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Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?

 
Anonymous Coward
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01/26/2009 08:12 PM
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Your dog must be reading GLP when your not home, check and see if there are any post which you didn't make, maybe she did. Be careful she might out you as a homo or something while posting under your handle.
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01/26/2009 09:03 PM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
My dog does the same thing. She returns for the morsels she's hidden, occasionally, sometimes I find them though. It probably means that you're overfeeding your dog.
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My dog was the same. We lived in the country and this dog was a hell of a hunter. She loved banana muffins and would take a couple to hide, then eat a couple. And when she discided she had enough, she would refuse any more muffins. I think they do it to save for laters, LOL
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01/26/2009 09:17 PM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
evidently she has TOO MUCH FOOD if she is burying it for later.


or- you put her through periods of NO-FOOD and the dog has learned to stash some for when you are neglecting her.
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01/26/2009 09:37 PM
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MY DOG caught ME burying food and hoarding. :-)
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01/27/2009 12:44 AM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
Don't be concerned when she hides her food. Be concerned when she hides her poop.
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01/27/2009 12:47 AM
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Your dog is hoarding....he knows when the SHTF,he wont be starving.
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Oh crap...my cats ain't hoarding food, but one of my guns is missing...
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01/27/2009 01:32 AM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
or- you put her through periods of NO-FOOD and the dog has learned to stash some for when you are neglecting her.
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I'd lean towards this one. My dog now is a "hand-me-down", once owned by a friend of the family, then my sister, now me.

When my sister first got her, she was severely undernourished, and hid them all over the place (which isn't bad with milk-bones, but gets a little weird with bits of people food -- nothing like folding clothes and finding a washed bit of pizza). It took a long time to convince her that she wasn't going to starve, that it was okay to eat a treat, because there were more. Her original owner got her as a puppy, but didn't have any money, so the dog was hungry all the time.

Now she's fine, and she still hides stuff once in a while, but it's a different deal. Today she'll hide things that she doesn't really like (french fries, breadsticks, etc.) but it's a pretty rare thing, mostly on days when she's had plenty to eat. They don't last more than a few hours, often she goes and munches them in the middle of the night. (I know, because she hops out of bed, goes and gets them, and comes back to eat them...chewing loudly while I groan and try and fall asleep again.) She might do it 2-3 times a month. To me it's almost more like she's practicing hiding food than actually storing it.

So, IMO, if your dog's hiding a little food on occasion, that's pretty normal. If it's hiding a lot of food regularly, especially stuff that it likes, it's probably a sign something is wrong with the amount or type of food you're feeding it. Probably the amount of food. Most dogs will simply increase their energy output (drive you crazy wanting to play and running around the house like crazy) if they get more food than they need.

Also, while burying food is common in the wild, most dogs tend to avoid storing food in the house, because they can't really hide the food that well, and their instinct seems to be "better eat it before somebody else does".

My guess is that maybe you haven't kept the food bowl topped off in the past, and it might have gotten empty one too many times, so now the dog knows if it hides it's food and makes the dish look empty, you'll notice and fill it, then with the excess she hid, she'll get enough if you forget again. Perhaps her food bowl is too small?
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01/27/2009 01:42 AM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
not just regular human food either, she has recently started storing her dog food in all corner of the house and yard.

Is my dog sensing some shortage of food soon and making the necessary preparations?
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It's called "caching" (cashing). Foxes do it when they see a good opportunity to catch a meal, but they aren't hungry at the time, so they save it for later by burying the food underground so that other animals won't get it. Dogs don't have dirt to bury it under when inside the house, so they use blankets, rugs, toys, and anything else that is movable to cover it up.
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01/27/2009 01:53 AM
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It's normal for dogs and other animals to stash food. Relax and let her do her doggy thing.
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01/27/2009 02:58 AM
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It knows nibiru is coming...
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01/27/2009 03:07 AM
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It's a basic dog survival instinct. I had a dog who used to hide pig ears. She'd take an hour to hide it, looking behind every corner for the perfect spot. My other dog would then go find it and eat it herself.
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
was alcoholic in past ;ife.
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was alcoholic in past ;ife.
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your'e too much...!!! :)
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Never mind my advice. I don't have dogs and don't know what i'm talking about.
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your answer cracked me up...thanks...
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07/06/2012 06:06 AM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
One of my dogs covers her food with a dish towel after she's eaten some of it.
To "hide" it maybe.
Or, to keep the flies off.
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07/06/2012 06:08 AM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
feed your dog less

i feed my dog a bowl of food, walk inside, wash my hands, walk outside, all the food is gone, dog is just licking the bowl to make sure
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
Probably couldn't figure out how to sneak the tomato plants inside without you noticing
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Nathan the Dog has a problem, he´s a compulsive hoarder, he has stored 312 tennis balls, 126 rubber bones, 57 ropes and 24 bath ducks and that is only the content of his doghouse, he keeps buried 29 squirrels and 78 cans of dog food in the backyard as well as 12 dead ducks under the couch, Nathan now is in therapy. tounge
And Miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep....
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
my cat would act like she was burying her food after eating it.
every day of her life.
its how i knew she was full.


i think it has to do with predators...smelling food.
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
not just regular human food either, she has recently started storing her dog food in all corner of the house and yard.

Is my dog sensing some shortage of food soon and making the necessary preparations?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 600770


[link to wiki.answers.com]

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It's called "caching" (cashing). Foxes do it when they see a good opportunity to catch a meal, but they aren't hungry at the time, so they save it for later by burying the food underground so that other animals won't get it. Dogs don't have dirt to bury it under when inside the house, so they use blankets, rugs, toys, and anything else that is movable to cover it up.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 341778


thank you for adding this!
it makes alot of sense to me.
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11/09/2013 10:17 AM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
Your dog is doomsday prepping. They know when eartquakes are coming, so they surely know it's the end.
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11/09/2013 10:25 AM
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Re: Why does my dog hide food all over the house and yard?
Your dog behaves like other wild predators. Excess food that gets retract later. There is nothing unusual. Typical normal behavior of animals such as dogs.

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