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    My puppy loves to dig. Especially in one corner of the yard where there is only soft loose dirt and weeds. A few days ago, I decided to give her a pig's tail because I was leaving for three hours. When I gave her the pig's tail and she was chewing happily, I realised that I needed to use the restroom. Once I was out I decided to check up on the puppy. She greeted me like usual, with a wagging tail and an impatient whine. But then I realised that... the pig's tail had gone. It was nearly impossible for her to devour a whole pig's tail within a minute especially as she is a slow chewer. Either way, I had to leave for three hours.

    When I got back I wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery. So I gave her a smaller hard to chew thing, like a small pressed rawhide bone. I sat down on the garden bench and watched as she foraged around the garden, sometimes dropping the bone. I listed the possibilities of a disappearing tail. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw her turn a corner. In a minute, she came back around without the bone. Like anyone would, I myself came across the corner and looked around. Nothing except the earth and weeds (not a great gardener now am I?). Now I was pretty sure that she had dug a hole, but just to see where, I gave her another pressed bone. Same as last time, she disappeared around the corner. Same as last time she came back with nothing: Same as last time, I missed the short period where she dug the hole. Yet again I decided to give her a pressed bone. This time I followed her around the corner. Now I actually saw her dig the hole and bury the bone. But when I tried to uncover the bone I found nothing at all. Damn.

    Two days later, I see her running around with a pig's tail.

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    Might be an idea to give her a sand pit to dig in, if you don't want her digging up your yard. You can then go and hide the raw hides and different things in the sand for her to find while you're gone. Though since she already has a spot she likes to dig, if you don't want her digging the actual ground there, you could try putting the sandpit on top of that spot (in a clam shell type thing) and hopefully she won't associate digging in different spots with tasty surprises.

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    Pip does this - I's mainly a problem if it's a fresh bone I've given her, as when she brings it back after it's "cured" she brings in heaps of ants too.

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    Need to see a picture of your puppy she is the same mix as my Maggie

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    I had bernie (GSD) do this often. Bought it a $40 something worth of kong toy, threw it to him once!, never did see that toy again, till we got a second dog 3 yrs later, who unearthed:
    kong, 5 pairs of my glasses carefully stolen over the years, a few bras, my husbands fave hat, all stashed in a secret underground treasure trove only bernie knew about!

    He still buries things, but there's a greedy rottie x pup waiting and watching his every move. Who then digs it up puts it in her cache of goodies. Under the sofa. I then claim all the prizes when i hoover.

    None of this stuff is chewed, just stolen and stashed. Its all good in the end.

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    Harley has never been one to bury food. Bella has tried a couple of times with a quarter of a old roast chicken I gave her, it was hilarious watching her with this giant hunk of chicken in her mouth trying to dig a hole with her two front paws. She dug the first one, put the meat in and decided it wasn't big enough and then went off to find another which also wasn't big enough!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Dogs often bury excess, or things that are just not temping enough until they've got a bit of a stink to them which is why when I give bones to the dogs they do not get a meal in addition to the bone.

    I do however have a hoarder. Items, mainly dog toys are stashed by our 4.5yr old Whippet bitch in one of two places, her sun bed out in the yard or around the exposed roots of a gum tree. She then sits and guards them from the 6mth old Saluki, who naturally is very much into toys.

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