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Old 07-20-2006, 11:57 PM
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Hey guys -

My Watson (large German Shepherd male) is very picky about what he likes to chew. He loves to have something to chew on, but he only likes certain things. Doesn't like nylon bones or really any bones at all that I've found, even flavored ones and whatnot.

The only thing he seems to LOVE to chew on is those rawhide pieces, but then I was told that they are awful for dogs!

1) Is this true? He's a huge dog... I heard it's not as bad for big dogs, but I want to be safe. He does indeed appear to enjoy eating them after a while, not JUST chewing them.

2) If this is awful for him, can anyone recommend something Watson might like to chew on? He doesn't like those plain bones or anything. Rawhide, ironically, is the only thing he likes to chew on besides actual food and Greenies and such! He devours actual food bones too fast, and the kind you're supposed to chew don't generally seem to interest him.
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Old 07-21-2006, 12:27 AM
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Hi there,
rawhides are definetely bad for dogs. I seem to remember that there's another thread in here about what other people give their dogs for chews. Take a look. My dogs only get RMBs though.

Here's one of the many many sites out there with cautions for rawhides.
http://www.bdnhumanesociety.com/rawhides.htm
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Old 07-21-2006, 12:28 AM
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How about Sam's Yams?

http://www.frontporchpets.com/

Sweet potato chews!
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Old 07-21-2006, 03:42 PM
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Have you tried any raw bones? Soup bones with a lot of meat & cartilege on them help clean teeth and satisfy chewing sooo much. :0)

My dogs also love Merrick brand chews, like Bully sticks, cow tails, lamb ears, etc.
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Old 07-22-2006, 09:25 PM
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Compressed rawhides aren't too bad. When my dogs start getting to the end of them though, I take them away and throw 'em out.
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Old 07-22-2006, 09:38 PM
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I noticed you said you feed Greenies.

They are not good for dogs... please look into these more before you make a decision on whether or not to continue feeding them.

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Old 07-22-2006, 10:58 PM
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My guys get their kongs filled with stuff, and raw bones.

They both of super white teeth and they *love* them.

They last for about a week and by then all the good stuff's gone. They get probably one a month.
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Old 07-22-2006, 11:31 PM
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My pup likes carrots oddly enough. She'll eat anything though. You can feed raw meaty bones. They love to gnaw on those. Or whatever those things are called - the bull penises. lol yup I said it.
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Old 07-23-2006, 01:51 AM
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My pup likes carrots oddly enough. She'll eat anything though. You can feed raw meaty bones. They love to gnaw on those. Or whatever those things are called - the bull penises. lol yup I said it.
Steer penises. The first time I saw it I couldn't believe it, but apparently they are one of the safest chews for dogs.

http://www.sitstay.com/store/edibles/chews2.shtml
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Old 07-23-2006, 01:57 AM
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Mm hmm. Bully sticks. I just saw ihartgonzo mentioned them already. I've never bought them but I guess they love them. the dogs out on the farm where I worked sure loved it when the horses got gelded lol.
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