My Dog Barks When I Eat Steak

There are very few things that feel better than cutting into one, but it’s getting harder to enjoy since your dog barks when you eat steak absolutely every time. Why do they do this? Why does your dog bark when you eat steak? Is it safe to give them some? Can dogs eat steak? How much steak can you give your dog?

Today, we’re going to answer each and every single one of these questions for you. And, of course, we’ll also teach you exactly how to stop your dog barking when you eat steak once and for all. Very soon, you’ll never have to be bothered with this ever again. Keep reading below for our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Steak!”

How to Stop Dog Barking When I Eat Steak

My Dog Barks When I Eat Steak

To stop your dog barking when you eat steak, they need to learn to become quiet when told. To make this happen, bring your dog somewhere you know that they like to bark like the park, with plenty of dog treats. Leave them on their leash and stay a fair distance away from the other people and animals there.

As soon as your dog barks, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they focus on you, then reward them with praise and a small treat right away. But if they resume barking again or never quit, then you should place a treat within your fist.

Put your hand right next to your dog’s nose. Your dog will still be able to smell the treat even inside of your hand and will stop their barking to sniff it out. Once they’ve gotten quiet and are also paying their complete attention to you, again give the “quiet” command and then open your hand to reward them with a treat and praise.

If your dog continues staying quiet, keep rewarding them with a treat and praise. But if they resume barking again, regardless of whether it’s at you or at something at the park, repeat the steps of placing a treat in your fist, putting it next to their nose, and then waiting until they’ve become silent.

Make sure that you’re pausing until your dog has become quiet before you reward them. This creates a positive connection for your dog with giving you their attention and being silent any time you say “quiet.” Reward them with praise and treats right away when your dog is doing what they should.

With patience, practice, and consistency, your dog will become quiet solely by you giving the command, and you will no longer need to put your hand near their mouth. You should then begin increasing the amount of time before you give them any rewards. Start with just a few seconds, then move that up to 5 seconds, and so on.

It won’t be long until the praise and food rewards won’t be needed anymore and your dog will quit barking when you eat steak or anything else just by giving the “quiet” command.

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

Right now, your dog is already misbehaving every time that they bark and refuse to quit until you give them what they want. This is called demand barking, and each instance it’s occurred and then you relented only served to make your dog even more convinced that they are the one in charge in your home.

For us to go over how to fix this misbehavior and incorrect way of thinking from your dog, we must first talk about what makes them 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 steak, they are definitively telling you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.

If they did, they wouldn’t bark when you’re eating steak and then refuse your commands 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 tremendous 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 Steak?

Your dog barks when you eat steak because they want you to give them some too. This is known as demand barking, which means that your dog has learned that if they’re just persistent enough, you’ll eventually relent and let them have what you’re eating. It’s very common with dogs who have feelings of dominance over their owners.

Each time that you’ve gotten sick of the noise and obliged your dog by giving them food you were eating has only reinforced their feelings of dominance. You’ve also taught them not just that demand barking is acceptable, but also that it works. And every time that you gave in has only made all of this harder to correct in the future.

That’s why it’s crucial that you start working on fixing this immediately. Doing nothing only confirms (in your dog’s mind) that they are right to behave this way, and you’ll begin seeing their misbehavior and disobedience more frequently and likely also with more aggression.

If they’re not already, your dog will soon bark when you eat bacon, bark when you eat eggs, bark when you eat hamburgers, and bark when you eat sausage. But pretty much any food will do because it’s not out of the question that at times they could do so just as a way to assert themselves as the one in charge.

To find out how to address these problems (dominance and demand barking) at the root, while also learning how to stop your dog barking when you eat steak (or anything else) immediately with one simple command, go back to the first section now. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know step-by-step.

Can Dogs Eat Steak?

Dogs can eat steak occasionally and in moderation. Steak is high in protein, iron, omega-6 fatty acids, and many other vitamins and minerals that provide significant health benefits to your dog. Ensure that it is cooked first and limit portions to three or four ounces, as steak is high in cholesterol and saturated fat.

How Much Steak Can I Give My Dog?

You can give your dog 3 to 4 ounces of steak at a time. Since steak is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, it’s best served no more than once per week in moderation. Larger amounts given more frequently could lead to serious health issues down the road for your dog, so it’s best to keep things limited. Always cook the steak before giving it to your dog.

I’m sure you’re ready to enjoy a nice steak in peace and quiet, 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 Steak.”

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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.