The Best Items to Keep Dogs Busy Chewing

by Kea Grace
    Is this a bring-your-own-bone event?

    Is this a bring-your-own-bone event?

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    When you own a powerful chewer, it can be very difficult to find safe toys that allow your dog to chew to his heart's content. When everything else fails, try these toys on for size!

    Raw Meaty Bones

    Raw meaty bones carry a tremendous amount of benefits for your dog, including keeping them well occupied, providing mental stimulation, cleaning their teeth and improving overall health. It's important to ensure the bones you give your dog are truly raw and haven't been cooked or processed. Ask your local butcher for femur bones or knuckles. Most dogs truly enjoy raw bones and will spend hours sucking out the marrow and cleaning them of gristle and meat. The bigger your dog is, the bigger the bone should be. Only give large, powerful chewers weight-bearing bones so they will not shatter while being enjoyed.

    Antlers

    Shed antlers from a deer, elk or moose are extremely durable and particularly difficult to destroy. They offer many of the same benefits of a raw bone but typically last longer. Ensure that your antler comes from someone who prepares them for use by dogs; don't just simply pick some up out in the woods.

    Himalayan Dog Chews

    Himalayan Dog Chews are an exceptionally unique and all-natural chewy made from yak's or cow's milk and salt. The end product is extremely long-lasting, durable and very high value. Most dogs absolutely adore them and yours is likely to be no exception! While these chews can be a little bit difficult to find, you can order them online from a variety of vendors.

    KONGs

    KONGs are an old stand-by for every dog from powerful chewers to puppies to dogs that just like to carry toys around. KONGs can be stuffed with a variety of treats, such as yogurt, apple sauce, wet dog food, cheese or peanut butter, and either given to your dog directly or frozen for an additional challenge. KONGs keep your dog working for the goodies inside and, even when empty, provide a fun and safe chewing experience.

    Goughnuts

    Goughnuts are about as durable as you can get in a dog toy and still be considered "fun." These toys are made with police dogs, working dogs and extremely powerful dogs in mind. They have an inner core coated in an outer layer. When the inner core is exposed through the outer layer, you can send the toy back to Goughnuts and they replace it for your dog's safety. What's not to love?

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    About the Author

    Since 2001, Kea Grace has published in "Dog Fancy," "Clean Run," "Front and Finish" and an international Czechoslovakian agility enthusiast magazine. Grace is the head trainer for Gimme Grace Dog Training and holds her CPDT-KA and CTDI certifications. She is a member of the APDT and is a recognized CLASS instructor. She's seeking German certification from the Goethe Institut.

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