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My dog has this weird behavior of putting a toy on top of uneaten food in her bowl. She doesn't do it often and I've never seen her take the toy back out - usually I do when I notice what she's done.

Anyone seen this behavior? Is this the equivalent of burying a bone for later?
 

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Dogs will instincutally stockpile their treasures. The dog knows that the bowl is a very safe place that always gets filled with yummy foods, so why not put their second-best treasure in the same place?
 

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I have a dog who does that in an attempt to keep the other dogs from eating out of "his" bowl. It happens quite often. Sometimes it is a toy, another time a tissue, whatever will cover the food in hopes no one will notice the food. We find it very amusing.
 

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I raw feed so no bowls and no leftover. But Freyja does put some of her toys back into the toy basket. She will also put toys into a round cat bed she loves to play with. She does this almost every night.
 
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