My Dog Barks When I Eat Strawberries
They’re so sweet and delicious, but it’s getting hard to enjoy them because your dog barks when you eat strawberries every single time. Why are they doing this? Why does your dog bark when you eat strawberries? Can they even have them safely? Can dogs eat strawberries? Why does your dog like strawberries so much?
Today, we’ll cover all of these questions and, of course, how to stop your dog barking when you eat strawberries. It won’t be long until you can have your tasty snack without being interrupted. Won’t that be nice? Continue reading below for our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Strawberries!”
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How to Stop Dog Barking When I Eat Strawberries
To stop dog barking when you eat strawberries:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use whenever they bark when you eat strawberries or at any other time you need them to give you their attention and be silent.
- For us to do that, you should take your dog to a place you know they’ll probably bark such as the park with plenty of treats.
- As soon as your dog starts barking, say “quiet” in a positive and calm voice. If they listen and become silent while also paying attention give them praise and a treat immediately.
- But if your dog keeps barking or quickly starts back up, then hide a treat in your fist.
- Place your fist right by your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to smell it even within your hand and should stop barking to investigate it.
- As soon as they’ve stopped barking and are paying attention to you, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with praise and a small treat.
- If they continue to be silent and are giving you their focus, keep rewarding them with treats and praise.
- But if they again begin barking or are not giving you their attention, repeat the steps of placing a treat inside of your hand, placing it by their nose, and waiting until they stop their barking and focus on you.
- Always be sure to wait until they’ve quit their barking and are giving you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any treats or praise.
- This forms a positive connection with your dog with the “quiet” command, and with being silent and giving you their focus.
- With practice, consistency, and patience, you should be able to get them to behave with just the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to place your fist next to their mouth.
- When your dog is doing well with just the command, then you can start lengthening the duration of time you pause until you reward them.
- Start by waiting for about 2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
- It won’t be long before you won’t need to give your dog any food and praise, and they will become silent and give you their attention solely by you giving the command.
These steps should help you make a lot of progress with getting your dog to stop barking when you eat strawberries, but you still need to address the fact that they ever thought this was an appropriate response to any feelings of dominance they were experiencing.
They’re displaying this through what is known as demand barking every time that they bark while you’re eating strawberries. Your dog has learned that if they just bark at you and annoy you enough, that you will give in and let them have whatever they want. You’ve inadvertently taught them that they are the one in charge.
For us to properly go over dominance and demand barking, we must first talk about what makes dogs function deep down. You’ve likely heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But when your dog barks when you eat strawberries, they are definitively showing you that they don’t respect you in this leadership role.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark when you’re eating strawberries and refuse to stop until they get some. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance-related disrespect or misbehavior. And they would obey your commands at all times — immediately — 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 great transformations happen.
Obviously, you’ll win. But your dog will be the even bigger winner here because they’ll no longer have to deal with all of the worry and confusion that their dominance problems are currently burdening them with every single second of every single day.
Sounds like a wonderful thing, does it not?
“Sure, absolutely, but how do I do any of this?”
You should watch an incredibly useful 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 all you’ll need to know in ways that are very easy to follow and teach to your own dog, and he gets immediately 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 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 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 Strawberries
Your dog barks when you eat strawberries because they’re insisting you give them some too. Known as demand barking, this means that your has learned that if they just bark long enough, you’ll eventually get sick of it and will give in by letting them have some. It’s very common in dogs experiencing dominance issues.
Essentially, your dog has come to believe that they are the one in charge of your household. Worse yet, you’ve had a hand in this. That’s because every time you’ve relented and let them have some of what you’re eating — whether it be strawberries or something else — it’s served as a sign to your dog that they are, in fact, head of the home.
You can’t let them continue to think this way. Start addressing their dominance and demand barking immediately or things are only going to get worse. Your dog will be barking whenever you eat apples, barking whenever you eat oranges, barking whenever you eat pineapple, and barking whenever you eat grapes.
If they’re not already, your meal times will soon be consumed by barking. But they won’t stop there: have a ball, pillow, or blanket your dog wants? Prepare for incessant noise until they get it. You can, however, treat this issue fairly quickly.
To learn how to stop your dog barking when you eat strawberries (and end demand barking altogether) while also taking care of their dominance issues, go back to the first section now where we’ll walk you through exactly what to do.
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?
Dogs can eat strawberries. They contain lots of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C, as well as an enzyme that will whiten your dog’s teeth. Though the sugar levels in strawberries are actually relatively low, you should still only give them to your dog in moderation.
Be sure to cut the strawberries up into smaller pieces, as the larger ones could be a choking hazard (this is especially true if you have a puppy or smaller dog). Portion out only a small amount to give them, as too many can cause an upset stomach.
Why Does My Dog Like Strawberries So Much?
Dogs like strawberries so much because many of them enjoy things that are sweet just like we do. Strawberries are safe for dogs and contain lots of positive things such as antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, so they’re a nice, healthy treat that you can give them guilt-free.
Still, be sure not to overdo things and only give your dog strawberries in moderation. While they’re actually fairly low in sugar, eating too many strawberries can cause a dog to have an upset stomach.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to enjoying your strawberries without being bothered, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Best of luck with everything, and thank you for checking out our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Strawberries.”