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Dog Burps: My Dog Sounds like a Human Baby Burping after she Eats!

What causes a canine "after-dinner" burp?

She loves her food and eats it very quickly!

She loves her food and eats it very quickly!


Yes…you read that correctly. My dog burps after eating each of her twice-daily meals. She's an adult female miniature Schnauzer fed a healthy, home-cooked diet that contains none of the many foods to which she is allergic. It’s also low-fat to prevent a recurrence of pancreatitis, to which this breed is prone. She loves the taste of her food and thrives on it. In addition, I mix a powdered probiotic with her food to aid her digestion and give her a daily vitamin-and-mineral supplement for dogs to ensure she gets all the nutrients she needs.

I don't feed her commercial dog food

Her food is home-prepared and moist, unlike dry commercial kibble.

Her food is home-prepared and moist, unlike dry commercial kibble.

The cause of my dog's after-dinner burp...I think

Moist dog food, unlike dry kibble, gets stuck in her whiskers. A flowing beard and awning-like eyebrows are the physical features that make the Schnauzer breed instantly recognizable. Unfortunately, since I began feeding her moist cooked food, it’s necessary to keep her beard trimmed. She now sports more of a moustache-and-goatee combo, not such a “girly” look, but more practical. With this modified beard, her face tends to look more like a terrier’s than a Schnauzer’s, except for the distinctive eyebrows.

It’s now much easier to keep her facial hair clean and un-matted. I wash her mouth and shortened whiskers thoroughly with baby wipes immediately after every meal, ensuring that I remove all small bits and traces of soft food.

The funny thing is, when I begin this whisker-cleaning process, she invariably opens her mouth and burps loudly. BURP! Sometimes she does it once, other times twice—in quick succession. It sounds exactly like a human baby’s burp.

I’m guessing here, but I think the cause of my dog’s burps is the same as the baby’s. She eats very fast like a hungry baby gulps down milk or formula, and, because the food is cooked and there are no large hard pieces, she doesn’t chew a lot. She even licks the bottom and sides of her food bowl to get every last bit. Gulping down her meal causes her to swallow air. Air in her tummy causes the burp. Right?

I considered purchasing one of those “obstacle” feeding bowls for pets that eat too fast, but decided it wouldn’t work because she uses her tongue to push the soft food into her mouth. Believe me…she could quickly work around any obstacle! Anyway, as long as she burps after she eats and gets rid of the swallowed air—no harm done. ..I hope.

Crunchy treats give her something to chew

Her treats are healthy and crunchy.

Her treats are healthy and crunchy.

Does your dog burp?

By the way, in case you’re worried my dog doesn’t get the opportunity to chew, she does. I searched online to find premium crunchy treats that do not contain allergens (she can't eat wheat, beef, or corn) and are low in fat. I make her “work” for them and give them as rewards when she obeys an instruction or is very well-behaved. She also has chew toys that she uses to give her teeth regular workouts, now restricted to safe rope chews since Donna provided a link about the dangers of Nylabone Plaque Attack chew. (See in comments.) As with any toy, if it begins to come apart, I throw it away so she can't swallow any pieces. I brush her teeth daily to prevent the formation of plaque and freshen her breath. (Cooked ground grass-fed bison or skinless organic chicken breasts are the best proteins for her, but neither would leave her breath un-stinky without routine dental care!)

I can’t help but laugh every time my dog burps. It sounds so funny! I wonder: do other dogs burp after eating?

Sounds like a human baby burping!

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Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 06, 2015:

Thanks, Audrey…. I consider burps the sign of a happy, well-fed dog, don’t you?

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!



Michelle – Your description of your Maltipoo’s burp sounding like a newborn is right on the mark. My dog’s burp always reminds me of the sound a human baby makes right after feeding. Isn’t it cute? (Well, maybe only a dog lover would call it “cute”, but we’re like proud parents.)

Regards, and Happy New Year…..Jaye


Marcy – I’m accustomed to the sound of my dog burping, but as it occurs before digestion, there’s no odor associated with it. I’m glad she doesn’t emit those “other” noises, the type accompanied by smells that can clear a room! Perhaps the probiotics and enzymes I put in her food prevent gas buildup.

Happy New Year! Jaye


Elsie – I’m glad this article made you smile. Dog burps have that effect! Happy New Year to you, as well.

Regards, Jaye


Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 05, 2015:

It made me smile after reading your article as well as the comments.

Actually I haven't heard a dog burp, we had farm dogs and I never heard them but maybe they burped later after I had left them, as they were not allowed inside.

Thanks for the smiles, hope you have a wonderful 2015.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on January 05, 2015:

LOL! I've heard doggies burp, too, and sometimes make other noises!

Michelle Scoggins from Fresno, CA on January 05, 2015:

Well Jaye I have a Maltipoo and she burps too. I feed her regular (non-fancy) dry dog food and she burps after eating or drinking anything. We think it is quite funny but she normally jumps on your lap before she lets it out and it sounds like a newborn. I am glad to find that I am with like company :)

Audrey Howitt from California on January 05, 2015:

Mine burbs as well! Great hub!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 05, 2015:

Thanks for sharing the video, Shyron. I smiled while watching it. It's wonderful that Bella has such caring pet parents.

I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and wish for you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015. (Of course, you're already rich in friends--the best kind of wealth.)

Blessings to you, also.....Jaye

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 05, 2015:

Jaye, I just saw the story of the dog that sits at his own table to eat and automatically thought of you and you "Baby". this is funny but serious.

Blessings to you and Baby. Happy New Year.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 05, 2015:

Thanks, Kelly T. I'm glad my account of the way my fur-girl burps relieved your mind about Sissy. Apparently, dog burps are common and probably more so when the dog in question eats quickly and swallows a lot of air.

Regards to you and Sissy,


Kelly T. on January 04, 2015:

I love your story! Other than it being cute and funny my dog (Sissy) also does this in fact i just googled this because she let out a burp that surpassed most humans a few minutes ago so after rotflmao i had to see if this is normal for my first born daughter. I do thank you for your story and also for loving your little girl so much.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 07, 2014:

Thanks, Grand Old Lady - It is cute, and I still laugh when she does it! Regards, Jaye

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on August 06, 2014:

I think it's cute that your dog burps.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 06, 2014:

That is so odd...but funny, too!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 06, 2014:

I meant to say earlier two of my Hubs are showing as related posts to this one. No, Baby has never been around cats, so this new behavior is so strange to me. There is a a small pile of leaves in her little pen, and she will take her nose and work diligently to cover her poop with those leaves!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 06, 2014:

Shyron - Yes, it is funny to hear her burp, and she does it after nearly every meal--probably because she eats so fast. She also snores. Thanks for the vote and sharing. Jaye


Mary - That is so funny about Baby's new 'covering' habit. Is she around cats a lot to learn that action from them? You know, you can buy step-in litter boxes for dogs, which is great during stormy weather. If she's going to cover her poop, she might be willing to do it in a litter box!

Thanks for the vote and sharing. I think you have a couple of other hubs about Baby that I want to link to mine about Puppy Girl. I need to spend some time on HP going over my existing hubs and adding some more. All I need is TIME! : ) Jaye

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 06, 2014:

I am delighted to see two of my Hubs about my Miniature Schnauzer, Baby on your post. I'm always happy to read about Puppy Girl, I don't know how I missed this one!

Baby burps, too, sometimes, and it is funny. I have to tell you of a new habit Baby has: after she poops in her little pen, she will try to cover it! This is a new habit she just started!

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 06, 2014:

Jaye, that is so cute, I like where you said "She even licks the bottom and sides of her food bowl to get every last bit." That is like 'good to the last drop'.

I had not heard of a dog that burped, but the editor of the PipeLine when I worked there her Schnauzers liked to sleep by my feet and he would snore.

Very interesting, voted that way and shared.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on November 08, 2012:

Hi, Donna....Thanks for reading my "burp" story and sharing your own schnauzer experiences. I especially thank you for the link, and I'll read the article right away. I stopped using Greenies years ago because I learned of their danger, but didn't realize Nylabones posed a hazard. I appreciate your enlightening me (and my readers) of this danger.


Donna Kay Bryan on November 08, 2012:

Jaye, I loved reading about your burping dog. I have had several Schnauzers and absolutely love them. All of mine have had their own unique issues. My mother's last one was a mini, but was more the size of a toy. I think because of that she had "small man syndrome." It was pretty funny.

You mentioned Nylabones. My vet told me several years ago that Nylabones are absolutely off limits because pieces get stuck in the digestive tract, and it doesn't show up on an x-ray. A lot of dogs have died from this. One article I've read said, "Some vets say they're made of an indigestible material, and plaque attacker has a knobby surface that can lodge in the digestive tract." and also:

"This is a gas pocket in the stomach outlined here," Rambo's vet said,

pointing to an X-ray. The article can be found at this address if you are interested:

As for the raised bowls, Gabby has an adjustable bowl which I raised about four months ago. I haven't noticed any issues because of it.

Thanks for a delightful article!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on August 08, 2012:

Hi, Nell Rose....Hearing my schnauzer girl burp makes me smile too--every day! It stays funny. Jaye

Nell Rose from England on August 08, 2012:

This made me smile as it brought back memories of my alsation cross Sheba, she used to burp like a veteran! haha! just like us I suppose, nell

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on June 27, 2012:

Hi, SomerBreze...Thanks for sharing about your Pom. He's such a little fellow at four pounds, perhaps that's why he burps...not enough room inside his shortened digestive tract for any air produced by his food. Your little guy is only 1/5 the size of my Puppy Girl. I've noticed that other toy size dogs eat more daintily than medium sized or larger breeds.

Glad you stopped by my hub.....Jaye

SomerBreze on June 27, 2012:

I have a 19 month old Pomeranian who burps after every meal. Because he only weighs in at around 4lbs, I leave his food down. He eats a high quality dry food not available in a supermarket. He doesn't "scoff" his food. The first time I heard him burp, I thought he was actually vomitting!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on June 18, 2012:

Hi, ShiningIrishEyes....Thanks for your comment. I, too, tried raising Puppy Girl's dishes (not too high, but by using a stand that holds the dishes), but the change had no effect on her "burping." I suppose the burps keep her from having a tummy-ache, so don't worry about them. They still sound funny to me!


Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on June 18, 2012:

Another insightful read Jaye. I too, am a mommy who's child burbs. I read somewhere that raising the dog dish helps. I went out and purchased a dog dish contraption that raises the bowl not only for full grown dogs but for growing puppies, as well. I did not find any diffusion to the burps.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on June 06, 2012:

Thanks, Angela. Watch for my upcoming hub that details my dog's homemade diet. I have a bit of polishing to do and have not selected a title, so will try to remember to let you know when I publish it. It's really easy to prepare, and becomes second nature. The best part is knowing that I may extend my dog's life by giving her safe nutritious food.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 06, 2012:

I am intersteted in the home diet... sounds like a great idea. Also this is quite funny!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on May 12, 2012:

Thanks for the suggestions, Rory. I didn't realize that having the dog's food bowl off the floor might cause problems. I've also seen the slow feed bowl, but don't think it will work except with kibble. I feed my dog "wet" home-cooked food instead.

Glad you read the article and commented. I'm going to lower my dog's food and water bowls and see if that helps with the "air" problem. Good luck with your dogs!

rory on May 12, 2012:

Raising food bowls has been proven to be a factor in CAUSING bloat==especially on deep chested large dogs--Dobies, Great Danes and Labs so I would keep food on the floor which is more normal for a dog. On of my dog burps after dinner, too and I get concerned because I am worried that one day he may swallow air and not be able to release it. I use slow feed bowl AND kong to slow eating down.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on May 03, 2012:

Thank you, Epi....We do love our furbabies, don't we? As for supporting you, I'm honored to do so for such a talented (and, as I've mentioned) prolific writer. I really enjoy your verses, whether humorous or serious.

Regards, Jaye

P.S. I can really use the good energy here in hot and humid Mississippi!

epigramman on May 03, 2012:

...well who doesen't like a good dog story - I should know I have two cats who are my best friends - and it's quite obvious that both dogs and cats are very popular with a lot of hubbers - in particular you write here with such a labor of love - it makes the words even more genuine and sincere - thank you also for your support and comments to me - coming from a special person like you - that really means a lot - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 3:34pm

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on April 22, 2012:

Thanks for the suggestion, lambservant. As you can see from the photo, my dog's bowl is slightly elevated, but --as she's still burping after every meal--perhaps I need to purchase a higher stand for her food and water bowls.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


Lori Colbo from United States on April 21, 2012:

My dog burps faithfully after each meal. Someone told me recently it is because they have to bend down so low to reach their bowl. It was suggested to me to put her food on a stool and try that. Don't know if there is any truth to it.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 17, 2012:

Oh, wow, Alexadry! I'll bet your big guys do make loud burps. Glad you enjoyed the read.


Adrienne Farricelli on March 16, 2012:

Both my Rotts burp after gulping down their kibble and weighing 92 pounds each, their burps are getting closer and closer to human burps! I will not talk about what comes out the other end at times... Anyhow, voted up and funny and interesting, thanks for sharing.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on March 16, 2012:

Thanks, Cloverleaf. Isn't it funny? I still laugh at her every day, even though I know to expect her "burp!"


Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on March 15, 2012:

Oh Jaye, this is too cute! I've never heard of a burping dog before. Your theory that she eats too fast is probably spot on. Who can blame her for scoffing it down - you're feeding her such yummy stuff :)

Voted up / funny / awesome.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on February 12, 2012:

Thanks, Bobbi...Since I'm washing her Schnauzer whiskers with a baby wipe right after she finishes eating, I'm always around to hear that "BURP!" I chuckle every time she does it because it sounds so funny. The sound truly reminds me of a baby's burp after feeding.

Thanks for stopping by this hub. JAYE

P.S. I re-read my reply above to a comment by Dr. BJ and laughed all over again. When I stated that "...dogs smell much better than humans do...", I was referring to their ability to smell odors of which humans aren't even aware--NOT their (or our) personal "fragrances." Somedays my words get tangled before they hit the screen!

BobbiRant from New York on February 10, 2012:

This is so cute. I love dogs and I enjoyed reading this hub very much. I never imagined dogs could burp like that. Great hub!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 29, 2012:

Hi, Eiddwen...Aren't mini Schnauzers wonderful? (Could be I'm a bit biased, of course.) It's great your Pepper lived to the grand age of 17. I hope my girl will live long too, and be healthy.

This is a bit morbid, I know, but one of my biggest worries is what will happen to her if she outlasts me (I'm 68). I know my son would care for her, and she loves him dearly, but he doesn't pamper her as much as I do. On the other hand, losing her in my old age would be as painful as losing a human family member because I love her so dearly. (No one but a true dog lover will understand that statement. Everyone else will call me crazy!)

Your comment about your Doberman made me laugh out loud because my girl's behavior when gas escapes from that route is so hilarious. She glares at her rear end as though it betrayed her. That's the only way I know what occurred because her farts aren't noisy or smelly (humans could wish to be so dainty), and it always makes me laugh.

In fact, with all the love and laughter she's brought into my life, Puppy Girl's made me regret it took me so long to understand the wonder of dogs. Still, I'm thankful for the joy she's given me for the past seven years.

As you know if you've read my other hubs about my sweet Puppy Girl, she is my very first pet. I didn't get her until I was 61, so was a total novice in pet-parenting (which made for many mistakes, but I also had some "blind good luck" in several instances). Since I worked long hours with periodic travel during my career, I would not have made a good pet parent all those years. She came along at just the right time, when I had to retire a few years early due to health issues. Everyone who knew me was amazed when I announced, "I want a dog" and even more amazed when I followed through and got her.

Thanks for reading and commenting about my "burping Schnauzer", Eiddwen.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 29, 2012:

Haha ha!!! Oh Jayne I love this hub as it certainly brought back many great memories.

I had a Min Schnauzer called Pepper who lived till she was nearly 17 years old; and yes she was a burper too.

Another comment of yours also brought back memories of my Doberman Major who used to sit by me on the sette but with his two rear feet on the floor and then he would very quietly fart before looking at his rear end in amazenmnet.

Thank you again Jayne for sharing this gem; take care and enjoy your day.


Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 13, 2012:

Since she just turned seven (birthday: January 3), it's obviously not a puppy thing, but the result of her eating so fast. Thanks for reading.

Adaire on January 13, 2012:

Lol she always has I guess she will never outgrow it!!!

doberdog on January 11, 2012:

Drjb - he does a lot of that as well and doesn't care if his rear is in your face at the time - dirty little sod!

The first time he belched both my mother and missus blamed me and actually both accused me of lying when I said it was the dog. After quite a heated argument he came wandering through and did it again - both were made to apologise!

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 10, 2012:

Hi, drbj...My dog isn't guilty of smelly farting, but I sometimes wonder if she's letting a bit of "air" escape from the rear when I notice her suddenly (and I mean swiftly) turning her head to sniff her own rear end! After all, dogs smell much better than humans do. Thank goodness she doesn't let loose with the noxious fumes some dogs can muster! To answer your question, I think a farting Doberman would probably qualify. It's just another means of getting rid of that air bubble....

doberdog: Your poor Doberman catches it (or rather, lets it go) from each end, doesn't he? And you catch the flak for it until he's shown to be the guilty party. Very funny!

Stephanie...How nice to see you visiting my hub. Yes, I treat Puppy Girl (her Hubpages pseudonym and an early term of endearment that I still call her occasionally) too much like a toddler, but she acts like one. Miniature Schnauzers seem to keep youthful behavior into adulthood and perhaps into old age. I've read about others who continue to act like toddlers or at least teenagers. My furgirl is spoiled, and don't I know it, but I love her so much I haven't the heart to tell her she's not a real person! The tooth brushing and chewing are important for all dogs, but especially so when the dog eats moist food.

Thanks to you all for visiting my hub and commenting.


Stephanie Henkel from USA on January 10, 2012:

Very funny, Jaye! Your little dog is certainly treated as well as any baby! Your story is so cute, as is your miniature Schnauzer. Although I don't presently have a dog, your tips about brushing your dogs teeth and giving her the opportunity to chew will be important to other dog owners.

doberdog on January 10, 2012:

Drjb - he does a lot of that as well and doesn't care if his rear

is in your face at the time - dirty little sod!

The first time he belched both my mother and missus blamed me and actually both accused me of lying when I said it was the dog. After quite a heated argument he came wandering through and did it again - both were made to apologise!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 10, 2012:

Funny hub, Jaye. I never owned a burping dog but I would like to join this club. Would a farting Doberman qualify? Just wonderin;.

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 10, 2012:

Hi, doberdog...I'll bet a large dog such as a doberman packs a real wallop of a burp!

I think most dogs do like to check out the humans' dinner table to see what they're missing (and hope something falls to the floor), even if they've just filled up with their own dinner. I've noticed some dogs--similar to some humans--don't really need to be hungry to want more food.

However, saving the belch until lined up with the humans' table may not be conducive to "good human/dog relations", as evidenced by your wife's reaction!

Thanks for reading and commenting.


doberdog on January 10, 2012:

My dobermann belches good and loud and actually looks like he enjoys it.

Only problem is he will eat his dinner come through to the lounge to see what were having for dinner and whilst doing so will burp straight on to our food - this inevitably gets the missus mad but being a bloke I find it hilarious

Jaye Denman (author) from Deep South, USA on January 09, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my "burping" dog and for your comment, Monique. Your pug goes one step further than my mini Schnauzer. She actually lets you "burp" her like a baby. That is hilarious!

Maybe there are a lot of dogs burping after meals. I know that some individual dogs and, indeed, some breeds tend to gulp their food. That makes for a lot of swallowed air, doesn't it?


MoniqueNelson from Victoria BC Canada on January 09, 2012:

This is great! I have a pug who burbs after eating as well! For much the same reason - swallowing air while she eats. After dinner every night she likes to come sit on me so that I can pat her chest until she lets out a nice belch! I think its hilarious, and I like to hear that others experience a similar thing! Thanks for posting!

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