When a dog covers its food it is doing more than just hiding it from view.
In fact there are several reasons why dogs might try to cover their food some of which have to do with the psychology of the dog itself.
One reason has to do with the instinctual behavior of dogs in the wild.
Dogs in the wild often cover their food as a way to protect it from other animals.
They may also cover their food as a way to hide their scent so that predators will not be able to find them.
Another reason has to do with the way that dogs are taught by their owners.
Many owners will teach their dogs to “bury” their food as a way of teaching them to eat slowly and savor their meals.
This can be helpful for dogs who tend to overeat or who eat too quickly.
Why Do Dogs Bury Their Food Under Blankets?
There are many theories as to why dogs bury their food but the most likely reason is that they are instinctively trying to hide their food from potential competitors.
Dogs have an innate sense of territory and ownership so burying their food may be a way of marking their territory and claiming the food as their own.
Another theory is that burying their food helps keep it fresh longer.
The cool ground temperature slows down the decomposition process which can help keep the food from spoiling.
Dogs may also bury their food as a way of storing it for later use.
By burying the food they create a makeshift pantry where they can access it when they need it.
Why Do Dogs Try To Bury Their Food?
When a dog tries to bury its food it’s not just doing it for fun.
There are actually several reasons why your dog might be trying to hide his or her dinner.
One reason could be that dogs are instinctively trying to bury their food in order to protect it from being stolen.
They may also bury their food as a way of hiding their scent from predators or other animals that may be hunting them.
Finally some dogs try to bury their food as a way of marking their territory.
By burying their meals they’re telling other dogs (and other animals) that this area belongs to them.