It’s normal for puppies and dogs to chew on objects as they explore the world. Chewing accomplishes a number of things for a dog. For young dogs, it’s a way to relieve pain that might be caused by incoming teeth. For older dogs, it’s nature’s way of keeping jaws strong and teeth clean. Chewing also combats boredom and can relieve various kinds of anxiety or frustration!
Both wild and domestic dogs spend hours upon hours chewing bones and sticks and just about anything else they can get their paws on, literally. They chew for fun and for stimulation.
But sometimes dogs can direct their chewing behavior toward inappropriate, dangerous or expensive items. He/she could break a tooth, choke, become allergic, get some sort of infection, have trouble with digestion, and probably more things we haven't even thought of! So do your homework before feeding your dog anything they put in their mouth!
As with most dog behavior problems it is far easier to prevent chewing problems than trying to extinguish an established chewing habit. Try these simple steps to help manage your dog's chewing:
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Provide your dog with a few tasty chews. Make it perfectly clear to your dog that if he/she needs to chew, it must be on those tasty chews. It's a good idea to toss your dog his/her favorite chew as you leave for work each morning.
It is always recommended by veterinarians to feed your dog with natural, healthy long-lasting chews, especially when your dog has food allergy. In Deluxe Naturals, all our chews are natural and full of nutritions. Click here to learn more.
Keep your dog in a safe and confined area while you are away from home. This could be a dog crate, kennel run or any secure room in your house. You should provide a few chews in this area and ensure that there are no dangerous objects present.
Provide your dog with lots of exercise, both physical and mental when you are at home (games, obedience training, tricks...)
There are varieties of dog chews in the market today, but many are not be suitable for dogs. Below are the PROS and CONS of the common dog chews in the market:
Bully sticks are pennies of bulls that have been rinsed and dried. Most bully sticks are imported from India and Brazil. Depending on chewing habits, it takes about 30-40 minutes to consume a stick.
Pros: tasty, natural, non greasy
Cons: strong odor, high in calories, choking.
Rawhide makes from layer of skin that comes from cattle. Depending on chewing habits, it takes about 30-40 minutes to consume a rawhide.
Pros: low odor, non greasy
Cons: digestive irritation, high in calories, choking
Make from dried pig ear or skin. Depending on chewing habits, it takes just minutes to consume a piece.
Cons: greasy, high in calories, stomach upset and loose stools when overeating.
Made from dried yam or sweet potato or other vegetables. Depending on chewing habits, it takes just minutes to consume a piece.
Pros: natural, rich in nutritional value, odorless, non greasy, digestible
Cons: less tasty, high in calories.
Antlers are unique to the deer family and are composed of a bone-like material which regenerates each year and “branches out”.The hardened antlers are consist of calcium and phosphorous, both are excellent for your dog’s bones, teeth and gum, coat and overall health! Depending on chewing habits, it takes WEEKS to reduce the size of an antler!
Pros; natural, no splinter, odorless, no additives or preservatives, allergen-free, long-lasting, not messy
Cons: low grade antler may be splinter, higher price (actually more cost effective per week)
So now you know antler chews have clear health advantages! Despite the higher price point, it is more cost effective when we consider how fast dogs consume most other chews on the market. Click here to see which chew suitable for your dog.