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    Hoarding?

    I'm not talking about people hoarding dogs but rather dogs hoarding things? Anyone experienced this?

    The reason I asked is I was sitting on the couch and have been watching Mia shoving things under the big entertainment center. Tennis balls, a bear stuffie, an octopus stuffy, a ribbon from one of the wedding presents, THEN she brought over a memory chip from the PS2. We stopped it there.

    Anyways as I moved from my apartment we found little treasure troves all around the apartment under things with just... stuff. Toys, tissue paper, chewies, etc. She seems to not like to share toys with the other dogs so she'll just take the toy and hide it if someone else shows any interest. Could explain why half the dog toys have suddenly vanished... She's just weird sometimes. She's always loved shoving HERSELF under furniture too and still does. She'll wiggle under things I swear she can't fit under all the time.


    In fact the other day I lost my keys and my dad's first suggestion was that Mia had taken them and hid them somewhere.

    Anyone have any idea what this is about? Ideas on discouraging shoving things under the furniture?
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    Re: Hoarding?

    My dog will pull up the floor vents and throw things down them. We've found bones, dog toys, peanut butter jars, spoons, TV remotes, christmas decorations. Anytimewe go to clean by his vent we find stuff behind the couch. Any time we we get a bone for him, the first thing he does is throws it down the vent. It's like the high tech way for a dog to dig!

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    Check her pedigree chart...sounds like she has some ferret mixed in somewhere in her lineage! LOL

    Seriously though, when you have a "hoarder", the best thing to do when you "discover" a treasure pile, is to try to leave it alone mostly. Take out the things only that you absolutely MUST have back, but, keep it to a minimal, & just make mental note of where the stash is, &, whats located there. If you completely remove the items, well, the ferret...errr...Mia...will just decide that the hiding place just wasn't good enough, &, then remake a new place. Then, Good luck finding THAT ONE!! LOL

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    Re: Hoarding?

    It's likely an instinctive throwback to "stowing" food in places the other members of the pack or other animals around couldn't get to. Many animals do this, some to the point of tricking others into thinking they've put it somewhere else...birds have been known to do this too.
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    My SO's mom's maltese mix does this all the time. Her favorite thing is white bread. Apparently they find pieces of it in the cracks of the furniture all the time, and they never have any idea where she got it from or how, lol. Sydney will sometimes drop pieces of kibble on the ground in a pile and then drag over dirty laundry to cover it up. Not sure if she's trying to save it for later or what, lol, but I just tell her no and put the clothing back in the hamper. I don't really know what you could do about it unless you catch her in the act.

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    Lola used to hoard treats in her cage. When we crated them during the day (they now get gated in the kitchen instead), I would give them each a few treats when they got into their cages. Their cages had 5-6 fleece blankets in them and Lola would bury all of her treats in the blankets. I figured this out after a few weeks when I went to wash her blankets and found literally dozens of treats in there.

    I also have a hoarder who hides toys and bones under our couch - not the love seat, just the couch - but I don't know which dog it is because I never see them do it. I'm guessing it's Lola after the treats incident. I clean them out when I move the couch to vacuum, and then just let them accumulate once again.

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    Re: Hoarding?

    Hmmm ok I tried to reply.

    It's instinct. It is very funny what she is doing though, taking any little object.

    Nediva has always wanted to keep what is "her's" away from others. Even when she was a pup.

    I've noticed Pits will generally over eat if allowed but Ovcharka will eat if they are hungry. Like Ashana might be given 2 or 3 chicken quarters and eat them or she may bury one to dig up and eat a couple days later.

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    Dunno if it's classified as hoarding, but whenever my puppy finds something on the floor (shoes, socks, paper, plastic etc) he will pick them up and take them to my office. My office is kind of the 'nest', I spend most of my days there, so the dogs are in here too, hanging out with me. It looks like a disaster area in here sometimes with everything he drags in.

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    Jazz spends his life brewing up ways to get various objects crammed into his mouth, so I guess he hoards in his jaws. Yesterday he had 3 rawhide sticks and a sock in his mouth, and was SO proud of it all.
    Dude thinks material possessions are the downfall of our society, and (according to Tag) if it can't be eaten, why bother?

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    Re: Hoarding?

    When we lived at the old house Pippin use to steal things & hoard them way out in the backyard...We'd find kitchen utensils, tools, clothing, toys, & garbage...Once even a toilet plunger!
    When we'd go out into that area of the yard he'd get a little frantic & try to distract you to another part of the yard...I swore we needed to check that dog for pockets before he went out! lol!

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    I would have giggled and moved on at the this thread if it weren't for the fact I cleaned out lela's blanket today. In a week she had a magazine two pairs of sunglasses an old shoe that I swear for dog I don't know whose it is several treats she didn't eat most of them were the commerical dry milk bones she dosent really like them , a gutted tennis ball, and to take the cake a pair of my underwear X_X all this under one large comforter that I fold up for her bed. Needless to say we will be doing a better job at clearing under the blanket It does make me wonder what she has stashed else where in the house though...ponder
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    Re: Hoarding?

    This is one thing that I am thankful to say does not happen at my house. Perhaps it's because Kit is an only dog and she doesn't feel the need to hide things from anyone. Maybe it's what Lazy said - if it can't be eaten, why bother? But here's what I think:
    Ever since I got Kit, she has had a great sense of what is hers and what is not. She will chew any toy that I explicitly give her with much gusto. But she was never the kind of dog to take things that weren't hers. Never any interest in shoes or other human objects, even as a puppy. Once, while I was in the shower, she stole a giant rawhide out of a bag that I had carelessly left open. When I came out of the bathroom, she had it between her paws and clearly wanted to dig in, but there wasn't a single nick in it. She was waiting for my permission, which was immediately given. I have no idea who taught her this, or more importantly HOW!, but it has been convenient. I'd be shocked to find even one cache when I move out of this house.

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    Re: Hoarding?

    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyJazmine View Post
    When we lived at the old house Pippin use to steal things & hoard them way out in the backyard...We'd find kitchen utensils, tools, clothing, toys, & garbage...Once even a toilet plunger!
    When we'd go out into that area of the yard he'd get a little frantic & try to distract you to another part of the yard...I swore we needed to check that dog for pockets before he went out! lol!
    That sounds like....my cat. >.<
    She steals forks, spoons, bags of treats, empty cans, plastic, etc...and hides stuff everywhere. If I move furniture in the cattery, there are ALWAYS neat little piles of "stuff" she's stolen/found. Her favorite is plastic lids. She waltzed up to one of our employees (who had a bottle of pop with the lid on, unscrewed) and STOLE THE LID OFF HER POP BOTTLE.
    She's the funniest little PITA I've ever had..

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    Re: Hoarding?

    Well not my stuff, but Maisy sort of hoards toys. We have a big rubbermaid tub that's the "doggie toy box", but eventually she ends up bringing them one by one to the dog bed by the couch. It's funny to see a huge mound of toys there and her going to get another one out of the box. At least it's easier to clean up when they're all in one place.

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    Re: Hoarding?

    Is she spayed? If she is going through her phantom pregnancy stage, maybe she is hiding/protecting her toys like they were her own puppies.

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    Re: Hoarding?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Belle View Post
    Is she spayed? If she is going through her phantom pregnancy stage, maybe she is hiding/protecting her toys like they were her own puppies.
    Oh yea, she's spayed and she's almost 3 years old. She doesn't protect them, she just seems to like to collect them all in one spot.

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    LOL My dog does this all the time :reckon: He takes socks shirts and any thing he thinks I need. But I know where his stash place is.. He outs every thing in his bed and lays on them. LOL
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