It’s a Dog’s World……. Burying Bones
Ancient dogs didn’t have people around. No people meant no refrigerators, no ready-to-eat meals and no safe place to keep valuables. Dogs survived on what they could catch or find and if they managed to get more than they could eat at one feeding, they had to hide their goodies to be sure it would be there when they came back for it later. Hence the beginning of burying.
Fast forward to today. Not every dog buries bones. In fact, since digging serves no practical purpose anymore, it’s gradually disappearing from dogs’ behavioral file cabinet. In a thousand years, it’s possible that dogs will never bury anything. But in the meantime, flower beds and gardens will get impromptu rototilling as dogs eagerly bury their stuff. Remember: dogs mimic. As they closely watch people bury bulbs, seeds and plant shrubs, they start thinking they should be burying things as well. Further, living around other treasure-burying neighborhood canines may make your dog more likely to pick up the habit.
Dogs bury left-overs, not the main meal. That’s why a dog with 10 bones may bury 9 of them. A dog with 1 bone will never let it out of his sight. Now that you know this, when trying to protect your yard, give your dog only 1 bone at a time. Also keep in mind that it’s sometimes easier to encourage your dog to dig as long as it’s a spot you can live with. Pick a few square feet in the yard and designate it an authorized digging zone. You can get things rolling by throwing a little dirt on his bones or toys and encourage him to have at it. Digging breeds: Irish terriers, dachshunds and Huskies.