A dog’s bone is most likely one of his prized possessions -- it’s up there with the squeaky toy. So you should truly feel special if he brings the bone over and lays it beside you. This simple sign of affection and adoration lets you know that your dog absolutely thinks the world of you: He wants to share his prize.
I’m Over Here
Your four-legged chum could be dropping his bone off right beside you just to get you to focus on him. You’ve been away all day, after all, and he wants a few minutes of your undivided attention. Take a few minutes away from the television or your cell phone and give him a good rub. Let him know that no matter who else comes along, he’s still your best friend.
Of course, it is possible that leaving the bone next to you is a play request. If Buster is one who loves to play with his bone -- tossing it across the floor or hiding it around the house for later -- he’s inviting you to join in and play when he drops it beside you. Pick up the bone, toss it across the room or yard and give your mischievous pooch something to chase. Your play session gives him some quality one-on-one time with you, plus it wears him down in the process.
You’re the Boss
In a wild wolf pack, it’s tradition for the strong pack leader to eat first. Everyone else gets to nibble on whatever’s leftover. When your beloved chum gives you his bone, he may be recognizing you as pack leader. He wants to make sure you get to dine before him. Pick it up, make like you're taking a bite, pet him and give it right back to him. Let Buster know that you’re grateful for his kind gesture, but he can go ahead and enjoy his treat.
I Trust You
Some dogs are possessive of their toys, bones and food. They’ll growl or snap at you simply for reaching down to pick up their special possession. But when your pup offers to share something with you, like his bone, he’s signaling that he feels fully comfortable with you. He trusts you enough to let you have a nibble at his bone, knowing that you’ll share it with him or give it right back.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.