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Why do dogs bury bones?

Dog

When a dog buries a bone, it is probably following an age-old habit of burying food for safekeeping.

The ancestors of dogs were wild animals that lived outside.  These animals had to hunt for their food.

They often buried the food they could not finish eating in a meal, hiding it from scavengers.

This also enabled the wild dogs to have a leftovers for a future meal.  Modern house dogs are still born with this instinct to bury food, even though it is no longer necessary.   When burying a bone, a dog digs the hole with its front feet, but covers the bone with its nose.–Dick Rogers

Why do dogs bury bones?

Dog Bury A Bone

If we remember that our dogs are descended from dogs which lived in a wild state long ago, we can better understand some of their habits.

When a dog buries a bone, it may be because its wild ancestors often buried or cached what food they couldn’t eat in one meal to store it for a future meal, a habit which was necessary to life.

By burying food, a dog digs the hole with its front feet but covers the food with its nose.

Today’s dogs have many of the instinctive habits of their wild ancestors.

For example, a dog may turn around several times before lying down, in much the same way wild dogs trample the grass to make a sheltered bed.

When a dog bays at night, it is probably an ancestral habit from the time when all dogs ran in packs like wolves.

A dog may even roll in fifth to hid its own odor—a trick learned by dogs who hunted ages ago. – Dick Rogers