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Pawsitive Solutions: Why Do Dog’s Chew?


For this month's edition of Pawsitive Solutions, we will focus on: Why Do Dog’s Chew? Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs and can help to promote healthy teeth, gums and jaw muscles. Puppies may chew because they are teething and chewing relieves the discomfort of having new teeth growing, as play, as a dominance display, or as a way of exploring their world. Adult dogs may chew out of boredom or because they are anxious, want to attract your attention or as a response to fears or phobias. While chewing is healthy and normal for dogs of all ages, destructive chewing can be a sign that the dog is bored or suffering from separation anxiety.

Providing your dog with appropriate things to chew on can help save you from expensive damage as well as frustration. Providing dogs with variety with their chew options can help keep them interested longer, as well as help you to figure out which they prefer.

So, which chew is the best chew for your dog? Some of the options we have a available are:

Bully Sticks: These are 100% protein, help to floss the teeth, are edible, and generally last several days. They generally come shaped as sticks, braids, or twists. Dogs are generally very excited about how these smell (owners less so). We do also carry odorless bully sticks.

Himalayan Chews: These last about as long as a bully stick, are odorless, and are made using traditional methods in the Himalayas, (fair trade). Himalayan chews are essentially a very hard cheese, what dog doesn’t love cheese?

Blue Buffalo Bone (Dental Chew): These clean teeth as well as freshen breath, and contain ingredients that promote heart and joint health. They last a very short time, but dogs generally like them very much.

Compressed Rawhide: Made of layers of cow hides pressed together, Compressed rawhide lasts a good while and is an inexpensive option. They are safer and last longer than traditional rawhide, and are available in a number of sizes.

Real Bones & Hooves: The upside of hooves and bones is that they are safe and very inexpensive, and last a long while… the down side is that they have a stronger smell (especially the hooves).

Antlers: This is a very natural thing to give your dog, (it’s what wolf puppies chew on) antlers are odorless, last a long while, and the marrow part keeps them very interested.

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Chew options for your dog!

Bully Sticks
Himalayan Chew
Blue Buffalo Bone
Compressed Rawhide
Real Bone & Hooves
Antlers

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