Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: A Dog Without a Bone




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Our Tip of the Day:
In dogs, chewing is a common behavior. In many cases, it's also a perfectly normal one. Puppies, for example, are heavy chewers in part because that is one way in which they are learning about their environment and the things in it, not to mention that chewing can help relieve pain from teething. In adult dogs, chewing can be an instinct to keep teeth clean and the jaw strong. What's more, in dogs both young and old, chewing can help relieve boredom or anxiety. This can explain why your pup might go search out one of their chew bones on a rainy day with few walks, for example, or after their human playmates go back to school. This being said, as I'm sure most of you know, destructive chewing is a red flag. If your pup is using his or her teeth on anything and everything, from shoes to furniture, that can be a very distinctive sign of excessive boredom or anxiety, such as separation anxiety. If you are noticing this destructive behavior in your dog, especially if well out of puppyhood, analyze their activity level and take into consideration the number of walks they get each day, and how often they are receiving attention or play time with their favorite peeps, or how long they are home alone each day. If a main culprit is pinpointed, try to address it so that the destructive chewing behavior can be eliminated. Of course, don't forget that your vet as well as animal behaviorists are out there to help you if need be.

10 comments:

  1. Asrid, it looks to us like you have plenty of items to chew on at the moment.Maybe you just don't which one you want to chew on at the moment. You all have a great day.

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  2. Nice photo of Astrid, I can see she likes to chew :) My niece's cat used to chew cords and straps on tank tops when he was left alone,once they got another cat he stopped doing it.

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  3. Those biscuits look quite tasty Astrid and very nommy.

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  4. Wow, Astrid. You sure did a job on those Nylabones! :)

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  5. Astrid, you have quite a collection of chew toys there!

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  6. You have a good selection of chewy toys, Astrid.

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  7. I am quite biased with real bones over synthetic bones sold in pet supply stores. It gives the authentic feel and my dog’s teeth became cleaner, which is a pleasant surprise for me. The only advice I can give is to never cook bones. Now, are bones really good for dogs? You should check this one out: http://dogsaholic.com/food_treats/are-bones-good-for-dogs.html

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