Why Does My Dog... Bury Bones and Other Objects?

How to Respond

Dogs have long been advocates of the “save for a rainy day” mentality, and their mighty noses faithfully guide them back to the places where they have buried their treasures. But that doesn't mean you need to let your dog stash his treasures all over your house.

To minimize this type of hoarding, pick up spare toys or dog bones. Limit your dog’s access to one or two toys at a time and store the rest away. Rotate your dog's toys regularly. By limiting the quantity and providing variety, you may lessen your dog’s strong urge to take his treasures out into the yard and bury them.

Indoors, direct her need to bury by teaching your dog to hide a favorite bone or toy under a blanket. Make it a fun game you play a few times a week. Strive to improve your dog’s vocabulary understanding by having her correctly bury the right object.

Vet's Note

Burying things can be a nuisance for you, but it can be a health hazard for your dog. The backyard marinating of an old bone may cause stomach upset or diarrhea in your dog. If this is the case, she needs vet care. For the sake of her health, do not let your dog take edible items out to the backyard to bury.

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