Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Richter; Sypha; RIP Shanoa & Simon
Titles: Richter: CAA L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V ACT1 RATI WAC; Sypha: NW1 NW2 L1C L1V L1E RATI SOG WAC
Dogs Age: d.o.b. 7/13/2012; d.o.b. 12/6/2015
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Any chew that is hard has risk - you have to decide for yourself and your dog what risk is acceptable to you. Dogs NEED to chew, and you have to figure out what their chewing preferences are and provide something they'll chew on. Some dogs are "bigger" chewers than others.
Both of my dogs are chewers, but Richter especially has been a pretty hardcore chewer most of his life - he's turning seven in July. He can't have any "soft" toys because he will utterly destroy them. Both of mine chew really regularly, and they choose hard things to chew on, so I have to decide what risk I'm willing to accept for them.
I personally allow them to have Benebones, which are quite hard, because my dogs love them and will chew on them. They get raw knuckle bones, which are softer, but they only get to chew them in their crates for about 20 minutes at a time, maybe a couple of times a week (or less, if I just don't have time or forget to offer them). I don't give bully sticks often, because they are high calorie and sometimes they will gulp the last few inches, and I worry about obstructions. Their favorite toy to "chew" is their rubber Chuck It balls - not a tennis ball, but harder rubber, and the size just larger than a tennis ball size. We also do Kongs pretty regularly - stuffed with whatever I feel like, and frozen. I often just use a little canned food to hold together some kibble, and freeze it. Or some yogurt, dog-safe fruit, kibble...canned tripe...whatever I have around that they like and can eat. Freezing is key, because then they last a long time.
I don't give pigs ears, either.
As far as just random treats, I tend to keep a big jar of the Old Mother Hubbard mini bones - they are only 3 calories each. I often even break those in half. It's really easy to overfeed your dogs with treats, so make sure you cut back meals when you're giving a lot of treats!
Richter & Sypha
Glengate's Mountain Fortress CAA ORT L1V NW1 L1I L1E L1C NW2 L2V L2I ACT1 RATI SOG WAC
& Sirai's Golden Masquerade ORT NW1 L1C L1V L1E L1I L2C L2I NW2 RATI SOG WAC
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