My Dog Barks When I Eat Tacos
Whether you get yours in a taqueria, a fast food joint, or a food truck, everyone loves ’em. But when your dog barks when you eat tacos it can really kill your enjoyment. Why do they act like this? Why does your dog bark when you eat tacos? Are they even able to have any? Can dogs eat tacos? Can dogs eat hard taco shells?
Today, we’ll give you the answers to all of these questions including the one you’re really after: how to stop your dog barking when you eat tacos. Very, very soon, you’ll be able to enjoy this incredible Mexican food without being bothered. Keep reading below for our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Tacos!”
How to Stop Dog Barking When I Eat Tacos
To stop dog barking when you eat tacos:
- To get your dog to be silent whenever they begin to bark when you eat tacos, teach them the “quiet” command.
- For us to do that, you should take your dog to a place you know they’ll probably bark (the park, etc) with lots of small treats.
- As soon as your dog begins to bark, say “quiet” in a positive, calm voice. If they respond and become silent while also giving you their full focus give them a treat and praise immediately.
- But if your dog keeps barking or quickly starts back up, then hide a treat in your fist.
- Put your hand right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to detect the scent even within your fist and should quit barking to investigate it.
- Once they’ve stopped barking and are paying you all their attention, 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 paying you their attention, keep rewarding them with praise and treats.
- But if they again begin to bark or are not paying attention, repeat the process of hiding a treat within your fist, placing it near their nose, and pausing until they quit their barking and focus on you.
- Always be sure to pause until they’ve stopped barking and are giving you all their attention, and then say “quiet” before you reward them with any treats or praise.
- This creates a positive connection for your dog with the “quiet” command, and with staying quiet and giving you their full attention.
- With repetition, consistency, and patience, you will be able to get them to behave only with the “quiet” command, and it won’t be necessary anymore to place your hand next to their mouth.
- When your dog is responding well with only the command, then you should start increasing the duration of time you pause before you reward them.
- Start by pausing for about 1-2 seconds, then as they do well move that up to about 5 seconds, and so on.
- it will no longer be necessary to reward your dog with food and praise, and they will become silent and give you their focus just by you giving the command.
This should help your dog to stop barking when you eat tacos, but you’ll still need to address their disobedience which was caused by their underlying belief of feeling dominant over you. A failure to do so will just lead to your dog continuing to think that they run the show, and their problem will just start showing itself in even worse ways.
They’re already showing this every single time that they bark uncontrollably until they’re given some of your food. This is called demand barking and is an extremely common form of misbehavior seen with dogs who feel dominant. And each instance you’ve relented and let them have what you were eating has only made them more convinced that they’re the one on top.
To properly go over how we’ll fix all of this, we must first discuss what makes dogs function and has for thousands and thousands of years now. You’ve probably heard before that dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is a pack leader.
But every time that your dog barks when you eat tacos, they are definitively proving to you that they don’t trust you as the head of the family pack.
If they did, they wouldn’t bark when you’re eating tacos and then keep going until you give up and let them have some. They wouldn’t engage in any other types of dominance-related misbehavior. And they would obey your commands as soon as they’re given, and they would do so happily.
Prove to your dog that you are not just their pack leader, but a deserving and capable one who they must respect, and you’ll make all of these great things 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 problems are currently placing on them every single second of every single day.
Sounds great, does it not?
“Yeah, definitely, but how do I actually do 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 simple 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 never uses those types of methods. Not just because loving teaching techniques are 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 Tacos?
Your dog barks when you eat tacos because they likely smell the meat and want some too. If they’re doing so and then refusing to quit until you let them have some of your taco, however, then they are engaging in what is known as demand barking. This is a disobedient behavior that is common in dogs who feel that they are the dominant one in the home.
Your dog has come to find that if they just bark long enough, they’ll eventually wear you down and you’ll let them have some of whatever you’re eating. But while you get to go back to enjoying your meal (until they’re ready for another bite, at least), all is not well because you’ve made a serious mistake by reinforcing their negative behavior.
You’ve taught them that misbehaving like this will be rewarded, so of course they’re going to keep doing it — and doing it even more frequently. Your dog is also getting confirmation (in their view) that they are, in fact, the one in charge of everything around here.
For obvious reasons, you can’t allow this to continue. Doing nothing will mean that things only get worse and you’ll be seeing this type of behavior from your dog at basically every single meal. Your dog will bark when you have avocado, bark when you have french fries, bark when you have sandwiches, and bark when you have spaghetti with meatballs.
They may already be doing all of those things already, which is why you need to start working on correcting all of this immediately. If you’d like to find out how to fix their dominant beliefs while also learning an easy-to-use command that will get your dog to stop barking when you eat tacos (or anything else), go back to the first section now.
Can Dogs Eat Tacos?
Dogs cannot eat tacos. While they can have small amounts of taco meat, it’s probably a bad idea to indulge them. Taco meat contains high amounts of grease and onions, which could lead to pancreatitis or gastrointestinal issues like vomiting and diarrhea. Spices and seasonings commonly used in tacos will also cause your dog’s stomach trouble.
If you’d like to let your dog have something while everyone else is enjoying Taco Tuesday, make sure to plan ahead. If you’re cooking your own tacos, make your dog a small amount of meat that is free of any spices, onions, or taco seasoning packets. They’ll then get a nice bit of protein without any of the stomach worries.
Can Dogs Eat Hard Taco Shells?
Dogs can eat hard taco shells, but they should only have them in very small, occasional amounts. Hard taco shells are high in salt, which is bad for your dog’s long-term health. If you do give your dog some, break them up into smaller pieces before serving them.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to bark-free Taco Tuesdays, so I’ll let you get started now. Best wishes with all of this, and we hope you found our article “My Dog Barks When I Eat Tacos” helpful!