Why do dogs bury bones 1

Why is a bone buried?

Every now and then a bone, almost every dog ​​likes that. It is wonderful to chew on, often occupying many hours. Every now and then the rest is buried, taken out again after a few days and then the nibbling continues with relish.

But why do dogs bury their bones? To understand this better, one has to put oneself in the shoes of wild wolves. The luxury of a regular food ration, as it is a matter of course for domestic dogs, would appear to them as pure luxury. Hunting luck provides them with far less regularity in nature. If the prey is small, such as a mouse or a rabbit, the meal is quickly devoured.

Medium-sized prey, for example a small deer, is eaten by several members of a wolf pack within 24 hours. The wolves have the ability to eat relatively large quantities at once. Almost in stock - who knows when something will be available again? This has been retained in the house dog, albeit to a lesser extent. Many dogs overestimate their needs and, when the opportunity arises, eat much more than they actually need.

If a wolf pack kills larger prey, for example a sheep or fully grown red deer, the food supply is so plentiful for a while that you can hardly keep up with the food. Simply leaving the meat lying around harbors various dangers: food competitors could track it down and steal it. Hot climates, insects and maggots could spoil the meat and make it inedible. In order to keep the supply for later, it is buried. Mostly on the spot.

The prey is held in the snout and a hole of the appropriate size is dug with the front paws. The chunk of meat is then dropped into the hole, which is then carefully filled with earth.

So a landfill is created for bad days, which you can return to later. The “iron reserve” is then scratched free with the front paws, taken in the snout and shaken vigorously a few times so that the earth loosens. Then this leftover can be eaten.

So the burial of food occurs when there is a temporary excess. A regularly fed dog sees a bone as a welcome addition, an oversupply that is instinctively “secured” for bad days. Nowadays common dog food, mostly in small chunks, as canned food or as a porridge, can hardly be held between the teeth and is not suitable for burying. Otherwise that would happen too, if there was anything left. Sometimes it can be observed that dogs try to "bury" their not completely emptied food bowl in the corner of a room. The "burial" is only carried out as a rudimentary substitute act, which leads to the bowl being pushed into the corner in order to "hide" it and thus prevent hungry robbers from accessing it.

It may also be that a bone that has been buried in the ground for a while gains an even more interesting aroma for the dog and is perceived as particularly tasty, similar to how people consider some types of cheese to be tasty only after a certain maturation process.