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Food and Nutrition / Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Last post by MoTrouble on Yesterday at 08:01:27 PM »
Since a lot of the commercial treats can be not good for Shasta or ver expensive or both, I make my own. I use 2 jars meat only baby food. 1/2 C. dry milk and 1/2 C. Cream of Wheat. If it's too wet to work with, add a little more dry stuff at a time until you can roll it into small loose balls. If you use parchment paper on the cookie sheet, there's no mess. Roll into balls (I do about 1"). Flatten on cookie sheet and bake for about 13 minutes at 350. Cool and dtore in refrigerator in baggies.

Dogs count by how many, not by how much, so tear the cookies into small pieces before using. This helps keep the calorie count low as well. Don't add salt or extra flavors, the dog loves them plain and some additives are harmful.

Shasta loves these and they've gotten us through  2 semesters of K9 behavior and psychology and 9 months so far of SD training without her gaining a bunch of weight or spending more than about $25 total in that entire time.    :tongue:
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Food and Nutrition / Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Last post by sciencesmurffette on February 19, 2017, 04:16:35 PM »
Zelda has a flavored Nlyabone and a 99c squeaky bone that has somehow lasted 2 years without breaking. She also has a cow bone (don't know the type) that she never chews on, just keeps it away from the other household dog.
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Food and Nutrition / Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Last post by Ariel on February 18, 2017, 10:44:06 PM »
I only give antlers and Benebones. Jubi has a super sensitive stomach, so she did get bully sticks and a few other fully digestible chews as a teething puppy, once she started being able to easily consume those she got upset tummy easily. When she started being able to really power through those was when her adult teeth were mostly in, and at that point I transitioned her to Benebones and antlers. I have both split and whole antlers; moose, elk and deer. I have several shapes of Benebones too, Bacon and Chicken flavors.

I rotate all chews, so not all are out at the same time. Keeps the chews more interesting. I strongly prefer Benebones to Nylabones as I have not seen any chunking and the chew only scratches off, not pulls off in pieces. It's not sharp either, or my dogs haven't gotten them to that point yet. We've had them for many months and they all get daily chewing. Jubi is chewing the jumbo chicken wishbone Benebone right now as I type.
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Food and Nutrition / Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Last post by Sheenar on February 18, 2017, 10:27:27 PM »
I give Zeus the Nylabone Dura-Chews. He loves them and they last a good while.

I also give the occasional cow's ear when I can get to the pet store in person.

 I don't like bully sticks because I know what they are (dried penis of steers or bulls as a product of slaughter --they really use all parts of the animal) and my Animal Science coursework kind of ruined that for me in terms of adding more gross factor (Oh Repro, what a class --didn't help that my prof used a pig AI tube as a pointer in that class (we speculated among ourselves whether it was unused or not). And we had to ID different animals' male genitalia on an exam --complete with illustrations. I learned things about that that I didn't want to know. Including observing collections and breeding soundness exams. I'm glad I was in a cast for that class and got out of doing the hands on for those field labs. XP

Oh, and my dept. chair had a preserved giant "bully stick" as a cane in his office --he was the Repro prof before he became dept. chair). I just don't want to see or handle any more of that kind of thing if I can avoid it.

I do like antlers, though --just have trouble finding them at an affordable price.

And Zeus loves his Kong when I stuff it with food. Wow, I just remembered it's in the freezer stuffed with wet food --it's been there for quite a while. Not sure if there's a timeframe you should use it in, but I should probably thaw that out and throw the food inside away since it's been like, 9-12 months and I forgot about it. XP

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Food and Nutrition / Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Last post by swimmergirl247 on February 18, 2017, 07:06:30 PM »
I feed Oiggies. there rawhide twist that are samll and fill with beef of peanut butter. I find that "just big enough" that Teddy will eat the while thing at in one sitting. the rawhide is twisted around the filling and it breaks into smaller peices which is I feel safe feeding it   my dog
why I feel safe feeding them to my dog

I also feed antlers when I find them on sale I'll by a whole bunch and keep them around

I stuff kongs with a greenie dog food peanut butter and banana, or wet food, or speet potato

I also use starmark dog treats, Teddy has a super chew tire I put the treats in and he likes the chick teeth cleaner ones. and i can buy a pack of our with two treats in each box on amazon. they keep him busy for hours. I trust those better than what's in a nylabone. plus none of my dogs ever took to them
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Food and Nutrition / Re: How to pick a food and food change problem
« Last post by swimmergirl247 on February 18, 2017, 06:51:22 PM »
I feed Abby IAMS and she did geddy was much more trail and error. he's gone though about 5 different foods before I found what works best of him. he can eat Nutro lamb and brown rice but doesn't "like it' so I have to add a tiny bit of brauth to get him to eat it. what we finally settled on is Natures Miracle chicken and sweet potato. do I wish it was cheaper? yes but it last Tddy about 2 months because the better the food the less they eat.

currently my mom baught the wrong food (the nutro) so I'm trying to finish it and get Teddy back to the food he liked and took well.

I also agree chewy is the best place to get food and treats.
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I agre with Kristin being nervous is part of exploring. Teddy was very confident as a puppy but got more nervious at about 10-13 months old. it was my job to boost his confidence and insure anything he was scared of I was able to show him it was okay. recently there was one of those gummy air filled dancing things and Teddy was unsure about it. he was unsure about it no treats could get him close to the item. but I walked next to it with him heeling on the other side and he realized it was okay after the second trip.

I wouldn't worry yet just keep upbeat and confident on everything.

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Food and Nutrition / Re: How to pick a food and food change problem
« Last post by Azariah on February 18, 2017, 03:56:49 PM »
BTW - I usually mix food as I switch it assuming I don't need to do it suddenly.

But if the dogs aren't "fans" of their existing food (I couldn't tell from your post) you could always use it over time to fill kongs with and mix with peanut butter. We use kibble a lot for that.

And mixing with new tastier food might make them happier to eat it. If that is a problem.

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Food and Nutrition / Re: How to pick a food and food change problem
« Last post by Azariah on February 18, 2017, 03:53:39 PM »
Wellness Complete Health Senior Deboned Chicken

I looked up Rio's as it was annoying me I couldn't remember. We tried EVERYTHING to get her weight down a few years back and she just kept gaining weight. This is the first food she lost weight on and the ingredients seem decent to me. She's down to 1/2 a cup twice a day so we really couldn't cut the amount any farther back.

https://www.chewy.com/wellness-complete-health-senior/dp/34366

First handful of ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Peas, Rice, Ground Flaxseed, Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat,
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Food and Nutrition / Re: How to pick a food and food change problem
« Last post by mommagrizzly on February 18, 2017, 12:41:00 PM »
Bailey eats Fromm. We went through A LOT of different foods before finding one she did well on.
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