How to Stop Dog Barking at Grill
It’s a beautiful day so you’re going to cook out with the family. Only one problem: your dog keeps barking at the grill! Why do they have to act like this? Why is your dog barking at the grill? Are dogs scared of grilling? Should you put them inside? Are dogs safe around grills?
Worry and wonder no longer, because today we’re going to answer all of these questions. Obviously, we’ll also tell you how to stop your dog barking at the grill. Soon, you’ll be able to enjoy a great meal with family and friends without worrying about how your dog will act. Keep reading below for our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Grill!”
How to Stop Dog Barking at Grill
To stop dog barking at grill:
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command to use anytime they bark at the grill or whenever you need them to pay attention and be silent.
- To do this, take your dog somewhere you know they’ll want to bark (the park, etc) with lots of small treats.
- Once your dog begins barking, say “quiet” in a calm and positive voice. If they respond and get silent while also paying attention immediately give them praise and a treat.
- But if your dog keeps barking or soon starts again, then hide a small treat in your hand.
- Place your fist right next to your dog’s nose. They’ll still be able to pick up the scent even within your hand and will stop barking to investigate it.
- Once they’ve stopped barking and are paying you their complete attention, again say “quiet,” and then open your hand to reward them with praise and a small treat.
- If they keep being silent and are giving you their full focus, keep rewarding them with treats and praise.
- But if they again resume barking or are not paying attention, repeat the process of putting a treat within your fist, placing it by their nose, and waiting until they stop their barking and give you their focus.
- Always be sure to wait until they’ve quit their barking and are paying you all their attention, 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 giving you their full attention.
- With consistency, practice, and patience, you will be able to get them to behave with just the “quiet” command, and you’ll no longer need to put your fist by their mouth.
- Once your dog is responding well with just the command, then you should begin increasing the amount of time you wait before you give them any rewards.
- Begin by pausing for 1-2 seconds, then as they do well increase that to 5 seconds, and so on.
- Soon, it will no longer be necessary to reward your dog with praise and food, and they will become quiet and give you their attention solely by you giving the command.
This will get your dog to stop barking at the grill, but it’s important to remember that the underlying behavioral issue (anxiety, demand barking, etc.) that was causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address that, any positive changes you see are only going to be temporary.
“Well, how do I make these changes last then?”
By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.
The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like when your dog barks at the grill and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.
In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog barking at the grill ever again!
Why Is My Dog Barking at the Grill?
Your dog is barking at the grill because it makes them anxious, and many respond to fear through barking. It’s also possible that they are dominant, and feel the need to protect you from what they perceive as a threat. It’s not uncommon for dogs to bark at sources of extreme heat, and grills (particularly if they produce high flames) certainly fit this.
In some cases, your dog may seem to be barking at the grill but is actually barking at you because they want your attention. This would be known as demand barking. Whatever the case, they all need to be addressed right away or further behavioral issues will arise, which will likely also be worse and more difficult to control.
Barking and then ignoring commands to stop is a clear sign of disobedience. Doing nothing amounts to tacit approval in your dog’s eyes. Without taking action to train their misbehavior away, you’ll soon see your dog barking around the pool, barking at your sprinklers, becoming aggressive with your neighbors, and more.
These are just a few random examples of how your dog’s behavioral problems could grow and escalate, but I’m sure you can see how this could quickly become a very aggravating issue in your life. To learn how to stop your dog barking at the grill and anything else all just by giving a single command, go back to the first section now.
Are Dogs Scared of Grilling?
Dogs are scared of grilling in some cases. Dogs instinctually are scared of sources of high heat. Grills, bonfires, fireplaces, and more would all fit the bill. While not all dogs will be frightened, it’s very common for them to respond this way. Anxious dogs will be scared, while dominant dogs will attempt to protect you. Both of these would likely feature barking.
Dogs descended from wolves, where they learned thousands of years ago from forest fires that high heat is dangerous and should be avoided, and they still retain this to this day. If your dog shows signs of being scared around the grill, begin by keeping them inside while you’re cooking out.
You can then work to desensitize them when you have someone to help you. While you or someone else is at the grill, have the other person stay with the dog and reassure them. Give your dog pets and speak to them softly. When they are doing well, reward them with small treats. This will help them to form positive associations with remaining relaxed around the grill.
Be patient as this will likely take multiple sessions before you can count on your dog remaining calm and relaxed while you are grilling. If they continue to act scared of or bark at the grill, go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you a command to use.
Are Dogs Safe Around Grills?
Dogs are safe around grills but you should practice caution. If your dog is acting scared, aggressive, or just being too hyper, put them inside or somewhere that they can’t accidentally knock the grill. If they’re barking around the grill, then they are showing signs of anxiety or dominance (possibly both) which also needs to be handled.
Don’t allow your dog to bark around the grill without responding with behavioral training. They are showing signs of stress. Worse yet, if you don’t address things their behavior is only getting to get worse and they’ll react by barking at anything that confuses or worries them. Go back to the first section now where we’ll teach you what to do in this situation.
I’m sure you’re looking forward to grilling without your dog going crazy, so I’ll let you get going on things now. Best of luck, and we hope you found our article “How to Stop Dog Barking at Grill” helpful!