice, and consistency, your dog will become quiet solely by you giving the command, and it won’t be necessary to place your hand by their mouth. You should then begin increasing the duration of time before you reward them. Start with just 2 seconds, then increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
It won’t be long until the praise and food rewards won’t be necessary and you can get your dog to quit barking when you’re eating cheese or anything else and all you’ll have to do is give the “quiet” command.
Still, to make real, long-lasting progress you need to ultimately address the problem at its root. Right now, your dog is acting dominant and basically doing whatever they want, losing control of their emotions, and most importantly: not listening to you or your commands to stop an unwanted behavior (barking when you eat cheese).
To properly cover that, we must first discuss what makes dogs tick 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 that your dog barks when you eat cheese, they are clearly showing you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role. They’re engaging in what is known as demand barking, which means they’ve learned that they can get whatever they want, whenever they want if they just bark enough.
If they did respect your leadership, they wouldn’t demand bark when you eat cheese or at any other time. They wouldn’t display any other types of dominance-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a capable and deserving one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these terrific things your reality.
You’ll be better off for obvious reasons. But your dog will be too because you’ll have freed them from all of the worry and confusion that their dominance problems are currently saddling their little shoulders with every single second of every single day.
That sounds wonderful, right?
“Yes, sure, but how do I do this then?”
You should watch a tremendous free video series which is on this exact subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. In the series, he explains absolutely everything 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 critical changes in your dog before things get any worse.
Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t stress, because 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 Cheese?
Your dog barks when you eat cheese because they want some too. This is called demand barking, and should not be allowed as it’s a display that they feel dominant over you. They’ve learned that with enough barking you will give in and give them what they want.
At this moment it’s cheese, but it could happen with essentially anything they want. You need to stop giving in and address their beliefs and misbehavior or the problem is just going to get even worse. Your dog will demand food constantly, and probably other things too. Your home will be filled with constant barking that doesn’t stop until you give in.
Your dog will bark when you’re eating peanut butter, bark when you’re eating pizza, bark when you’re eating pickles, and bark when you’re eating chicken. Think of how obnoxious this will make things for you (or maybe they’ve already reached this point).
But there is some good news, however. There’s a simple command we can teach you to get your dog to stop barking when you eat cheese — in fact, it will stop them when they engage in any type of demand barking. You’ll also be able to get to the root of their problem by addressing what’s causing all of this to begin with, which is their dominance.
Take a look at the easy-to-follow steps we’ve laid out for you on how to accomplish all of this by going back to the first section now.
Can Dogs Eat Cheese?
Dogs can eat cheese. It is safe for them, and nearly all dogs love it which makes it a fantastic tool to use during training. Mozzarella is a good cheese to give your dog for snacks as it’s low in fat. Cheddar and Swiss are nice options if your dog has digestive issues as they’re low in lactose which will be easier on their digestive tract.
Just remember that these cheeses are fairly high-calorie so you shouldn’t overdo things. Keep the portions small and don’t give them too much in total on a daily basis. And, of course, always be sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise and playtime to burn off all of those delicious cheesy calories.
How Much Cheese Can Dogs Eat?
Dogs should eat no more than a few small bites of cheese a day. The exact amount will vary depending on your dog’s size and the type of cheese. If your dog has a low lactose tolerance, you should only give them very small amounts. Cheddar and Swiss would be good choices for these dogs as they are low in lactose.
It’s also important to keep the amount of cheese your dog eats low as it’s a food that is often high in saturated fat and sodium, not to mention calories. This makes it a poor option to be giving your dog in significant amounts regularly. Instead, make it an occasional treat and stick to healthy dog foods for the bulk of their diet.
I’m sure you’re ready to enjoy your cheese without being bothered, so I’ll let you begin now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for checking out our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Cheese.”