My Dog Barks When I Eat Lemons
They make such a great addition to so many foods and drinks, but they’re getting hard to use because your dog barks when you eat lemons every single time. What is going on here? Why does your dog bark when you eat lemons? Can they have some? What happens if dogs eat lemon? Why do dogs act weird with lemons?
Today, we’re going to answer all of these questions and obviously, we’ll also teach you how to stop your dog barking when you eat lemons. Soon, you’ll be able to enjoy with being bothered by your dog. Continue reading below for our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Lemons.”
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How to Stop Dog Barking When I Eat Lemons
To stop dog barking when you eat lemons:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark when you eat lemons or whenever you need them to pay attention and be silent.
- Practice by taking your dog to a place you know they’ll want to bark such as the park with lots of small treats.
- As soon as your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they listen and become silent while also paying attention to you immediately reward them with a treat and praise.
- But if your dog keeps barking or quickly begins again, then hide a small treat in the palm of your hand.
- Put your hand right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to detect the scent even within your fist and will quit barking to investigate it.
- Once they’ve stopped barking and are giving you all their attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with a treat and praise.
- If they keep being silent and are paying you their attention, continue rewarding them with treats and praise.
- But if they again start to bark or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of placing a treat inside of your fist, placing it next to their nose, and pausing until they stop their barking and pay attention.
- Be sure to always wait until they’ve quit barking and are giving you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any praise or treats.
- This creates a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying silent and fully focusing on you.
- With time, repetition, and patience, you will be able to get them to behave with solely the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer have to place your fist near their mouth.
- Once your dog is responding well with just the command, then you can begin lengthening the duration of time you pause before you reward them.
- Start by pausing for about 1-2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to about 5 seconds, and so on.
- Soon, you won’t need to reward your dog with 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 lemons, but you’ll still need to address the underlying issue which was causing all of this in the first place: your dog’s feelings of dominance over you. If you ignore this, your dog will continue to suffer, and you’ll find that your dog keeps misbehaving in other related ways.
Right now, it’s being shown through what is known as demand barking. This occurs when your dog barks at you incessantly and refuses to stop until you give them what they want. Once you do, things only get worse because it reinforces their dominant beliefs that they are the one who is in charge.
Before we can 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 that your dog barks when you lemon, they are definitively showing you that they have no respect for you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark when you’re eating lemon and then refuse to quit until they get what they want. They wouldn’t display any other types of dominance-related 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 a capable one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these terrific things happen.
Obviously, you’ll be better off. But your dog will be too because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the worry and confusion that their dominance problems are currently burdening their little shoulders with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sounds like a terrific thing, don’t you think?
“Yes, of course, but how am I supposed to do this then?”
You should watch an excellent 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 important changes in your dog before things escalate any further.
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 methods 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 Lemons?
Your dog barks when you eat lemons because they see you enjoying them with your food (or just on their own), so they decide that they should have some too. This would be known as demand barking, which means that they’ve learned that by just barking long enough, they can get whatever they want from you.
This is a behavior commonly seen in dogs who feel dominant over their owners. And every single time you give in and let them have whatever they’re barking at you for, you reinforce these beliefs in their mind. With each passing day, it becomes harder to correct.
But you need to start addressing this problem immediately or it will only get worse. Their dominance and demand barking will become even more frequent, and even more aggressive. You’ll find that your dog barks when you eat watermelon, barks when you eat bananas, barks when you eat blueberries, and barks when you eat peaches.
Since they’re already engaging in demand barking, I’d bet mealtimes are already pretty frustrating. Believe it or not, though, things can get worse. The good news, however, is that you can regain your dog’s respect and obedience easier than you’d think.
To learn how to stop your dog barking when you eat lemons (or any other food), while also taking care of their dominance problem, go back to the first section now where we’ll show you step-by-step exactly what to do.
What Happens if Dogs Eat Lemon?
If dogs eat lemon, they could get a very upset stomach resulting in vomiting or diarrhea. That’s because citric acid is harmful to dogs, and lemons are high in it. If your dog has only licked a lemon or had just a small amount of lemon juice, this type of reaction is unlikely, but you should still avoid giving them any at all just to be safe.
If your dog barks when you’re eating lemons, they’re engaging in what is known as demand barking. This occurs when a dog who feels dominant over you has learned that if they’re just annoying enough, they can eat whatever you’re having too. To learn how to stop their barking and also get to the root of the problem (dominance and demand barking), go back to the first section now.
Why Do Dogs Act Weird With Lemons?
Dogs act weird with lemons because if they get even a little taste, they’re probably going to be disgusted. Most dogs find citrus to be very unpleasant, so it’s likely they would act strange or grossed out if they were to get a small taste of a lemon or something lemon-flavored.
You should do your best, however, to make sure that your dog does not eat lemons or lemon juice. Anything more than a very tiny amount of citric acid (which is found in high levels in lemon) will cause a dog to have an extremely upset stomach which will result in diarrhea and vomiting.
I’m sure you’re sick of being bothered whenever you have lemons with your meal, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Best of luck, and we hope you found our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Lemons” helpful!