WHY DOGS HOARD • Fifty million years ago dog-like critters came on the scene, but it was only 12 to 15 thousand years ago that they started hanging out with our caveman ancestors. That’s when domestication began. • Before domestication, dogs hunted in packs much like wolves do today.
WHY DOGS HOARD • Fifteen thousand years later, the instinct to plan for a future need is still alive and well in the psyche of our well-fed buddies. • They sometimes respond to their urges by burying food. Some pups address the age-old instinct by hiding toys or other favorite objects.
WHY DOGS HOARD • You can try to discourage food hoarding by setting a regular feeding schedule for your dog. Stay with him while he eats. When he turns away from the bowl, pick it up. That removes the opportunity for him to cart scraps off to a hiding place. • Some dogs do not hoard food. They choose instead to hide toys, your socks, or other items that seem to be important to them.
WHY DOGS HOARD • If your dog hides food, toys, your socks, or other things in special places, he is a hoarder. He isn’t being stingy. That age old instinct to plan for another day is influencing his behavior.
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