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50 touching photos of mom-dogs and their puppies

7 months ago
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Becoming a mother - what could be better? And it doesn't matter what kind of "breed" it is - human or animal. Because no one canceled the maternal instinct, any mother will take care of her cub and protect him in every possible way.

 

A happy mother with children is probably the best thing in this world

 

Take, for example, dogs. During the first few weeks, mother dogs shower their newborns with undivided attention and care to create the most favorable living conditions.

 

Because puppies come into this world unable to see, hear, or walk, this early period is critical (it is estimated that they spend about 10% of their time eating and the other 90% sleeping) - it is their mother's job to satisfy everyone. Their needs range from nutrition to learning essential skills.

 

Over time, dog mothers continue to develop the independence of their babies without ceasing to patronize them. Therefore, we can safely say that these beautiful animals take their parental responsibilities seriously. And some mothers (in particular, from among the people) would do well to take an example from them. This Reddit user shared photos of their dogs becoming mothers.

 

1. Yesterday, our foster dog whelped. It's not quite what we expected...

 

2. The most reliable shelter

Erin Caribe, MD, medical director of Best Friends Animal Society, says that until weaning (when puppies switch from milk to solid food), babies get all their nutrition from their mother's milk. “Weaning naturally begins at 4-6 weeks of age when puppies begin to show interest in food,” says Dr. Catribe. “However, during this period, they should still have access to their mother’s milk as their transition to solid foods is gradual.”

 

The weaning process is essential for puppies: they learn behavior from their mother and their littermates. Important landmarks necessary for the separation of puppies must be carried out in the order of natural development. Otherwise, problems may arise as the puppies get older.

 

3. Our adopted dog Ellie became a mother of these motley babies yesterday.

 

4. The happiest mother

“Maternal social interaction with puppies is critical for at least seven weeks and ideally beyond. They learn to interact with each other - "to talk like a dog," says Dr. Katribe.

 

“For example, by biting during the game, the mother and littermates signal to the puppy that he has gone too far and end the game - this is how the puppy learns to suppress the desire to bite hard, realizing that this should not be done. This is an important skill for later life. Puppies also learn about body postures and vocalization types, key components of canine communication."

 

5. The perfect family photo

 

6. Lulu with her little boy

Caribe emphasized that puppies must remain in their biological family until at least seven weeks to achieve full psychological development through interaction with their mother and siblings. “Those who are previously separated from their mother and litter are more prone to behavioral disorders, including separation anxiety and increased fear response,” the doctor explained. "Puppies that stay with their mother and litter longer, especially if exposed to new experiences, tend to respond better to new experiences later in life and become better-adapted pets."

 

On the other hand, puppies bred specifically for purchase in pet stores are separated very young and then placed in a kennel with limited access to new sights, sounds, and experiences, and therefore their socialization suffers.

 

7. Our Luz gave birth to two princesses

 

8. I Managed to get this cute picture of my husky and her puppy snuggling up together (she became a first-time mom and gave birth to 8 adorable puppies)

“In a shelter setting, if mothers and puppies are physically housed in a shelter, we must balance the benefits of keeping them, along with the risks of infectious disease, which are higher in those settings. Ideally, mothers and litters are placed in foster homes rather than on-site, as this reduces the risk of disease and provides a much better environment for the important socialization of puppies through new experiences and people,” Caribe explained.

 

“If moms and puppies are to be placed in a shelter, starting the weaning process and separating puppies from mom earlier will allow them to be adopted sooner; then they can experience socialization in their foster home. And the shelter will be able to save the lives of other mothers and puppies who might not have had a chance without him.”

 

9. This happy mom Pibble and her cute puppies made my day

 

10. Mother and daughter

As cute as these photos look, we must remember that caring for puppies, moms, and litters is a lot of work. “Raising a mom and puppies, or raising an older puppy (until they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted) at your local shelter can be a great way to get a feel for what it’s all about without the extra commitment,” Caribe said. . “Besides, sometimes we can't control when a puppy is separated. But we can take steps to socialize orphaned puppies as much as possible. "In these situations, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced trainer or behavioral veterinarian to have the best chance of achieving social development."

 

11. Proud Mother Corgi With A Litter Of 15 Puppies

 

12. Feeding time

 

13. Mother of the family

 

14. Last week, she gave birth to 8 children in an orphanage.

Last night she got her room with her bed and everything she needed! After all, she is now a mother!

 

15. Beautiful family

 

16. This mommy dog ​​comforts her puppy on her first day as a police dog.

 

17. Moment of mother's pride

 

18. It's impossible not to fall in love with these cute faces

 

19. Ravioli saw her puppies for the first time

 

20. Hammock full of husky

 

21. 6 hours + 9 puppies = 1 tired mom

 

22. Mom and her cute little children. Can you believe she was going to be euthanized?

 

23. Look, this is your baby!

 

24. Proud mother

 

25. Family

 

26. I was photographing a litter of 1 weak old puppy today when my other dog photobombed me.

 

27. Mother heroine

 

28. Under reliable protection

 

29. Pay in order!

 

30. Well-fed children - a happy mother

 

31. This is Jessie, the proud mother of ten.

 

32. Nursery and mother-caregiver

 

33. Here it is - happiness!

 

34. Everyone is equal, like a selection!

 

35. The pile is small

 

36. Rowena with her children Roz, Harvey, Pru, and Brina

 

37. Our dog just had nine puppies and is delighted

 

38. Solid charm

 

39. Well, how can you not be touched!

 

40. There is a new addition to our family

 

41. Well, that's it; it remains to feed the last one - and you can relax!

 

42. What peace in the eyes!

 

43. Walking

 

44. My Appetite is good!

 

45. Why not speckled?

 

46. ​​Mom is so warm and cozy!

 

47. Look like toys

 

48. My daughter adopted a pregnant (as it turned out later) mongrel. Does anyone have any advice on raising puppies?

 

49. Our girl Lucy had 12 puppies today

 

50. First puppies of our Daisy

 

 

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According to the rangers, since December 1, 15 coyotes attacks on people have been recorded in Stanley Park. Two of the victims were on bicycles. In 13 cases, animal bites were considered serious by doctors. Bemorepana collected some information about the attacks and also the Coyote Vest.

 

Moreover, attacks occur not only in the depths of the park, but also on the embankment around it.

 

The exact number of coyotes living in Stanley Park is unknown. It is assumed - from 6 to 12. Two of them have already been put to sleep because of their aggressive behavior.

 

Coyotes have been living in this park for a long time, since the 1980s. But they never behaved so aggressively.

 

Danny Pisas, coordinator of the Stanley Park Ecology Society, says the coyotes situation in Stanley Park is quite unique, as no other Metro Vancouver park shows such aggression.

 

 

Danny assumes that someone is feeding animals, and they stop being afraid of people and rely on tasty and light food.

 

As a reminder, the fine for feeding wild animals is $ 50,000.

 

It is quite possible, Danny Pisas also suggests, that the coyotes are just ... playing. Like dogs. They bite each other while playing. And they just do not understand how terrible and painful their bites are for a person ...

 

“Usually coyotes are afraid of humans, but if given food, they approach people and feel more confident to attack,” says Ariane Comeau, a biologist at the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

 

In recent weeks, it could be dangerous to walk in Stanley Park. Indeed, at least five walkers described an encounter with a rather aggressive coyote, not at all afraid of the human presence.

 

Conservation officers were on site to track the animal and several trails remained closed on Tuesday.

 

 

The coyote was caught Monday morning, officers decided to keep several trails closed in case there was more than one affected coyote, Ariane Comeau said.

 

The young gray coyote was no longer afraid of being around and even attacking humans. Usually coyotes are afraid of humans, but if given food they will approach people and feel more confident to attack, says the biologist at the Stanley Park Ecology Society. Several people were observed feeding the animal.

 

The inventors of special harnesses for small dogs are seeing an increase in sales following a series of observations and attacks of cougars and coyotes in the Vancouver subway.

North Shore Veterinary Clinic, Alison Columbus and Janice Vot developed their own harness for small dogs in 2019. Columbus works as a technician and Vot is an assistant at a clinic in North Vancouver.

 

The couple invented the PredatorBWear harness after being frustrated by the number of small dogs they noticed coming to treatment after being attacked by bigger threats, such as coyotes, raccoons and even bigger dogs.

 

Despite the punk rock aesthetic, the device was popular with dog owners when it was launched a few years ago, Vot said.

 

Meet the Dog With the Viral Spiky Coyote Vest - The Atlantic

 

Wildlife advocates have not commented on the point harness, but said it is important for dog owners to pay close attention to the environment as they walk through the forest.

 

"We have lice and cougars that cross the North Shore regularly without incident, but there are things we should always do when we take our pets on trails," said Lucy Cadman, executive director of the North Shore Black Bear Society. .

 

Cadman said making noise while walking in the countryside and keeping the dog on a leash can be an effective deterrent to a small dog stumbling over a larger wild animal.

 

"Dogs without a leash can go out on the path and disturb a resting bear. Or they can disturb a family of coyotes, and this dog will be considered a threat to these animals, "said Cadman.

 

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Columbus and Voth are currently busy with international orders for PredatorBWear harnesses.

 

"I think everyone just needs to know what's going on," Vot said. "It's just to help, to be a deterrent."

 

But sales have really risen in recent months, following cases of coyotes biting people and small dogs at Stanley Park in Vancouver and several sightings and attacks on cougars in the Three City area.

 

Earlier this week, a cougar was euthanized in Port Moody after guards said he acted unnatural and searched yards and schools during the day.

 

Police also warned Port Moody pet owners to be vigilant after five cougar attacks on dogs in Coquitlam, Port Moody and Anmore, including two attacks that killed dogs in the past month.

 

"Our sales have increased - it's a shame that the dogs were injured, but I think it also made people learn about their environment," Vot said. "We continue to see these attacks. We had to find something to help these guys. "

 

Not to play in the dog park

What Are CoyoteVests and Do They Work? | PEOPLE.com

 

The Velcro harness uses a series of hard, hollow, rounded plastic tips designed to prevent a predator from being caught in its jaws or claws, says Wott.

 

The harness is best for small and medium-sized dogs, she says, who may be older, blind or deaf, recovering from surgery or injured, antisocial, living near a wooded area, or accompanying their human companion in hiking in the woods.

 

"We do not approve of going to the dog park for such things. Our intention is for any creature to try to bite or grab the pet, feel those tips on the tip of its mouth and release them, "said Vot, who noted that the straps use empty plastic tips to prevent injury to the attacking creature.

 

Recently, Columbus and Vot donated one of their PredatorBWear harnesses to a toy poodle named Sebastian, with whom the duo established a bond after treating the dog twice at their clinic in recent years.

 

Sebastian lost his leg after being attacked by an older dog three years ago and injured again last summer after a larger breed injured his chest and neck.

 

"The poor dog is terribly lucky," said Vot.

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Facts about dogs

8 months ago
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Dogs are great – they provide us with love, companionship and are always there when we need them. But did you know there’s far more to dogs than meets the eye?


We all know dogs have been ‘man’s best friend’ for thousands of years, but there’s loads more to our four-legged friends which makes them really amazing.


We’ve put together some of our favourite canine facts so you can learn a little more about your pooch.



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Sometimes it seems that so much has already been written and known about dogs that there is nothing to write about except for fantasy on the Internet. But it turns out that our pets will delight us with scientific facts for a long time, since science does not stand still. For example, you could hardly imagine that there are dogs that cannot bark, or that there is only one breed of dog with six toes. But if you continue to read this article, you will quickly see that these are far from the only entertaining facts about a person's faithful companions.

 

Facts that prove that nature did a good job on the “Dog” project

 

Even if you are a big dog lover, you probably have not heard about the facts that we at Bemorepanda have collected and that we want to share with you. And don't miss the bonus at the end about the Beatles song, with sounds that only barking little brothers can hear.

 

1. Charming Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs are in Welsh fairy tales and myths

In Welsh folklore, these dogs pull fairy carriages, help herd fairy cattle, and are the steeds of fairy warriors.

 

2. Studies have shown that Border Collies are the smartest dogs.

This was found by scientists from the University of British Columbia. These dogs learn a new command in less than five seconds and obey their owner 95% of the time. In second place according to this criterion are poodles, in third place are shepherd dogs.

 

3. Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular dogs in the US since 2013.

4. Basenjis do not bark, but make different sounds.

They purr, snort, make other strange sounds that sometimes resemble laughter. Sometimes it looks like they're grumbling.

 

5. The first Olympic mascot was a dachshund named Waldi.

At the Olympic Games in 1972, which were held in Munich, this dog became the first mascot in the history of the Games, which was named Waldi. This is a male dachshund, which is valued in Bavaria for endurance, perseverance and dexterity.

 

6. Huskies helped save children In Alaska In 1925

In early 1925, a diphtheria epidemic broke out in Nome, Alaska. To combat it, hospitals needed anti-diphtheria serum. Due to a snow storm, it was impossible to deliver it by plane. As a result, the serum was delivered by train to the station, which was located a thousand kilometers from the village. The rest of the way, the medicine was carried by dog ​​sleds.

 

7. Greyhounds are the World's Fastest Dogs

They are capable of speeds up to 70 km/h.

 

8. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is the only breed that can climb trees

These dogs are used for hunting fur-bearing animals. But it can also be used for hunting elk, bear and wild boar. In pursuit of their prey, these dogs are able to climb trees.

 

9. Basset Hounds use their long ears to pick up scents.

Their ears drag along the ground and pick up scents.

 

10. On average, the intelligence of dogs corresponds to the intelligence of a 2-year-old child.

According to the American Psychological Association, dogs can learn up to 250 words and gestures, which is something a two-year-old can also do.

 

11. Dogs have three eyelids

Two of their eyelids are visible, and one is hidden. The third is in the inner corner of the dog's eyes. It contains the lacrimal glands.

 

12. The world's first dog lived 31,700 years ago and looked like a Siberian Husky

The prehistoric dog was about the size of a sheepdog, with a broad but short muzzle and a broader braincase than that of a wolf.

 

13. Male small dogs hold their legs high when they go to the bathroom to make other dogs look bigger.

According to a study conducted by scientists from Cornell University (USA), small dogs lift their legs high when they walk in a small way to deceive larger dogs into thinking they are bigger than they really are.

 

14. Dogs drink with the back of their tongue.

Dogs don't have cheeks, so they can't drink water like we can. Dogs move their tongue very quickly, twisting it back to create an impulse that causes water to collect in a column and rise into the mouth.

 

15. When dogs sleep, they instinctively curl up to protect their vitals and keep warm.

If the puppy sleeps without curling up, it means that he is just hot or feels safe.

 

16. Dog ears control 18 muscles

For reference: people have only six of them. Dogs can rotate and tilt their ears to pick up sound waves effectively. Their ears can also move independently of each other, allowing them to hear sounds from different directions.

 

17. Dogs can now watch TV thanks to the invention of high-definition (HD) television technology with higher frame rates. Before that, to our smaller brothers, the TV seemed to be something like a strobe light.

Now that modern televisions are generating more frames per second, dogs can perceive images like film in the same way that we do.

 

18. A dog's sense of smell is 10,000-100,000 times sharper than a human's.

Dogs are able to detect substances in concentrations of one part per trillion - it's like a dog finding one dirty sock among two million clean ones.

 

19. Dogs have sweat glands on their paw pads.

They have a type of sweat glands called merocrine glands that are located in the pads of their paws. Despite this, dogs with sweaty paws are relatively rare.

 

20. Dogs can be trained to detect cancer and other diseases.

In the human body, cancer cells, in comparison with healthy ones, secrete special metabolic products. The difference is actually so significant that dogs are quite capable of detecting cancer. Dogs can also sniff out cancer cells with a single human breath.

 

21. Dogs can get jealous

While our pets may be jealous and envious, their emotions are not as complex as those of humans. According to the American Kennel Club, our little brothers have a sense of justice (for example, everyone is rewarded for their efforts), but not when justice is more detailed (for example, when a meal or other reward is equal in volume).

 

22. A Greyhound can beat a Cheetah in the long run.

Despite the fact that the maximum speed of the Greyhound is not as high as that of cheetahs (a wild cat can run 80-130 km / h), they are more enduring in long-distance running. Cheetahs are champions only in the sprint. Thus, in a long-distance race, the Greyhound will eventually overtake the predator.

 

23. Dogs' wet nose helps absorb aromatic chemicals.

Various chemicals settle on a wet nose. Dogs lick their noses to taste them.

 

Wet noses also help dogs regulate their body temperature and keep them cool. Unlike humans, our pets do not have normal sweat glands on their bodies.

 

24. The normal body temperature of dogs ranges from 37.4-39.0 ⁰С

A temperature above 39.5-40 ⁰С is considered elevated, and the pet should be shown to the veterinarian.

 

25. Dogs can dream, just like humans...

During sleep, the brain of a human and a dog works in the same way. We both have the same type of non-REM sleep and rapid eye movement (REM). During the REM stage, dogs can dream in the same way as humans. If you see your pet sleeping and his paws moving or twitching, it means that he is most likely dreaming.

 

26. They see in the dark much better than we do.

They have more light-sensitive cells or rods located closer to the center of the retina. In addition, their large pupils let in more light.

 

27. A dog's nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint.

It is believed that no two dogs have the same nose print. That is why the Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting nose prints as identification for pets since 1938.

 

28. Why do dogs like to wallow in dirty and smelly places?

The thing is that what seems smelly and foul-smelling to us is perceived differently by dogs. Their perception of smell is arranged differently.

 

29. Saluki is one of the most ancient dog breeds.

Lives with people since 329 BC. e.

 

Some historians claim that there is evidence that this dog breed was popular in ancient Egypt. This is around the time Alexander the Great invaded India.

 

30. Dogs hear about four times as far as humans.

Dogs hear sounds at a distance of up to 40-50 m, on average, a person picks up sounds from a distance of 6-10 m. At night, in complete silence, our pets can hear a sound from a distance of up to 150 m.

 

31. Some dogs, such as the Newfoundland breed, have webbing between their toes.

For example, Newfoundlands have webbed feet, which were originally used as fishermen's assistants - they pulled nets from the sea.

 

There are webbed fingers and the Portuguese Water Dog. These legs help them swim better.

 

32. They can detect emotions by listening to your voice.

There is a special section in the human brain that helps distinguish voices from other sounds, which helps distinguish between intonation and other speech sounds in speech. This allows you to capture different emotions in your voice. The study showed that dogs also have such a brain area in their heads, located approximately in the same place.

 

33. There is a legend that the Pekingese was bred in ancient China to protect the emperor and royalty.

The dog was hidden in the sleeve of the emperor in case of protection, if the enemy made his way into the chambers of the royal person. Such dogs were called "sleeve". The emperor and courtiers carried these little dogs with them literally everywhere. By the way, despite the cute appearance of these dogs, they, in fact, can be quite aggressive and able to fight back.

 

34. Despite those puppy-like innocent eyes, dogs don't feel remorse, as many people think.

According to experts, it is quite clear that dogs do not show guilt. They have only learned to mimic a guilty cute look to calm their owners when they are angry.

 

So don't believe those puppy mime eyes after your pet has been mischievous yet again.

 

35. There is a place on Earth that is literally a "dog's paradise"

In Costa Rica there is a shelter "Country of Stray Dogs" ("Territorio de Zaguates"). Thousands of dogs of various breeds live here, cared for by volunteers and veterinarians. Pets feel at home (if not better) running freely throughout the territory. Each dog in the shelter can be given to good hands.

 

36. Dalmatians are born without spots.

 

37. The name “pug” most likely comes from the Latin word “pugnus”, which means “fist”, “handful”, because the shadow from a clenched fist resembles the profile of a pug

 

38. Once a dog ran and walked 4,500 km across plains, deserts, mountains and rivers. And in winter, and all in order to return to his family

 

39. Most French Bulldogs have a too narrow pelvis for delivery, and therefore their puppies are almost always born by caesarean section.

The puppies' heads are too large, and their mother's narrow pelvis prevents the litter from passing through the dog's natural birth canal.

 

40. A study showed that dogs like the smell of their owner and other family members more.

Scientists have found that dogs not only distinguish the smell of the owner from others, but this also has a positive effect on the pet. This speaks to the power of dogs' sense of smell and provides important clues about the importance of humans in a dog's life.

 

41. Pug Doug is the most famous dog on the Internet

This pet in one of the social networks (******ram) has more than 3.5 million subscribers, who every day leave thousands of likes under the posts of his owner.

 

42. Three dogs of the Border Collie breed were trained to run through the forest with backpacks and scatter seeds.

So the Chileans wanted to restore plants after large forest fires.

 

43. Dogs have learned to recognize and respond to human laughter

They are also able to detect crying.

 

44. Dogs sometimes sneeze to show other dogs that they are not threatening but are ready to interact.

 

45. Roselle, a guide dog, saved her blind owner during the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York by bringing him

 

45. Roselle, a guide dog, saved her blind owner during the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York by leading him out of the North Tower of the World Trade Center and leading the disabled man through 78 flights of stairs.

 

Immediately after the explosion, the owner of the dog removed the harness in the hope that his pet would be saved. At first Roselle ran away, but it turns out to find a way out. The dog then returned and led his friend out of the building.

 

46. ​​There used to be a spit breed of dog whose task was to help cooks swivel meat.

They were also called kitchen or cook dogs. Their task was to run in a special wheel that rotated a skewer with meat strung on it. The dog helped the cook cook the meat evenly.

 

47. Archaeologists have found 26,000-year-old dog paw prints next to the prints of an ancient child, which proves that the dog has been a true friend of man for many years.

The conventional wisdom is that agrarian man tamed scavenging dogs about 15,000 years ago. However, recent archaeological discoveries and DNA analyzes show that our friendship with our smaller brothers was formed 30,000 years ago (and possibly 40,000).

 

48. Corgi in a non-adapted translation from Welsh means "dwarf dog"

The word "corgi" is derived from the Welsh cor gi ([kɔrɡi]) cor, "dwarf" and ci ([kiː]), "dog".

 

49. If you leave your dog alone at home, put an item of clothing that smells like you next to your pet - this will calm your friend and help reduce his separation anxiety

Dogs, like us, are very social animals.

 

They live in family groups with us for a long time and have evolved along with humans over the millennia to be our true friends. Most dogs prefer to spend most of their time with their owner and family members. Loneliness is simply not a natural state for them. But, alas, we have to leave our pets alone at home. So your dog is always stressed when he is alone. To reduce it, experts advise leaving your clothes and things that smell like you near your pet.

 

50. The Norwegian Lundehund is the only dog ​​with six toes on each paw.

Of the six fingers, five rest on the ground. Other dogs have five toes on each paw and only four touch the ground.

 

51. Dogs don't ONLY see in black and white - they can also see in blue and yellow.

The idea that dogs can't see in color has been around for decades, but new research and findings about the anatomy and behavior of dogs have shown that even though our faithful friends can't see the same colors, and we, they can still distinguish some color spectrums.

 

Research shows that dogs' eyes are capable of perceiving shades of color. So, most likely, our pets do not see the world in gray.

 

52. Bloodhounds are able to pick up scents that were left over 300 hours ago.

They are one of the champions in flair - they are able to follow the trail for a long time, as they have an excellent memory for smells.

 

53. USA is the country with the highest population of pet dogs

In this country, there are about 75 million barking pets.

 

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Many dog owners have probably observed more than once the desire of their pet to bury something away from prying eyes, not only food, but also other things. But what is causing this behavior? This could be understood if the dog were malnourished and in this case would hide something in reserve. But if the animal gets proper nutrition and has plenty of toys, then what's the deal?

 

Experts explained what caused the desire of dogs to hide things and whether something needs to be done about it.

 

Bemorepanda found the answer to this question. Specialists in veterinary medicine explained why this is connected and how you can correct the pet's behavior if it causes inconvenience to you and can harm your pet.

 

 

Previously pack animals, dogs have a natural tendency to bury important things like bones and food. Burying also provides stimulation, so dogs can hide toys and food when they are bored or stressed. To keep your belongings safe, you can give them a dedicated digging area and train them to only bury toys.

 

Do you feel like your dog's favorite bones and toys are slowly disappearing?

 

You may have searched long and hard - under furniture, inside cabinets, and on your dog's bed. In the end, you can come to terms with spending more money on new toys while still wondering where the rest went.

 

Your dog may be hiding his treasures in the mud outside, so don't be surprised if these toys turn up covered in dried mud later. If they don't have access to a backyard, their toys may end up in baskets, bedding, or under cushions.

 

This burrowing behavior is common among dogs. In the same way that you can hide your favorite snacks from family members or housemates so they don't nibble on your treats, your dog wants to protect his favorite things and save them for later.

 

This is what drives your dog's burrowing instinct.

 

Why do dogs like to hide things?

 

Your pet has inherited this very natural behavior from their canine ancestors - and wolves still do it today.

 

As pack animals, dogs sometimes ran out of food, so when they had a surplus, they stashed the food for later, says Dr. Abel Gonzalez, a veterinarian at Fuzzy Pet Health.

 

This instinctive behavior may also involve hiding things other than food or bones, such as favorite toys.

 

According to Gonzalez, dogs can hide whatever they see fit. This is because burying important items keeps them safe and prevents them from being lost or stolen by other pets in the home.

 

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A dog born into a large litter of puppies may also be more likely to hoard their own stuff, having had to compete for mother's milk, puppy food and toys from birth, Gonzalez says.

What breeds do this most often?

Most modern pet dogs don't have to worry about where their next meal will come from, but they may still have a natural urge to hide something away.

 

According to Dr. Preston Turano, veterinarian and spokesman for AKC Pet Insurance, dogs that were originally bred to hunt underground prey tend to be more confident diggers and may dig in toys and food more often than other breeds.

 

This is why some breeds are more likely to bury things than others, such as:

  • basset hounds
  • dachshunds
  • terriers

 

A 2022 study of over 18,000 dog owners shows that no behavior is exclusive to one breed of dog. However, it also turned out that greyhounds are unlikely to be "diggers".

 

Non-sporting and herding breeds like Collies, Bulldogs and Chow Chows are also less likely to bury things underground, Turano says.

 

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), other reasons dogs may bury or hide things are:

  • competition from other dogs or animals in the home;
  • boredom;
  • stress or anxiety;
  • overfeeding – If you give them too much at one meal, they may try to save the leftovers for later.

 

Should you be worried about your dog's hiding place?

 

In most cases, burying things is harmless. “It can be a very mentally stimulating and enriching activity,” Gonzalez says.

 

Because burying things is a natural instinct—much like chewing or herding cattle—your dog's body is designed for it. According to Gonzalez, this behavior helps them release physical, mental and emotional energy.

 

However, he says that trying to dig somewhere with hard ground, such as a rock garden, can cause injury to your dog's paws and claws.

 

Dogs that love to hide and bury things can also damage indoor objects like pet beds and sofa cushions, Turano said. And of course, if your dog behaves in a destructive way that pisses you off, both you and your furry friend may end up stressed.

 

A LITTLE ADVICE

 

Buying more durable pillows or keeping a close eye on your dog while playing outdoors can help. Just be aware that this won't fix the problem at the source if your dog is hiding things due to stress or anxiety.

If your dog obsessively burrows objects to the point of hurting himself when hiding or retrieving his toys, contacting a veterinarian or a certified pet behaviorist is a good next step. They can provide more guidance on anxious and destructive behaviors.

 

Keep in mind, too, that many veterinarians generally recommend not giving your dog bones. Bones can break into sharp pieces and damage teeth, leading to costly dental procedures, or if swallowed, get stuck in the gastrointestinal tract, requiring emergency surgery, Turano says.

 

If your dog likes to chew on bones, the American Kennel Club recommends that you let him do it under supervision, but not for long - up to 15 minutes, and get rid of the bones after three to four days. Instead, you can also opt for synthetic dice.

 

What to do with it

 

You may not have objected when your dog burrowed in his bones and toys, but now he's switched over to your stuff, like your remote control, your shoes, or your household knick-knacks.

 

You can try the following strategies to deal with this behavior:

 

Remove anything you don't want them to bury: If your dog is very fond of hiding his valuables, you may find it difficult to break the habit. Instead, keep things you don't want her to hide out of reach.

 

Set up a sandbox or yard area for burying things: Set aside a place where your dog can bury and hide toys. “Participating in instinctive activities can positively impact a pet’s mental health,” Gonzalez notes. As long as it's safe and controlled.

 

Block them in dig-free areas: Use temporary fences or other barriers to keep your dog from digging in places you don't want them to damage, such as a garden.

 

Train your dog to only bury certain items: "Dogs are smart and trainable," Gonzalez says. Most dogs can pick up new habits quickly, like burying their toys instead of your car keys. Training helps improve the bond between you and your dog and enriches his daily life.

 

Consult an animal behaviorist who can help you identify possible causes of destructive or persistent digging and suggest possible solutions.

Give the dog something else to do: A bored dog may bury things because he has nothing else to do. If you notice other signs that your dog may need more activity and stimulation, such as restlessness and excessive barking, try adding more exercise to his daily routine or introducing him to interactive puzzle toys.

 

Conclusion

 

Your dog's desire to bury his favorite things is completely natural. This inherited behavior may even be a mentally rewarding activity for your dog.

 

Of course, if you're losing things around the house, you may want to consider strategies to control this behavior, such as training or blocking access to digging areas.

 

Excessive digging and burrowing can sometimes lead to injury or property damage, not to mention worries about your dog's health and wellbeing. If this behavior is causing problems or your dog appears tense, consider seeking help from a veterinarian or canine behavior specialist.

 

 

 

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