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Offline PaulaO

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Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2017, 07:21:53 PM »
Bullysticks for our insane chewer. He gets the biggest and widest. The others get smaller ones according to their size. Quinn (my prospect puppy) isn't big enough yet to chew one. She tries but doesn't like it that much.

Himalayan milk chews are her fave right now. It is harder than the bullystick and it doesn't seem she makes much progress but dang, she will chew on that for a long time.

I got a Kanolli from GoughNuts and have used that a few times. Put pb and kibble in it. I didn't freeze it. She had fun with it for quite a while. She was in her crate so fell asleep as soon as she was done. The Kanolli was very easy to clean.
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Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Reply #16 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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Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Reply #17 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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Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Reply #18 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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Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Reply #19 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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Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2017, 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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Re: Which bones / Chews Does Everyone Give Their Dogs?
« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2017, 03:46:48 PM »
I just made some dog treats last night.
Recipe I used:
and my finished product:
(I added a couple tablespoons of ground flaxseed, and a sprinkling of oats after the egg wash to be the "salt")

I have also made banana oatmeal cookies, chickpea and peppermint cookies, and peanut butter and pumpkin balls (first batch had some fried bacon but that made them too crumbly).

I feel good knowing that I make wholesome, human grade treats for my pup that I could actually eat if I were so inclined.

I do buy some treats at the store (usually meat kinds) because I haven't gotten the urge to make meat based treats yet. I need to get out my food dehydrator and dehydrate something.
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