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Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?

You stash your prized possessions in a vault, bank, safe-deposit box, or under a mattress. Your pooch stows his treasures — bones, treats, toys, TV remotes — in a backyard hole or under a couch cushion.

Burying objects is an instinct for dogs, says Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, owner of Pawsitive Results, in Lexington, S.C., and the author of several dog-training books.

Why Dogs Bury BonesYour pup probably gets it from his ancestors. As predators and scavengers, dogs didn’t know when or where they could find their next meal, explains Anderson. If they had leftovers, they buried it and saved it for later.

“Other animals do this, too,” she says. “Think of squirrels, who bury their nuts in your yard. They’re just not very good at it!”

Some scientists think burying food underground masks the smell of it so other foragers can’t find it. Others believe the dirt keeps the food cool, so it doesn’t rot as quickly.

Nowadays, if your pooch lives in a multi-dog household, Anderson says …