Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pooches: Chew Gear (Why We Heart Antlers)

We stopped giving Maggie squeaky toys a while ago because she has a very intense prey drive (she almost ripped off my arm this morning when we saw a squirrel three feet away).

We discovered antlers after reading horror stories of doggies eating chunks of Nylabones and then needing surgery.  Maggie definitely used to be a power chewer, ripping through any toy we gave her.  We stopped giving her fluffy toys and squeaky toys because they got her so amped up when she played with them.

We lurrrrve our antlers!


They sell antlers at the Petco right near our house and Maggie LOVED her first one!  Then, I turned to the net to purchase multiple antlers and found these from PetExpertise.com.  They are AMAAAAZING.  They're pricey but if you have strong chewers like our little monsters adorable pitties.  And, if you buy 5, 10 or more, you get discounts!  SCORE!

Fun trivia fact...what bully sticks really are!  (Don't read if you're a little squeamish.)


What is your doggie's favorite chew toy?!

19 comments:

  1. I shouldn't be sharing this because he will get so popular the price will go up! But I can not hold out on a fellow Pittie family. These chews are huge and they ship for $6 know matter how many you order. I have bought the Elk and the White Tail and the dogs love them both. And they are so proud of themselves carrying around the whole antler :)
    http://indianaantlersupply.com/

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    1. OOOO!!! Those look awesome. They're much more into the darker ones (which seems weird but whatever) but I think it's really a texture thing. We may need to check out this new place!! Thanks for the tip. :-)

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  2. we only use nylabones for Beatrice. Her teeth are messed up (missing enamel) so because they are fragile I can't give her super hard bones because she gets *so* into it. she loved antlers too - especially the Split ones. NOM! at least with nyla she only nibbles off rice-sized pieces but I have heard some really tough chewers swallow large pieces!
    we gave up on stuffed toys - they only last 5 minutes before stuffy loses an arm or an eye and I got tired of doing surgery!

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    1. I only wish they could chew Nylabones! It would be so easy. Maggie really goes at it though and loves to rip off huge chunks so that was the end of THAT. We had the same issue with stuffed toys and just gave up at some point too. Though they look adorable when they cuddle with them. :-)

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  3. oh and yeah - bully sticks. LOL when I told Nate what they really are he got really grossed out. LOL we only buy made in the USA bully sticks and she gets about one a week. when she was a puppy, she got about 5 a week and that was an expensive habit for a crazy puppy...but we avoid rawhide like the plague. :)

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    1. Hehehehe! We haven't tried bully sticks yet but I'm SURE they will love them when we finally do...

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  4. Our 2 power chewers LOVE antlers - I hesitate to buy any other type of toy or chew, because they just don't last as long!

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  5. Dottie is a major chewer and we have yet to find anything that can stand up to her. I'm wondering if antlers might be the answer. My fear is that she'll manage to chew off pieces of it.

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    1. Maggie was DESTROYING stuff. We also thought she may be able to chew pieces off of the antlers but they are really strong. It says online that you shouldn't let them consume more than 1/2 inch to 1 inch per day. We buy her special ones for "strong chewers" and they definitely stand up to her mighty jaws!

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  6. Ray has a few antlers scattered around and depending on his mood any one of them can be his current favorite. You can actually get one pound bags of mixed antlers at bestbullysticks.com which are a crazy good price.

    And bully sticks? Yeah, they're a staple in our house. :-)

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    1. OOOOOO OMG we need to check out this bag o' antlers!! Do Ray's bully sticks get stinky?

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  7. Nice. My dogs have a few antlers around here, but they aren't really too big of fans of them. The only antler they really want is the reindeer antler I brought back from Finland, which they do NOT get.

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    1. Hahahaha!! I'm assuming that one is kept out of doggie reach. :-) (I've seen your pictures though, your pups can JUMP!)

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  8. Yup - antlers are the chew of choice around here! We like the moose variety. They are big and flat, which the pooches like alot more than the pointier elk. These are the only thing that lasts in our house, but we do like to mix it up with different chews and toys - just to keep it interesting! Ed destroys stuffies here, too, but he looooves the squeeker, so I'm becoming a pro at giving stuffie sutures.

    We like VIP Products Mighty Toys - they are the longest lasting stuffy we've found.

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    1. Interesting! We may need to check out some moose ones next. Maggie has such a high prey drive that she used to do the "I'm going to fling around this stuffy like it's a dead squirrel" act so often. One of our trainers recommended not letting her play with them because it's like she is catching and killing an animal over and over again. That seems dramatic now when I write it but it seems to have helped her reactivity to squirrels and birds since she stopped so whatever works!!

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  9. Still can't believed we haven't tried them! Definitely want to soon. Braylon has prey drive like a mutha' too. Hades also, but Braylon on a whole different level.

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    1. I swear, she is plotting to take down the squirrel population of LA! How do you help Braylon with her intense want to eat small animals?!

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    2. That's a good question--basically we haven't worked on it that much at all! I've never thought about how it's something you could train. We have a stray cat problem in the neighborhood and that's actually helping her. She definitely wants to go after any cat she sees but through exposure she'd become less vocal about it. Did I ever tell you I once spotted her on the couch with a ground squirrel placed casually in between her paws? I'll never forget the look she gave me when I screamed. She dropped it and wiggled at my feet like, "Oh mom, I had no idea that was the wrong thing to do!" It was alive...but barely. Gross.gross.gross.

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