I got a message on Facebook from a delighted yet slightly disappointed fan about her dog chewing one of our toys to bits and pieces quickly. Even though I am a famous world traveler, I like to have that personal touch and let my fans know that I hear them. Where you hurt, I hurt. It may be difficult to comprehend that pet guardians have to provide items for their dogs knowing full well that those items will be destroyed. Such is the nature of chewing. There are several reasons we dogs chew.In puppies, chewing alleviates the pain associated with teething by massaging the gums and helping new teeth work through the gum tissue. But like human babies who are always sticking things in their mouths, puppies gain a lot of information about their environment by tasting and chewing everything. (Boy does that seem like a long time ago for me!) The key is teaching our young friends what is acceptable to chew and what isn't. Don't confuse your dog by offering a shoe-shaped toy to play with and then wonder why your new Nike's got ingested.
We adult dogs also enjoy chewing, but this chewing behavior may be related to separation anxiety, boredom, need for attention, or a self-soothing behavior.Â For puppies and adult dogs, it is imperative to give us items we know we are allowed to chew so that we will leave your valuables alone. This natural behavior, especially chewing bones, might be the after-dinner equivalent to retiring with a nice cigar to the gentleman's quarters. It's a soothing comfort for refined dogs such as yours truly. But with all the products available, how does one choose the appropriate items for your dog?
Yes, friends, we dogs truly appreciate a good chew! Believe me, I get my scheduled chew every day and my dentist says my teeth look very healthy for my age. And I am a very well-behaved, refined fellow thanks, in part, to allowing a healthy outlet for this natural part of my life. We hope these tips will help you select items to keep your pet happy and healthy.
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