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Old 05-06-2007, 01:54 AM   #1
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Question Rawhide ok for young puppy?

Can I give my puppy a rawhide bone. (9 week Shepherd/rotti). The intenet seems to be split on the issue. The lady I bought the dog from says no, never and to go by a "Nyla bone" or a smoked beef bone with instructions to remove the marrow etc. I didn't full understand her instructions on the beef bone so I went out and bought a Nyla bone. My dog couldn't care less about it and would rather chew dirt, rocks, pant legs etc. he has had a few tastes of rawhide and loves it.

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Old 05-06-2007, 03:02 AM   #2
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Opinions will be divided here too, but I'd recommend the Durable Nylabone (not the edible) as rawhide can cause digestive problems or create a choking hazard. I raised many puppies with Durable Nylabones and never had one problem with them, except when I've stepped on a well gnawed one with my bare feet.

Many puppies don't really get into the Durable Nylabones until they've been gnawed a little and become rough on the ends. In the beginning to make it more tempting, rub the new bone lightly with peanut butter, bacon grease, butter or one of the creamy cheese products. You might even knick the ends a little with a knife to make it easier for them to grasp and to hold the added taste a little longer. You'll only have to add a taste tempter a couple of times and from then on he should love it. Be sure the Nylabone is big enough for him so he can't get the whole thing in his mouth.
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Old 05-06-2007, 03:10 AM   #3
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I never give rawhide,why dont you get him a raw knuckle bone he will love it
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I asked my vet this question, about rawhide, and they said it was fine to give a lil puppy rawhide, but you should supervise them incase they choke on it.
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Rawhide has never been a favorite of my dogs so they had marrow bones from the biginning.Rawhide is also considered dangerous cos dogs can swallowm big chunk of it and get an obstruction.
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My opinion is that rawhide is fine unless it is the cheap kind that has been chemically over-processed to bleach it. But I agree, there are opinions all over the place on this one.
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Other opinions on rawhide is that by chewing on rawhide, the pup learns- if I chew on something long enough- I can eat it. ( ie teaches the pup they can distroy something as well.) Chewing is normal in a puppy to help with teething etc., but other long term effects of this pattern of chew on something to eat it is hard to stop at later puppy hood. Additionally rawhide is just that- hide- ie leather, which cause cause confusion to a puppy later- "okay if I can chew this hide toy- but cant chew your shoes?" mentality.
I like to use clearly defined toys-I have used nylabone, and rubber bones. Ruber bones can be placed in the freezer to be like a cooling pacifier on those sore gums. A favorite here is a bone that looks like a nyla bone but had rubber in the center of it. Kongs are another favorite.
Other toys for a little while ( until the first time they get defluffed- are large, safe for pets ( no plastic eyes etc) stuffed toys. In shaking them etc not only is it fun, but also builds muscles in the neck and shoulders.
All toys need supervision, and as stated make sure they are big enough to not be swollowed whole. I have a box of toys of different sizes, that I replace with larger ones as the puppy grows. Rule of thumb with bone length- the bone should be at least two inches longer on each side of the muzzle when the dog has a bone his mouth ( attaching a picture) .. In other words- if the bone is in the dogs mouth, you should see 2 inches of bone on each size of the muzzle sticking out.
Also- since you have a big dog puppy especially, I use empty milk jug containers, or soda bottles. What these do is teach the puppy just because something makes alot of noise, I didnt get hurt. This really helps build confidence. With any toy- take them away when they start to chew on them. Start out with a little soda bottle and work up as they grow. Battling them around is alot of fun..
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I gave Ozzy some rawhide chews when he was very young; however, he was always supervised & as soon as he made them a little bit "soggy", I tossed them out & gave him a new one. Once he got a little more chewing power, I quit using them & moved on to more durable chew toys & real bones.
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Great response, thanks guys. I'll try flavoring up his Nylabone first. I think I need to get him chewing on something he perceives as food. His favorite treat is pant legs with a side of shoe, And I'm trying to ween him off that.

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Great response, thanks guys. I'll try flavoring up his Nylabone first. I think I need to get him chewing on something he perceives as food. His favorite treat is pant legs with a side of shoe, And I'm trying to ween him off that.
I hope it works for you as well as it did for me. Since he already likes shoes so much; better be sure to scrub your hands real good after flavoring the bone and before touching your shoes. Once he gets a taste of the flavoring you use; from then on everything that smells like that will be fair game for him to chew on. JK
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