Have you ever been in one of those quizzical moods where you question everything? If you are anything like me, you have pondered questions ranging from outer space to the ocean and everything in between. Well, here is one more question for you to think about– why do dogs bury bones?
Why Do Dogs Bury Bones? In Short…
To answer this question, let’s go back to the beginning. Before people domesticated dogs, there were wild dogs and wolves that hunted for their food. Because these wild predators did not always know when their next meal was, they would eat as much as possible then bury the leftovers. This burying behavior kept the food safe from other animals, as well as the environment.
Jumping back to the modern era, dogs tend to bury treats and toys. When there are multiple dogs living in one house, this burying behavior allows dogs to protect their property, much like the wolves and wild dogs that came before them.
How to Stop Burying Behavior
If you want to stop your dog from continuously burying treats, toys and the remote control, the first thing you can do is limit the amount given to your precious pooch. If this does not eliminate their behavior, you can try to retrain them not to bury items. An effective way to retrain a dog is to use positive reinforcement.
Lastly, modern dogs engage in burying behavior because of separation anxiety from their owners. After all, a dog is man’s best friend! Giving your pup a daily supplement intended to reduce anxiety can help your dog feel calm when you are away and will help stop them from burying household items.