I was wondering what everyone gives their puppies to chew on besides Nylabones. Lindy loves the Booda Velvet Bimples and it's nice because she takes about a week to finish off one of them. The lady at the pet store said something about bully sticks and pig ears but (yes, call me a big baby) the thought of that makes me sick. What do you give your dogs that takes a while to chew?
Alot of people give raw marrow bones. Just make sure that you scrape out most of the marrow the first time you give the bone. (Save the marrow and repack it into the bone for the next time). I would only give the bone for a limited amount of time the first few times -- just to make sure that no tummy upset occurs.
You can freeze the bones and reuse them. They are available in many grocery stores.
Nylabones are big hit around here ... Sami would love to have pig ears, bully sticks, etc, but I just don't give them anymore. (We had an obstruction scare w/ rawhide).
While they don't last long, I found that substituting a "Chew stick" for chewing on my ankle, or computer wires, etc., was a life saver.
I always kept a few in my pocket to use when needed.
We used "Hartz Mountain" brand chew sticks.* These are composed of small particles of hide held together in a flavored medium, about the size of a cigarillo.
There are many imitators from 3rd world companies which use different standards than USDA animal health standards for processing.
Many people have reported stomach upsets from such products.
We never had a stomach upset from our use.
MY VERY STRONGLY SUGGESTED RULES:
Never buy a product like this that does not have ALL of these --
-- a 100% consumer satisfaction guarantee or money back
-- an 800 telephone number to call for customer service
-- a company name, address, and phone # printed on the product.
MOST similar products sold in pet stores come from 3rd world companies which do NOT meet ANY of those criteria -- buy ONLY those that do.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
We have used all the mentioned chew objects. We have also used bully sticks. Sambuca loves them! They are digestible and not as fatty as pig ears. We do watch him and throw out any small pieces. So far no problems. A frozen kong with yogurt and banannas is favorite around here! Also, torn up bread in a kong can entertain for sometime! Good luck!
Debbie and Sambuca
<br />Debbie and Sambuca
We use frozen kongs, nylabones, and Adama's new favorite- a nobbly-wobbly. Our neighbor recommended it (she has a 3 yr bkack lab) and said that he's a big chewer, but had yet to destroy it. It feels like the plastic kongs are made from.
Laura & John<br />Adama - 6 months old<br />
Pig ears....Allie loved em
Now we give her harder bones because Pig ears are gone in 30 seconds...
Thanks,<br /><br />Brian<br /><br /><br />CGC, TDI Certified