Dog Barks When You Eat – Top 3 Reasons Why
Do you have a dog that barks nonstop whenever you eat something? The reality is that this frustrating barking behavior is most likely caused by your actions. Here are the most common reasons for dogs that bark when you eat and suggestions for stopping this behavior.
1. Giving your dog human food
You may have set the wrong precedence by letting your dog eat human food. If it wasn’t you then it might also have been other members in the household. You are basically teaching your dog to expect his share whenever you are having a meal. Generally speaking, it’s best to avoid giving your dog human food as many foods and ingredients are unsafe for pets.
2. Not giving your dog enough food
It’s an honest mistake many dog owners make. You need to make sure your dog is getting food as he gets older. The recommended calorie intake can increase drastically every month a dog gets older. If the dog is hungry, he or she will naturally come to while you are eating and start to bark nonstop.
3. Dog isn’t getting enough attention
Some dogs may bark while you eat because he or she is bored. Over time, the dog may have learned that he is able to get a reaction from you when he barks while you eat. Make sure your dog is getting plenty of interaction and exercise throughout the day. A happy dog (both mentally and physically) will not “bother” you as much.
How to stop a dog from barking while you eat
First, make sure everyone in the household is aligned in terms of feeding the dog. Giving plate leftovers is a huge ‘no’ and will only make the barking worse. Next, check your dog’s dietary plan and make sure he is being fed a well-balanced diet.
Commercial dog foods should all come with guidance on the recommended feeding schedule based on factors such as the dog’s age and weight. You may need to adjust the dog’s diet based on other factors such as the amount of exercise he gets throughout the day.