Give your dog a RAW meaty bone - NEVER COOKED BONES!
Chewing on raw bones is an instinctual act that provides a tremendous amount of mental stimulation, and exercise for your dog's head, neck and jaw muscles. Chewing is a therapeutic, stress relieving activity you can provide your dog with.
It is important to make sure you provide the right size of bone, the right type of bone, and supervise your dog while they chew to make sure they do not develop bad chewing habits.
Bones should always be completely raw, NEVER cooked. Cooking changes the structure of bone, making it harder and prone to splintering and breaking off in sharp shards. Raw bones are safe, COOKED BONES ARE DANGEROUS!
Dogs should chew, grind away at, and shave small pieces off with their molars and eat away at the surface. The majority of recreational chewing bones are not meant to be 100% consumed. You can view a video of my dog Hunter below to see ideal chewing behavior with a raw meaty bone.
Ideal recreational chewing bones for large to giant breeds of dogs include (from large animals like cows, elk, venison, etc) knuckle bones, neck bones, rib bones, and marrow bones, femur bones.
For small dogs, you can feed things like beef knee cap bones, rib bones, turkey necks, turkey legs, lamb femurs and more.
Recreational bones are different from raw meaty bones in a raw food diet because recreational bones aren't meant to be completely consumed by your dog. Both bones are perfectly fine to provide for chewing, just be sure to make sure they are safely chewing the recreational bones they aren't meant to completely consume.
Benefits of Chewing Raw Bones
- Mental stimulation.
- Work out for the muscles of the head, neck and jaw.
- Dental cleaning: White, clean teeth and fresher breath.
- THERAPY for dogs! Improves mood, expends energy and relieves anxiety and stress.
- Relieves boredom.
- Healthy, all natural snack.
- Helps stop unwanted chewing habits.
- Provides vitamins and minerals.