My Dog Barks When I Eat Pizza
It’s your favorite night of the week, but you can’t enjoy it in peace because your dog barks when you eat pizza every single time! Why can’t they just stay calm? Why does your dog bark at you when you have pizza? Can dogs eat pizza? Can pizza be too hot for dogs to eat?
Today, we’ll answer every single question you have about this problem. And we’ll, of course, also cover how to stop your dog barking when you eat pizza. Very soon, you’ll be able to enjoy all of that deliciousness without your dog interrupting! Continue reading below for our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Pizza!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking When I Eat Pizza
To stop dog barking when you eat pizza:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark when you eat pizza or whenever you need them to become silent.
- To do this, take your dog to a place you know they’ll want to bark (the park, etc) with plenty of small treats.
- Once your dog starts to bark, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they respond and become silent while also giving you their focus immediately give them praise and a treat.
- But if your dog keeps barking or soon resumes, then hide a small treat within your fist.
- Put your hand right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even within your fist and will quit barking to investigate it.
- As soon as they’ve stopped barking and are giving you all their attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to give them a small treat and praise.
- If they continue to be silent and are giving you their full focus, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
- But if they again resume barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of hiding a treat within your fist, placing it close to their nose, and waiting until they quit their barking and focus on you.
- Be sure to always wait until they’ve quit their barking and are giving you all their focus, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any treats or praise.
- This creates a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying quiet and focusing on you.
- With time, practice, and patience, you will be able to get them to respond with just the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer need to place your hand next to their mouth.
- When your dog is doing well with only the command, then you should begin lengthening the amount of time you wait until you give them any rewards.
- Start by pausing for about 2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to about 5 seconds, and so on.
- you’ll no longer need to give your dog any food and praise, and they will be silent and pay attention to you just by you giving the command.
But you’ll still need to address the underlying issue which led to all of this disobedience to begin with, which is your dog’s feelings of dominance that they’re displaying through what is known as demand barking. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog’s problem showing itself in other ways that could be even worse.
And to do that, we must first discuss what makes dogs function deep down. 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 when you eat pizza, they are definitively proving to you that they have no respect for you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t be demand barking for your pizza. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance-related misbehavior or disrespect. And they would immediately obey your commands at all times, and they would do so happily.
Show your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but one worthy of respect, and you’ll make all of these wonderful transformations a reality.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because you’ll have freed them from all of the confusion and worry that their dominance issues are currently placing on their little shoulders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
That sounds great, right?
“Yeah, absolutely, but how do I do this then?”
You should watch an excellent free video series which is on this very 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 follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately 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 yell or be mean to 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 at Me When I Have Pizza?
Your dog barks at you when you have pizza due to what is known as demand barking. A trait found in dominant dogs, this means that they have learned that barking gets them what they want, when they want. Naturally, when your dog then wants your pizza, they will bark at you uncontrollably.
When your dog has gotten to this point, it’s unlikely that they’re going to stop until they feel like it — or more likely, when you get sick of it and just give them some pizza. But this only serves to show them that it works, and then the demand barking and dominance issues get even worse and show themselves more frequently.
You must begin addressing their problems right away before things escalate any further. If you do nothing, you’ll soon see that your dog barks when you eat chicken, barks when you eat pickles, barks when you eat cheese, or barks when you eat peanut butter. There’s a good chance they’re doing it already.
This isn’t a pleasant life for you to be living, but you may be surprised to know that it’s not pleasant for your dog either. That’s because when a dog feels dominant it also means that they don’t respect you as a leader. This gives them a tremendous amount of stress that stays with them every second of every day.
Sure, they enjoy eating your pizza and other foods, but believe it or not it is actually possible to share your favorites with your dog without them thinking that they’re in charge. To find out how to accomplish that while also learning a command to immediately stop your dog barking when you eat pizza, go back to the first section now.
Can Dogs Eat Pizza?
Dogs can eat pizza, but it’s generally a good idea not to give them any. While in most cases they’ll be fine with small bits here and there, pizza can cause dogs to have an upset stomach if they’re sensitive to dairy, and also because of the high levels of fat. This could lead to diarrhea or a loss of energy due to not feeling well.
Instead, give your dog some treats made specifically for them on pizza nights. You can pick some up just for when you have pizza, then hide one in your palm and pretend like you’re taking it off a slice. That way your dog will feel included and think they’re getting pizza since they only get those treats on that night, and you won’t have to worry about their health.
Can Pizza Be Too Hot for Dogs to Eat?
Pizza can be too hot for dogs to eat and can cause burns that will make them feel nauseous and vomit. That being said, you should not give your dog pizza to eat. While they will normally be fine with small amounts, many dogs will get an upset stomach due to the dairy and high fat levels.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to a bark-free pizza night, so I’ll let you get started on things now. Best wishes with everything, and thank you for reading our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Pizza.”