You are out shopping and carefully and lovingly choose a treat for your dog as compensation for leaving him home alone. You come home and give the furry a gift, expecting him to peel the treat like a raspberry, and instead he grabs it and runs off to bury it. Are you familiar with this situation? Are you also wondering why your dog likes to bury food? There are several reasons. Let's figure them out.


The tendency to bury food can often be traced back to canine ancestry. When they managed to catch something to eat, they buried their prey and hid the so-called for worse times. Nowadays, pets are often given food on a golden platter (sometimes literally) and there is no danger that someone will eat it, yet natural instinct often wins and they hide their food.


Burying food is most common in breeds that have retained their hunting instincts and were bred to hunt small game. So if you own terriers or dour dogs - such as dachshunds, beagles and basset hounds - you probably have food hiding on your daily routine.


Constant scratching is therapeutic for many dogs. So if they are experiencing stress or anxiety, it is possible that they are calming themselves down with it. This behavior can be frequent even if you own several dogs. Naturally, pets hide their favorite treat from others. Unfortunately, she doesn't know where they buried her after that, so they don't eat her either. It's strikingly reminiscent of hiding chocolate from your significant other or children, isn't it?


The explanation can be as simple as this. Some dogs destroy anything out of boredom, others bury and hide food or toys. It can also be a tool to get your attention or a form of entertainment.


It is also possible that you are giving the dog too much food at once. That's why he saves the rest for later. Try to divide the daily amount of food into smaller portions. If your dog tends to bury toys, limit the number of toys he has access to and rotate them every week. When you take them out again, the dog will be happy as if the toys were brand new.

It can be difficult to unlearn burying a dog. It is his natural need that needs to be satisfied. But you can regulate what and where it buries. Come up with different games where he can bury toys or treats, whether at home or outside.

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