Big Lil pup
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Portland, OR
Dogs Name: Foxfire's The Real McCoy (McCoy)
Titles: Pet of the Year
Dogs Age: DOB 9/12/14
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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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