Your Dog Pushes Food Bowl with Its Nose

Did you ever wonder what your dog is trying to do when she or he pushes her or his food bowl across the kitchen floor, and into a corner somewhere? Well, this behavior, like so many others, is a vestige of a life in the wild. Wolves rarely waste food. The gray wolf lives on a feast or famine diet, so they know that bad times can always be coming. As a result, they will come back for days to eat more of a kill, and then cache any leftovers in the ground. What they do is dig a hole with their paws, and then push the leftovers into the hole with their noses. Their paws never touch the food. So when your dog pushes even an empty food bowl around the kitchen, what she or he is expressing is a need to save some food for later. Just about everything you ever see your dog doing has a purpose in terms of the life they used to live in the wilderness. It just takes a little bit of understanding to know what the behaviors are all about!

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