Luckily Cooka and Sherlock have long outgrown their chewing-stage, but with our little pup arriving at home, the love to nibble on anything valuable is back. Sofa feet, entrance table and dad’s house shoes, ooooops. We urgently need some chewing substitutes, that keep sweet Bohemia busy.
These are our favourites:
BRAIDED BULLY/PIZZLE STICKS
You surely have seen the bully sticks around. They are super yummy, healthy and can last pretty long, depending the chewer you have at home. But the braided bully sticks are one step ahead and can keep even the biggest ‘chew-monsters’ entertained for a while. Bully sticks are super high in protein and do not smell bad.
BEEF TRACHEA CHEWS
Moca used to love these treats and proudly carry it around the house. It was the funniest thing to watch and always made us laugh. Tracheas, or windpipes, are considered a great bone-free beginners chew for pups over 10 weeks old. Satisfyingly chewy and packed with nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin, important for joint health. To make the chew last a little longer, we like to smear some yummy puree on the inside (like liver mousse with peanut butter)
And no, the windpipes do not smell bad. They usually are a bit oily, so be careful if you are worried about your carpet.
WATER BUFFALO HORNS
Like antlers and other bone-type chews, buffalo horns are low in calories, high in protein and last quite a long time. And of course, unlike cooked bones (which you should never give to your dog, no exceptions!), these horns will not splinter when they’re chewed.
Buffalo horns might keep for weeks or month, depending the chewer!
Did you know that deers shed their antlers naturally? So in case you are worried, most antlers are usually collected in the wild and dogs absolutely adore them. (okay, not Sherlock)
Deer Antlers are the perfect chew to preoccupy your pup, as they are low in fat and high in minerals to help support healthy joints and bones, and they also make for a great natural toothbrush!
HIMALAYAN YAK CHEW
Pretty new in the dog-chew world, this ancient Himalayan snack is made from yak milk, cow milk, salt, and lime juice. They wear down over time as your dog gnaws on it and are great for keeping plaque at bay. Once they get too small enough (about 2-3cm) it is best to take them away. But don’t throw it in the trash, as you can pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and it will puff up like a giant popcorn and makes for a great treat.
RAW BEEF BONES
At home we love real bones. Our local butcher always keeps a stash for our kids and there is nothing they like chewing on more. Feeding your pup some real raw(!) bones is a great health benefit and most vets recommend it once per week. Especially marrow-rich bones are highly nutritious and can keep the kids entertained for quite some time, like this little cutie @maska_the_husky (Instagram).
HAPPY CHEW CHEW everypawdy