Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?

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Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?You may find your dog burying a toy or bone, then digging it up and reburying it elsewhere. This is very common. In fact, your dog may even “bury” items inside on furniture or carpeting. Sometimes they’ll even bury things in piles of laundry. So the next time you’re looking for the TV remote, car keys or your cell phone, you may want to look under the couch cushions and in your laundry! Find out why they do this and how to get them to stop.

Dogs Bury Bones As A Form of Survival

Why do dogs bury their bones? Because a dog’s natural instinct is to keep his things protected and in a safe place. Dogs used to bury items as a form of survival. They would roam in packs and hunt for their food. As you can imagine, this would take some time so when they caught something they didn’t want to risk losing it. So what did they do? They buried it. Later, they would come back to it to eat.

They basically created a refrigerator for their food. Burying their food would help with many things. Other creatures couldn’t find it, the food was kept fresher longer and it was “marinated” with a decadent, earthy flavor!

Why Do Domestic Dogs Bury Things?

As domesticated pets, most dogs don’t have to hunt for food today. So why are they still burying things? Well, first of all, it’s their natural instinct! Dogs have the urge to ensure they’ll have food later. So they bury their food sometimes to make sure their needs are met.

Another reason is that you may be giving your dog too much! (Is there such a thing? 😉 ) Spoiling your dog with too much food, toys or treats can result in them burying it. They may not want to risk having it taken away from them so they say, “Neat! I’ll save this for later!” So, by not overfeeding, you may prevent obesity and excessive burying in the yard, too.

Dogs also bury items as a game. They may be looking for you to play with them. Things buried in this instance may not be their own items but instead your shiny belongings like jewelry, shoes and smaller electronics. These are often things that they see as being valuable to you. So, they could be items you use on a regular basis. If this is happening, your dog may be bored or lonely and seeking attention.

Video: Travelers Insurance Commercial Dog with Bone

You might remember this adorable commercial for Travelers Insurance which features a dog who is hiding his bone.

How Do I Stop My Dog From Burying Items?

Some things you can do to help stop your dog from burying stuff is to rotate their toys, play with them, take them on walks or to the dog park and give them the attention they need. Never scold your pup after the fact, he will not understand what he is being punished for. If the problem continues, you should consult your vet or enlist the help of a professional. We recommend Doggy Dan’s online course which you can do from the comfort of your home. And you can learn more about why your dog does other silly things like chase their tail or digs holes.

What does your dog like to bury and where?

Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She and her husband adopted Sally, a four-year-old hound mix, in early 2017, and she has brought so much joy into their lives. Life as pet parents has been very rewarding.

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Chase\'s mom
My dog doesn’t burry anything but sometimes on walks he’ll start doing a digging motion with his back paws and kicks up dirt. Maybe to try and cover up his pee or poop?