The Root of the Behavior The simplest explanation for why your dog buries its food and its toys is that it is tapping into an instinct that has been passed down through dogs for centuries. When dogs in the wild caught prey to eat, they would bury the leftovers in the ground to come back to at a later time.
Bury the food. By burying carcasses and bones, dogs were essentially creating natural refrigerators for them. The dirt prevented other creatures from smelling and finding their bounty, maintained freshness longer by keeping away sunlight, and also “marinated” the food with the tastes of the earth. Yum.
Survival Mode. If your dog simulates burying her meals before she eats, she may be in "survival mode," a throwback from her ancestory. This instinctive behavior goes way back down your pet's ancestral line to a time when food wasn't so easy to come by.
Your dog is just practicing the canine instinct of food hoarding. To understand this peculiar behavior, it helps to look back to your dog's wild ancestors.
If she is not producing healthy milk she may bury her young expecting them not to survive. This is why it is vital to visit your vet right after the delivery.
Turtle wanders off and starts to bury her doll underneath a tree. Taylor tells her that the doll won't grow, but Turtle calls the doll Mama. Taylor realizes that Turtle must be trying to reenact her mother's burial. Taylor's love for Turtle allows her to put aside her longing for Estevan.
Dogs don't experience food the same way humans do. While people easily get bored of food, dogs have only a fraction of the taste buds humans have, which means they don't crave new tastes the same way people do.
Jumping around food can be seen as playful and cute but it could also be an indication that your pup is guarding his food. Address the issue right away through positive reinforcement by showing your dog that he will be rewarded greatly if he stays still.
“Dogs naturally long for companionship, so he may just want to see you or be near you while he eats,” says Cornwell. Dogs are family members but often don't eat with the family. Carrying the food to where you are could be a sign that your pet simply wants to be part of the family dynamic.
Some think it goes back to the mammal/wolf instinct of taking food away from the “kill” or to protect their portion from other's stealing it while they are eating. Other owners report that their dogs bring the food out of the bowl away from a hard floor to a softer surface such as carpet or towels.
Many dogs push their food bowls around; it might be vestigial to the dog's foraging instinct. Many dogs also pick food out of the bowl and carry it to another location to eat it. Another suggests: Depending on the breed of your dog, and dominance level, it's food looks rather bleak.
The possessive and territorial behavior results from the worry that a competitor is going to take the precious food away -- uh oh. Apart from simple growling, some canines may "food guard" by running off with the valuable food in mouth, chasing or even biting -- yikes.
Your dog tries to bury your baby because this behavior is instilled in them through their ancestors. In the wild, their ancestors often buried food to protect it from being taken by other predators (called 'caching'). Modern dogs tend to hide or bury things of value to them to protect it from harm.