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Posted: 02/29/12 09:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have 2 labs and a red heeler. When I get them raw hides, the male (youngest of the three) always buries his. The other two chew/eat theirs immediately and I just think it's strange that Chip buries his...Whether he ever goes back & gets it is beyond me as we're not with him constantly, but I don't think he does! Any explanations??


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Dogs were once totally wild animals. They would bury their extra food so that no other animal could get to it. This was like their system of us putting food in our pantry or refrigerator. When they get a bone and do not want to share it, they bury to keep it from other dogs or "intruders" like you who might want to take it from them.

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They bury it to allow it to rot, so they can dig it up later and eat it to make their breath smell better.


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Posted: 02/29/12 09:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To a dog its like money in the bank.
Try not feeding him for a few days and I'll bet that buried bone comes out again.

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One of mine does the same thing but he never seems to remember where he buries it. Then he tries to take one away from the other two dogs.

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Them are our future OIL deposits.


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Same reason some people save for the future and others spend it all today.

I think it is an inherent survival instinct that has long since outlived its usefullness. At least for domestic dogs.

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Lucy our Bassett would bury her rawhides. One spring day I noticed her chewing on a "rag". Found it was a well softened rawhide she had buried the previous fall. Guess she figured it needed to be "processed".


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Our two current dogs, one is a big male lab, the other is a smaller lab mix, both eat their bones right away, but the male always wants to parade around and show everyone what he has, then he will lie down and "sing" to it. Then he eats it. It is very odd. The female snarfs hers down right away.

The last dog, a very sensitive german shepherd mix, would take his treats out to the yard, roll on them, then bury them, then almost immediately, he would dig it up and eat it.

So, our dogs, both male dogs has/had some ritual that they do when they get a treat.

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You've probably already done this.........
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