Why Do Female Dogs Bury Bones?

By Tom •  Updated: 06/21/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Female Dogs Bury Bones?

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There are many funny cartoons that show dogs burying bones in various places. While these are cute stories, is it true that female dogs bury bones?

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Have you noticed your dog burying bones? Are you wondering why your fur baby is burying bones? If so, you’ve come to the right place! We know it can be a little unsettling to see your dog bury things like this!

So, we’ve put together some information about the most common reasons a female dog may bury bones. Let’s get started!

Why Do Female Dogs Bury Bones?

You have a special treat for your female dog and believe she’s doing to love it! You call her over and present her with this marvelous treat! Then your dog takes her bone outside and buries it! What’s up with that?

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Dogs still have many of the same instincts as their wild ancestors. Back when your fur baby’s ancestors were wild canines, predators and scavengers roamed the land. When your dog’s wild canine ancestors hunted and killed their prey, their instincts were to immediately bury the prey for a future meal. Yum!

Other animals also practice a similar behavior, and it’s all about saving food for a later time. For instance, gerbils will take food from their dish and hide it in a corner of their cage. Why? Because they’re saving a snack for later, even when there’s food always on hand in their cage! Your dog is the same way.

She takes her prized possession (the bone you gave her) and buries it in the backyard or another place she keeps her “treasure.” Your dog does this to save the bone for later!

This behavior is more common in homes that have more than one dog. Some dogs even try to bury their favorite toys and dog treats so you and other canines can’t find them!

What’s more, some dog breeds are more prone to digging and burying bones, treats, and more. If your female dog is only burying bones, be grateful! Some dogs have been known to steal underwear, pantyhose, and more, only to bury them in the backyard!

Summing it Up

The good news is that in most cases, there’s no problem with your dog burying her bones. However, if the behavior becomes a problem, you may want to contact the vet. A problem would be something like your dog digging up the carpet, hiding your possessions, and more.

If your fur baby is acting like this, she may be suffering from a health problem or behavioral issue. So, if your TV remote is missing, you may know where to look for it!

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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