How do I stop my dog from caching food when we go backpacking?
She was a stray as a puppy, and has always taken her first few mouthfuls of kibble to eat in various spots around the house.
The problem is that when I take her backpacking for a few days, she’ll actually bury the mouthfuls at two or three spots around the camp. This is bad for two reasons: it means we’re carrying more weight in kibble than she really needs, and more importantly, this can attract bears!
I know that scolding will make her more anxious, and have not done this. Does anyone have suggestions? My one thought is that I can mark the spots and dig them up later myself, after she eats dinner and I put away the kibble for the night, but it would be much better to stop the behavior all together.
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