Your pooch might be holding an important secret from you.
I’m referring to keeping a hidden store of their favourite items, like food, bones, toys, or even YOUR stuff.
If your pooch does this, you might assume it’s just another strange habit.
But, on the other hand, collecting is an innate desire for your dog.
Your pooch’s ancestors did it in the wild for centuries.
They didn’t have an incredible pet parent like you who provided nutritious food and affection daily. As a result, they must fend for themselves in order to collect food and conserve resources for later.
Your pup’s instincts may instruct them to gather stuff due to generations of “stashing.”
But here’s the problem:
Unlike their forefathers, your pooch does not need to hide anything.
And when they conceal their unique collection (whether it’s food, bones, toys, or even YOUR stuff…) somewhere, you can’t find it…
It may rapidly get dusty or mouldy and become a health issue – especially if your dog loves to hide their hoard and then pick it out later.
As a result, I advocate teaching your dog how to unlearn this habit.
After all, you’re never going to stop providing them with food, snacks, and toys, so there’s no reason to conceal them!
However, changing their stashing behaviour might be difficult because this is your dog’s innate nature.
But I have a few simple at-home tricks that will let your pooch enjoy all of the food, treats, and toys you provide them instead of hiding them.
If your dog hoards food.
Feed them in smaller quantities.
Your pooch, after all, is likely to conceal its food for the same reason their predecessors in the wild did: to eat it later.
You only need to locate the right amount of food for your pet to avoid this hoarding problem.
Please keep track of their feedings and how much they consume, and when they begin to save it.
If you discover that the suggested serving size of your dog’s food is more than they can consume in one sitting, divide it up.
But I do have a few simple at-home tricks that will let your pet enjoy all of the food, treats, and toys you offer them instead of stashing them away.
If your pooch is a food hoarder:
Feed them smaller servings.
Your pooch, after all, is likely to conceal its food for the same reason their predecessors in the wild did – to eat it later.
To avoid this hoarding problem, you only need to locate the right amount of food for your pooch.
Monitor their feedings and note how much they eat and when they begin to save it.
If you discover that the suggested serving size of your dog’s food is more than they can consume in one sitting, divide it up through the day.
If your pooch collects toys:
During playing, just leave 1-2 toys out.
Encourage your pooch to play with the toys you’ve left out rather than hiding them.
And the best thing about this suggestion is.
You may rotate these toys every few days, so your dog always has something new to play with!
If your dog collects bones or chews:
Take it away before they can conceal it.
Hoarding bones and chews may be a severe problem.
This collection may quickly get mouldy, especially if your dog has an underground cache and subsequently digs it up.
So, the next time your dog begins to nibble on a chew, keep an eye on them. When they’re finished, put it away and out of reach so they can’t save it for later.
If your pooch hoards YOUR belongings…
Place them out of reach of children.
Sometimes your dog will conceal your belongings because they are worried, stressed, or miss you.
Alternatively, they may confuse your socks, shoes, and filthy clothing for toys.
So, when the next time you see your dog approaching them, let them know., use their “no” command and show them one of their toys instead, OR give them an old t-shirt to cling on to.
You may give your dog one of your old clothes to keep in this situation. Because it smells like their favourite person, it makes them feel comfortable and calm:)
All it takes is a few rules, some tweaks, and some encouragement to assist your dog with their stashing!
Remember that their hoarding is natural. Therefore it’s perfectly OK if it takes them some time to realise.
P.S. Because learning new things (such as new rules and boundaries…) requires effort.
I feel your pooch is deserving of plenty of yummy treats!
Especially those that promote their general health and long and happy existence. So, to “reward” your pooch.
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