He has the motion down. He knows he should use his nose to push stuff over the item that needs to be buried. The problem is that he does not seem to recognize that things like hard wood floor or carpet may not be ideal to "push over" the item. The result is pretty funny (and somewhat sad) to watch.
I took this video of Achilles trying to bury a treat on the day we moved to Hoboken. In his defense, the apartment was empty, so he didn't have much to work with. The sad part, however, is that even with all the blankets and clothing piles and what not in the world available to him, this is still what would happen. (At least in this case, he did try to use his stuffed frog a little bit. Progress!)
VIDEO: Oh, brother.
So, is this normal? Or is my dog just burying-things-challenged? He's obviously not dumb, as we have seen from his Crate Escapes (Evidence 1 and Evidence 2). One time I even gave him a dog IQ test and he scored in the "genius" range (really!). Ah well, I guess everyone has a weak spot.
Stick with it, Achilles! You'll get it eventually! And in the meantime, you can just rely on your adorable good looks to get you new treats when your bad burying skills fail to protect the old ones:
Have a nice weekend, everyone!