Never underestimate the intelligence of man’s best friend. A thieving Husky dog stole dog treats from a local store Wednesday in South Carolina. After stealing, Cato walked out and buried the treats in holes he had dug up at a nearby car wash. He certainly knows his treats.
The theft occurred at a Dollar General store in Clinton, South Carolina, when Cato slipped off his leash and ran off. Cato was caught as the culprit after the owner found some dog items missing and checked the security cameras.
Anastasia Polson, store manager of the Dollar General, reportedly said there were two thefts. Cato walked in with a customer and then walked out. Then he returned a bit later, staying three minutes, and then walked out again with a customer. Polson noticed there were missing dog treats but knew she would be able to catch the culprit when she viewed the security camera.
“”We didn’t know it happened because he just snuck in with the customers,” Polson said. Thieving or not, Cato the Husky knows his treats.
Cato’s owner, Holly Darden, was reportedly walking Cato when he escaped from his leash. Darden apparently said it’s difficult to catch the dog when he escapes so she just waits until someone else catches him. She reportedly said she was not aware if this is Cato’s first theft but he has gotten into other businesses.
“”He’s gotten into Ingles. He’s gotten into BI-LO. He goes to Pizza Hut. And he goes up to Yo Cup which is downtown too,” Darden said. She reportedly claimed Cato is not stealing because of hunger.
“Look at him, he’s fat,” Darden said. “Yes, I feed him. There’s food in there. There’s treats in there.”
Just for fun, the Clinton police wrote out a theft report for the dog. Cato had to spend a few hours at the pound before he was released to Darden. They wanted to be sure the thieving Husky dog that knows his treats won’t get away with stealing again.
There was another shoplifting incident at a different Dollar General, by a different, equally wily dog. The dog searched around for treats and when he found them, he nabbed them and briskly walked out of the store.
Why do dogs steal food?
According to Cesar Millan, host of National Geographic’s “Dog Whisperer” and founder of The Millan Foundation, dogs steal food when they are not on a regular eating schedule or out of insecurity about their living situation.
Another reason dogs steal, Millan says, is because dogs are given treats and fed from the dinner table. This only breeds a bad habit, and being given food outside of their mealtimes is confusing and sends mixed signals to dogs. Millan recommends that owners stick with their dogs’ mealtimes and give them only appropriate dog food. When dogs are fed human food, they get used to it and will come to expect it from their owners.
Simply put, dogs steal food because they can. Their owners allow it. It is important to establish leadership roles in the home and for dogs to have basic obedience training. When dogs are clear on who the leader is in the home, they feel secure. Establishing firm boundaries and maintaining consistency will also help dogs feel more secure.
By Juana Poareo