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Has anyone see this behavior with their Havanese? (video)

Rory has an idiosyncratic little ritual before she eats a raw bone, or buries a toy bone in a blanket. It's kind of a repetitive bowing action. It makes more sense when she's burying a toy bone in a blanket (or in the sofa or her bed) because she uses her nose to push the object into the blanket and then push the blanket over the bone.

Seems harmless enough, but am curious to see if other Havs behave similarly.



(This is a pen in my home office. She gets raw bones there otherwise she'll happily drag them throughout the house.)
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I've never seen that before but it's fascinating to watch. Rory's a little cutie!!

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It's just normal dog instinct "burying". It's funny that once in a while he sniffs it to see if he has buried it good enough.
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Someone else posted a video of their dog doing some ritualistic behavior similar to this not too long ago. I remember that both Dave and Lalla were involved in the conversation. Hopefully one of them will be able to point you to the conversation!


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Mine does the same thing with chew toys on the sofa or a blanket (but not all the time, just once in a blue moon).

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Riley does what I call his dance when I give him a raw bone. I always give it outside. At first he seems to act like he's not interested. He walks away, comes back, walks away in another direction, comes back, then walks around in circles, walks away again, etc. It takes him a few minutes to get down to business.

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Not that behavior exactly but very similar though. Have you ever watched Everybody Loves Raymond? She reminds me of Raymond's brother who had to touch any drinking vessel or eating utensil to his chin before he took the bite.

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My friends girl Rosie does it. When she came to stay with me the first time I had no idea what I was watching. The Samoyeds were quite confused as well, I don't think they could figure out why she wasn't just gobbling all that food down
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Scout exhibits the same behavior when I put his food on a plate. He will push the plate around the floor until it is under a cabinet. If the plate is on a paper towel he will try to cover the plate. Then he will leave the kitchen and come back later to eat
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Charlie doesn't do this but when he's deciding where on the living-room rug he wants to lay down he does a very strange march around the rug with his head bowing up and down. The march is completely different from any other walk - a definite route-march stomp I haven't managed to video it because as soon as I move he stops.
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