Go Chew on an Antler!

So we've been having a hard time keeping a surprisingly popular new chew in stock... Antlers! We've had both deer and elk varieties in the shop, and pups seem to love 'em all! We like them cause they're not stinky but they're super long lasting... but there are a lot of other benefits you might not have thought of.

  • They're really healthy! They are almost pure calcium and phosphorus which is great for your pup's bones and joints. 
  • They last forever. This makes them great for puppies or really strong chewers who "go through" other chews really quickly. I've had people compare them to the hardness of a nylabone, except they're better cause they're organic and not plastic. Most antlers last weeks or even months! (This makes them worth their higher price!) 
  • They are odor free! Unlike hooves and bully sticks, they don't have any discernible odor!
  • They won't splinter. They are ground down when chewed, and will not splinter like other hard bones might.
  • They keep your dog busy and help them develop proper chewing habits. Puppies need to chew because it keeps 'em busy, teaches them what is ok to chew on (bones, not shoes!), and helps them develop important muscles in their jaw and throughout their body. If you've ever seen a dog chew on a bone, you know they use their whole body to do it! Some dogs who are only fed kibble never learn how to properly chew things, and try to gulp down all food. This can lead to choking if they ever get anything in their mouth that's bigger than kibble. Teaching dogs to chew properly from an early age is important, and antlers are great for this cause they won't break apart into choking hazards so easily.

So we can agree that antlers are "the new bully stick". Dogs NEED to chew! The thing is, just like any chew you give your dogs, there are some antler safety tips that should be taken into consideration.

  • Make sure your antler dog chew is large enough so that there is no possibility that your dog could choke on it. We sell two sizes - small and large.
  • Check your antler chew over for any possible sharp edges. If there are any, it is easy to remove them by rubbing the sharp edge against concrete or sandpaper.
  • Wash the antler chew in warm, soapy water and rinse well.
  • Give the antler chew to your dog watch him while he chews it for at least the first few times.
  • Make sure your dog is gnawing on the antler instead of trying to break the antler chew in half. If he is bearing down hard on the antler, it is best to take it away (don't forget to give him a treat for giving it up!), since chewing any hard chew this way could damage his teeth.
  • Do not allow your dog to chew more than an inch of the antler per day.
  • Take the the antler chew away from your dog once it gets worn down to a small enough size that your dog could swallow / choke on it.
  • If your dog likes the antler so much that he guards it from you, you can teach him to drop the antler for a treat. If your dogs fight over their antler chews, make sure to give the chews to them when the dogs are separated.
  • If your dog isn't interested in the chewing the antler, try rubbing it with sandpaper or a nail file. If your dog still isn't interested in the antler, you could try rubbing it with a small amount of peanut butter or soaking it overnight in water in the refrigerator.

    Come by and pick up an antler for your pup!

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