You’ve probably seen your puppy run around excited about his newly acquired treat, eager to bury him somewhere away from prying eyes. If not in some hole, secretly dug in the garden, you might have found the tidbit (or parts of it) hidden under pillows, carpets, or indoor furniture.
This stereotypical dog behavior happens more often than we think, and the pet can’t help it: it’s in their genes, dating back to an era much earlier than ours. Want to understand why, even indoors, your dog insists on burying or hiding food? Want to know if this is dangerous behavior? So keep reading as today’s text promises to explain everything in detail!
Why do dogs bury things?
As with many other behaviors, this tendency for dogs to bury their food is closely linked to their animal instincts. While still wild, dogs, like most wild carnivores, needed to fight for food and what was left of their prey. Burying food was a way to protect their spoils (what was gained) and secure alternatives for times of scarcity.
Why even domesticated dogs bury food?
There are, however, several reasons why your puppy, who is not starving, will continue to bury or hide food.
The first of these is related to the excess of food supply. If your pet has been getting more food and snacks than it can eat, it’s natural to choose to save it for later. Another reason would be the alternating food supply, some days scarce and others exaggerated.
Another reason could be the competition indoors. If you have more than one pet, it is possible that your puppy is burying or hiding food to prevent others from eating before him.
We can also consider:
- Boredom, that is, in his eagerness to find something to do, Totó decides to hide food and other precious toys;
- Stress, usually caused by bad experiences in the past or the behavior of the owner or other animals that insist on depriving him of some important object.
Is it possible to avoid this animal behavior?
In general, it is important to note the reasons why your dog buries or hides food and, from there, take action.
If you are offering food in excess or alternating with scarcity, it may be time to reassess your pet’s diet and set a more correct schedule for your diet. The dog’s age, size and activity level make all the difference when determining the amount of food consumed, not to mention any health conditions that also affect its digestion.
So, if you are having difficulty controlling the amount of food offered, do not hesitate to seek help from a veterinarian or other professional nutritionist!
Also look for a qualified professional if, along with this habit of digging and hiding things, you notice that your dog has been developing destructive behaviors. It is important to understand the root of the problem and treat your pet’s mental health before this behavior crystallizes in the animal.
Want to know more? So take the opportunity to read our content about other types of food that you can offer to the dog besides the kibble!