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What kind of long lasting healthy chews do you give your dogs? Our trainer gave us some venison sticks, which look a lot like bully sticks, and he loves them. She said they are healthier, and less greasy, more easy on their stomachs. Any long lasting chews that you all recommend? For puppies and for adults? Thanks!


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Take a look at this thread from a while back:

https://www.dobermantalk.com/puppy-co...e-rawhide.html

Please note though--because puppies can’t apply enough pressure yet with their jaws and teeth, you can get away with giving a puppy some things to chew on that you would not want to give to an older dog--who can rip things apart, chew off pieces, and choke or get obstructed with the pieces. A fair number of pups can play (not chew) on cloth animals (not stuffed) and love shaking them around, etc--but for most older dogs, a toy like that would be a real no-no. Rope toys--the same applies.
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Mabel loves the new no hide rawhide chews. They're made of some pretty decent things and then rolled into a log like a rawhide.

We do smoked bones here, but many people recommend raw instead (for good reason). It's a know your dog, know your bone situation imo.

We also have a decent variety of the non edible nylabones or similar brand's, a favorite being a bacon flavored Y shape bone I got at Target Mabel is chewing on as I type
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There isn't a single hide chew, that McCoy can't destroy in almost no time at all. I don't mind that so much, but it means I have to monitor him while he is chewing on them. Otherwise he ends up swallowing the end which is way to large to be safely digested. I rarely do bull pizzles. Even with his totally cast iron stomach, they sometimes give him soft stools. Also, it is the only treat that he and Sheriff will resource guard, which in Dobermans can be very scary. (Not directed to human's.... Rather with each other).

No more smoked bone's anymore. We have a wonderful full service butcher who smokes all kinds of bones for dogs. We used to buy them all the time.

But, years ago, our boy Butcher almost lost his canine tooth due to trauma. We ended up dealing with a canine dentist. He had us laundry list what we fed/treated our boy. He told us in no uncertain terms: No cooked boned, no smoked bones, no antlers. It seems this breed has tremendous jaw strength and the potential for tooth wear and damage is extreme.


So... With respect to natural, animal based treat we do heavy rawhide chews (USDA certified only), smoked pigs ears (last about 10 minutes) and an occasional bully stick (bull pizzle).

When I want a fairly long lasting chew, I fill a red (softer) Kong with smelly dried organic treats ( they love salmon) that I buy in bulk from our local pet supply store. We like raw calf/beef knuckles, but I don't like the mess, so they are strictly outdoor chews.

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Going to order some bully sticks from 'Best Bully Sticks,' but what do you all think of the Himalayan yak chews? Are they safe and long lasting?


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We use choo hooves regularly. They are the cheapest chews that last longer than 15 minutes. The only other chews that we use as long lasting chew toys are antlers. They get bully sticks and pigs ears but those are more treats than chews because they go through it too fast.
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We use choo hooves regularly. They are the cheapest chews that last longer than 15 minutes. The only other chews that we use as long lasting chew toys are antlers. They get bully sticks and pigs ears but those are more treats than chews because they go through it too fast.


Jacks 11 weeks so I'm hoping they last longer haha. I'll look into the chew hooves. Are antlers safe for puppies or are they too hard?


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The himalayan chews just shattered and made a mess here.....

I don't recommend antlers for any dog, way to hard, and way to many broken tooth stories for my liking. (Of course as in a previous post, each dog handles each chew differently and what works for one won't work for others).

For a young puppy i'd probably focus on non food options: nylabones, orka chews (it's a puppy proof rubber material), etc... Don't want to overfeed or upset a little pups tummy

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I hate bully sticks--they stink.

Mostly I don't give any kind of "food" based chews. Hooves of any kind can be chewed in a way that leaves them with sharp edges--the breeder of one of my dogs warned me about them and told me a horror story about a dog who lacerated his mouth and then his throat because of a hoof. I'd quit giving them to my dog about the time we got a dog in for emergency surgery at the clinic where I work--for lacerations (mouth and throat) from a hoof chew.

Both pigs ears and all rawhides give my dogs diarrhea--puppies up to the time they finish teething get a compressed rawhide that they seem to be able to chew but not eat.

Beyond that--they get nylabones, Kongs (empty) and a variety of tough synthetics that have sqeakers in them (I always seem to have at least one dog who likes to squeak things). And if the weather is nice and they are very good dogs they get an occasional raw bone--they like patellas better than anything but because they are raw they get discarded after one initial chew fest--because they are untreated they can and will grow bacteria rapidly--not safe for puppies.

All of their toys get run through the dishwasher occasionally to clean them thoroughly

And I mostly make my own treats--I train with their kibble and Charlie Bears are almost the only commercial treat that I buy for training.
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Interesting read about chew things. Beau is my 4th doberman and I thought the 2nd one was an aggressive chewer. Ha! This 10 month old pup can go through a bully stick in 5 minutes. (No he does not lack for exercise). When I walk 2.5 miles he runs 6. We do that twice a day. I came here to find a chewing solution. I did buy something called anima twist it has a food stick in the middle of a hard plasic casing. He went crazy for it but I am worried about the plastic so I am watching closely. He damaged a canine on a raw bone, so no more of those. (I am looking for a canine vet in the KC area).
He has several kong type toys but they do not provide the chewing effect he seems to need. It takes him 15 minutes to clean out a red kong frozen. Then he ignores it and looks for something to destroy.
Any help is appreciated. Most challenging dog I ever had but I love him.
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I have had good luck with Bene Bones. You can look at them on their web site for the size needed according to weight however I purchase mine through Amazon.
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We don't give bully sticks or ears nowadays because like Dobebug stated above, they cause loose stools. Only edible chew we use occasionally are Merrick Smoked Caps, but these are somewhat messy on floors.

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Here is link to my thread on Dobe (Chew) toys:
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Elk antlers have lasted over one month without any appreciable wear down- well worth cost on Amazon.

IMO the RuffWear Gnawt-A-Cones are better than Kongs in stuffing and keeping Dobes engaged. The Gnawt-A-Rocks are also excellent and large capacity and can be used also for slow feeding. We put a couple of well sized chicken jerkys insided. Spock has figured out a system using jaw crushing for extraction in about 10-15 minutes but with our other two it takes at least 40 min (if they can keep Spock from swiping)!

Eva, our aggressive chewer, likes all the Nyla-Bone products and especially the recently purchased Nyla-bone Rawhide/Antler alternative:

https://amazon.com/gp/product/B00X591CH8


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I do a lot of raw bones from my raw dog food co-op. We've done turkey necks, ribs and rib ends, knuckle bones, knee caps, saddle bones, etc.

I also do stuffed frozen kongs (generally use kibble and canned dog food).

When I do bully sticks, I usually put them in West Paw Qwizl to make them last longer.
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Wanted to add Elk or Moose antlers. Buy only ones from the USA. Deer antlers are too soft for powerful chewers.
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