Ok.. so when I give Jasmine a marrow bone, half the time she'll just eat it. The other half of the time she will walk around with it and try to find a spot to hide it. She will try hiding it in many places... in her bed, in my bed, on the couch, etc. When she can't find the 'right' place to hide it, she will walk up to me and cry and moan nonstop. Why? What does that mean?
Adventually she'll just lay down and eat the bone but what the heck???
This is a typical normal behavior for say a wolf to hide any food they aren't going to eat.But will come back for it later to eat. Ever see a dog eat somehting, and then try to bury it with their nose. When it comes to our dogs, these behaviors have been diluted, intensifyed(over thousands of years), and some dogs don't quite know what to do, but they probly feel as though they should be doing something with it. Let him out in the yard and see if the dog buries it. It could also be a possession issue, or attention seeking behavior, but its hard to tell with out seeing and knowing the dog.
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Riley, Daisy (my grandpuppy) will do that also. If she can't find a spot to hide it she just holds it in her mouth and whins. ?????
I agree with Cooper because when you put her outside she is happy because there is lots of trees to hide it.
Last spring after Daisy left (I had her the first 6 weeks after Tonya adopted her because she was still in school) Any way cleaning up the back yard I found pigs ears, toy and bones hiding under the rubarb, pine trees, hostas or whatever place she could find!
Aren't they just wonderful!!! They are just so fun!
Happy New Year Ash~ Thanks for all the help you have given me since June. Mostly the diet info for my dogs!
My pug Scritch does that. After a trip to the vet we discovered that she had an infection in her gums that probably made chewing painful. After a course of antibiotics she stopped doing that. Might want to check it out.
All of my dogs have done this, I believe it's just because, they want to save it for later, and even though you gave it to them, you are part of the pack, so they don't know that your not going to take it back. Jonah usually does this when he's to tired to eat something, and Mariya will take it if she finds it.
Magnum takes his chews and "buries" them, usually in the corner of a couch or chair. He goes so far as to push "dirt" over them with his head. It's the cutest thing when he backs off to check if they're covered well, then decides, nope, need a little more and continues pushing the non-existent dirt over it. I always say, "Good job, Magnum! Nobody but you knows where it is NOW!" even though the durn thing is in plain view!
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The food makes more since to me than a toy. Mandy goes and gets one of her babies, (only after eating) and will walk the floor whinning. We have never figured that one out and she does it everytime she eats.
LOR, I thought my Molly Beagle was the only nut when it comes to dog treats!!! LOL Some of the places she hides things is un- believable. She had a field day with our Christmas tree skirt. Its a big fluffy handmade one from my MIL, and it could be scrunched up into lots of nooks and crannies to hide snacks. She even stuffs things down between the sections of our recliner sofa. I keep telling her one of these days we are going to be over run by mice because of all her cookie hoarding.
lol, dogs are funny. One time Jasmine spent about 10 minutes hiding her marrow bone. i went and looked, she had it next to the hot tub. Not under anything or behind anything. It was right out in the open. But she was somehow scratching at the floor for 10 minutes to put it there lol. And after all that she went and got it 2 minutes later and ate it.
Another funny thing Molly does is she will hide her cookies in the corner and then take her nose and act like she is pushing dirt over it, she has made carpet burns on her nose doing that. Or she will carry every toy she has, she has even taken newspapers we have left on the floor, and hide her goodies under them. I have found wadded up scrap s of paper, tug ropes, ect. piled here under the computer desk and sure as the world if you get down and move it there is a doggie treat hidden there. I think she is a nut, LOL
We've got 4 dogs so competition is a factor. When one of them needs a break from hiding their marrow bone or treat of the day from the other dogs they come to us and whine. In my opinion they feel that they have just chosen the only truly safe hiding place because they trust us to guard it for them. I usually just stuff it in my pocket (making sure to remember which dog gave it to me) and sooner or later the dog comes back for it and pokes their nose at my pocket.