If you often feed your dog bones, surely, you usually find that bone under carpets, corners of cabinets or other secret places. This phenomenon doesn’t happen randomly, but because your puppy hides these bones.
Do you know why dogs often hide bones? As usual, dogs often dig holes to bury bones to hide them due to the survival instinct they have learned from their ancestors to save the food for the rainy days.
Before being tamed to be a pet at home, dogs are wild animals hunting in group in the same way as wolves nowsaday. The advantage of hunting in group is that they can divide themselves into different directions to find the quarry, and when they catch the quarry, they can still knock down animals which are a lot bigger. The problem is that when they knock down a buffalo, an elk moose or a bigger animal, however big the dogs are, they cannot consume the entire quarry. And they don’t want to share the fruit of their labor with vultures.
When having too much food or when having eaten the quarry to the point of bone, the wild dogs are evolved enough to know that they have to save the redundant food for the rainy day. However, where does a dog hide his food safely in front of scavengers or other members in the group?
Why do dogs bury bones?
Dogs’ claws and feet are suitable to dig, and after thousands of years, they have learned that burying the prey’s bones would decrease the risks of being taken food away by other animals. Although bones are not nutrition-rich, the meat left and the marrowbone are still enough for the dogs to survive during the hard period. Burying bones not only prevents other animals from finding the food but also conceals its smell, decreases the possibility of food to be rancid under air and sunshine effects.
For modern tamed dogs, when being fully fed, they are less likely to have the same behaviors as their ancestors, and store food. However, some types of dogs often hide food more than the others. If you feed your dog too much or the meal time is not homogeneous, he will draw a plan for the future in case of hunger or food exhaustion. Sometimes, dogs hide food or bones but never find them again, just because the behavior to prepare food for hard periods still exists although there is no hard time at all. Both plastic bones and other toys can also provoke these behaviors. Several dogs also stores materials to create a doss, so they sometimes steal clothes or towels for a better bed.
You can apply this dogs’ instinct to train them more easily!