26 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Why Your Small Dog Likes To Hoard

There are several ways you can help stop your dog from hoarding. Photo courtesy  Valerie Moore, Flickr

There are several ways you can help stop your dog from hoarding. Photo courtesy Valerie Moore, Flickr

“I want all my toys in one place. Woof!”

Are you finding that your fur baby likes to hide certain things like food, toys, or other household items? This is a common problem, but one that can be managed. Find out why your small dog likes to hoard with some great tips on helping them to learn better habits.

Why Your Small Dog Likes To Hoard

Is your dog a hoarder? Does she hide food around the house? Has she collected up toys and stood guard over them? Like a lot of issues with dogs, hoarding is a behavior that has roots in a dog’s oldest instincts, which clash with a modern lifestyle around humans.

 

In the wild, dogs weren’t guaranteed a meal every day, and when hunting was good and there was plenty to eat it made sense to hide away some extra so there would be food on the days the hunting didn’t go well. For dogs, the most natural thing was to dig a hole and bury the leftovers.

 

This creates a couple of problems in a modern home. Most of us feed our dogs well, and we feed them regularly. But because dogs live in the moment and don’t really have a conception of the future, they don’t understand that tomorrow you will again put a bowl of food out for them. And the next day. And the day after that. So you might catch your dog grabbing a mouthful and running off to another room to hide it away. Read more about Dog Hoarding in Why Dogs Hoard… here.

When you discover that things are missing in your home the answer is now simple – it is your fur baby! Understanding why your small dog likes to hoard is the first step to not only being able to find their toys, but also eliminating any hidden foods inside your home that may rot.

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