Your dog may try to cover or bury your or someone else’s baby because it is a behavior that was established in them by their ancestors. But, strangely, dogs won’t try to bury their own puppies but will display the behavior when it comes to food or babies.
This behavior originates from when the ancestry dogs used to live among the predators. They would sometimes get more food than they could eat and instead hide it to prevent the predators from stealing.
However, this doesn’t mean that your dog buries your baby to snack on them later. Modern dogs will try to bury or hide a baby for various reasons, including;
Dogs find babies very valuable and something that deserves to be well protected. So, if they notice the baby might be in danger or any other time they feel unsafe, they will bury your baby to keep them from being attacked. This is especially true and common if the dog has a history of hiding treats, favorite toys, slippers, or even your TV remote.
Parental instincts are another common reason why your dog buries your baby. Most parents tend to feel like they are the only ones capable of keeping the dog safe. However, dogs have the same feeling.
It is likely that they will see your babies as theirs, especially if they have had their own puppies before. This way, they will try to become the father or mother by protecting them from harm, ensuring they are happy and well taken care of. One of the ways to do this is by burying them.
While jealousy is the most unlikely reason your dog buries your baby, it is a possible reason. It can happen where the dynamics have changed; for example, a newborn baby has been added to the family. As a result, the attention shifts from your dog to the baby.
Sometimes your dog may become jealous because newborn babies need a lot of attention. They will bury or hide the baby to try and shift the attention back to them.
Dogs have been widely known to bury their food. In the wild, food wasn’t available as it is right now, and as a result, dogs had to hide their food deep in the ground to save some for later. Burying food on the ground did not only keep the food safe from predators, but it also helped the food remain fresh as well as added some nice flavor to it.
Over time, this behavior of burying meals developed and was established in their DNA. As a result, dogs will try to bury anything they find precious, including toys, treats, and your baby. The dog will bury babies to keep them away from predators, the same way it happens with food, especially bones.
While this behavior of covering your baby with blankets may seem harmless, it is important to always stay cautious.