My Dog Barks When I Eat Hamburgers

Who doesn’t love a nice, juicy hamburger? Unfortunately, though, they’re tough to enjoy when your dog barks when you eat hamburgers. Why do they act up like this? Why does your dog bark when you eat hamburgers? Can you give them some? Can dogs eat hamburgers? What about fast food? Can a dog eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger?

We’re going to answer each and every one of these questions for you today including what you’re really here for: how to stop your dog barking when you eat hamburgers. Very soon, you’ll be able to have a burger without being bothered. Keep reading below for our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Hamburgers!”

How to Stop Dog Barking When I Eat Hamburgers

My Dog Barks When I Eat Hamburgers

To stop dog barking when you eat hamburgers:

  1. Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark when you eat hamburgers or whenever you need them to be silent.
  2. To do this, take your dog somewhere you know they’re going to bark such as the park with lots of treats.
  3. As soon as your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they listen and become silent while also giving you their full focus reward them with a treat and praise right away.
  4. But if your dog continues to bark or quickly begins again, then hide a treat in your fist.
  5. Put your hand right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to smell it even within your hand and should quit barking to investigate it.
  6. Once they’ve stopped barking and are paying attention to you, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to give them a treat and praise.
  7. If they keep being silent and are giving you their focus, keep rewarding them with treats and praise.
  8. But if they again resume barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the process of putting a treat within your fist, placing it near their nose, and pausing until they quit their barking and focus on you.
  9. Always make sure to pause until they’ve stopped their barking and are paying you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you give them any treats or praise.
  10. This forms a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying quiet and giving you their attention.
  11. With practice, time, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave with only the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to put your hand next to their mouth.
  12. Once your dog is doing well with just the command, then you should begin lengthening the amount of time you pause until you reward them.
  13. Start by waiting for 2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.
  14. It won’t be long before you’ll no longer need to give your dog any praise and food, and they will become quiet and give you their focus just by you giving the command.

This should stop your dog barking when you eat hamburgers, but you’ll still need to address the underlying issue which was causing all of this in the first place: your dog’s beliefs of dominance. If you ignore that, your dog will continue to suffer, and you’ll find that they’ll keep misbehaving in other related ways.

At the moment, they’re displaying this every time that they bark when they want something from you, and then refuse to quit until you’ve relented.  This is known as demand barking, and every instance that you’ve given in has only made their belief that they are the one running the show in your home even stronger.

For us to go over how to correct these beliefs and misbehavior, we must first talk about what makes dogs function deep down. I’m sure you’ve 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 hamburgers, they are definitively telling you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark when you eat burgers and then ignore you when they’re told to stop. They wouldn’t display any other types of dominance-related misbehavior. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.

Make it clear 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 wonderful things happen.

You’ll be better off for obvious reasons. But your dog will be too because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the confusion and worry that their dominance problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with every moment of every day.

That sounds wonderful, don’t you think?

“Yes, of course, but how do I actually do this?”

You should watch a fantastic free video series by a renowned trainer named Dan which is on this exact subject: how to be your dog’s pack leader. In Dan’s series, he explains everything in ways that are very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you can start seeing these crucial changes in your dog in no time.

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. And don’t worry, 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 Hamburgers?

Your dog barks when you eat hamburgers because they’re wanting to have some too. If your dog does this and then refuses to quit until you relent and give them some of your hamburger, then this would be known as demand barking. It’s a trait that is frequently seen in dominant dogs.

Dominant dogs are those who feel that they are the leader of the household. They think they are the one who gives the orders, and the one responsible for keeping everyone safe and protected. Whenever you’ve given in to their demand barking, you’ve confirmed their beliefs.

It’s critical that you work to correct this way of thinking (and the associated misbehavior of demand barking) right away. Not doing so will just lead to it being even harder to fix in the future. And in the meantime, your life will continue to be filled with incessant barking.

You’ll see that your dog barks when you’re eating bacon, barks when you’re eating eggs, barks when you’re eating sausage, and barks when you’re eating steak. Pretty much any food will do, and in a lot of cases, they might even be doing so just to reaffirm that they are the one who runs the show in your home.

Obviously, you don’t want to live like that. To find out how to correct your dog’s dominant beliefs while also learning how to immediately stop your dog barking when you eat hamburgers (or any other food), go back to the first section now. We’ve explained everything you’ll need to know in easy-to-follow steps.

Can Dogs Eat Hamburgers?

Dogs can eat hamburgers, but you shouldn’t give them the same patties you’re eating since they likely have plenty of added spices and salt. Instead, make your dog a plain unsalted and unspiced hamburger patty specifically for them. They can be a great, occasional treat for your dog and a terrific source of protein.

Can a Dog Eat a McDonald’s Cheeseburger?

Dogs can eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger, but it’s not a great idea. They’re high in sodium, and many dogs will struggle with the ketchup, mustard, onions, and cheese. These could lead to an upset stomach and possibly vomiting or diarrhea. Instead, make your dog their own unsalted and unspiced hamburger patty at home so that they can enjoy with the rest of the family.

I’m sure you’re sick of all the noise when you’re trying to have a burger, so I’ll let you begin now. Good luck with everything, and thank you for checking out our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Hamburgers.”

The Author



Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.