Things To Look Out For When Giving Chews To Your Pets
For dogs and other pets, toys are not a luxury, but a necessity. Toys are important to your dog’s wellbeing. Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave your dog at home, and provide comfort when they are feeling nervous. Toys can even help prevent your dog from developing certain problem behaviours. Although cats can be pretty picky about toys, dogs are often more than willing to play with any object they can get their paws on. That means you will need to be particularly careful when monitoring your dog’s playtime to prevent any “unscheduled” activities.
Giving your dog bones help satisfy your dog’s natural desire to chew. Furthermore, bones are a stimulating alternative for dogs that take their innate urge to chew household items when suffering from separation anxiety. Bones can give your dog the enjoyment and leisure they seek, without the costly destruction of property that can come with it.
Some dogs chew quickly, some slowly. Others take large chomps, while many dogs take smaller bites. Bones can pose a threat to your dogs because they can splinter or break when dog chews down the bone. That’s how bones can become a choking hazard. One of our PerroPet readers have encountered a choking situation, and have urged us to share this with the the rest of you!
That being said, chews should be given regularly to take care of your dog’s dental health. Such accidents can be avoided, as long as you follow our tips closely!
Pet Chewing Tips
1. A solid trick to check if a bone you picked may be weak is to use your fingernails to lightly scratch the exterior of the bone. If you find the bone is chalky, and has a bit of residue that may be a bone you want to avoid giving your dog.
2. If you have more than one dog separate them while giving those chews because they might be territorial about chews.
3. Take away the bone once it is smaller than the dog’s muzzle.
4. Speaking of textures, chew toys that have more ridges will cause more chewing stimulation than smoother toys. Irregular shaped toys with various patterns of ridges and nubs will massage your dog’s gums more and make his chewing sessions more interesting.
5. Sometimes handing your dog a new chew right out of the package just won’t cut it—you need to make it seem like a really special object first. You can start by acting like he’s getting a special reward so he gets excited about it. Then, give it to him for a short period of time and take it away.
6. If you leave any toy out for your dog 24 hours a day, he’s not going to be as interested compared to a new and different toy. Try storing his chews in the same area as his treats, and keep a few different ones in rotation—it will seem like a new treat to him each time.
7. Always monitor your pet while they are chewing, you never know what might happen!