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Chewing is fantastic for your dog. They actually need to chew. It helps keep their teeth clean and in good condition, keeping plaque to a minimum, provides a healthy activity to keep your dog busy, satisfies their innate instinct to chew, helping them avoid destructive behaviors. A dog who is well exercised and provided with appropriate things to chew is a happy, well-behaved dog, one who is happy to lay quietly and nap or gnaw on their bone, rather than on your shoes.
Samoyeds, as one of the oldest dog breeds, have a large chewing instinct. If you aren’t careful, they will select their own items to chomp on. Its important to give them high-quality chews with good ingredients to maintain their health and teeth condition. They can be toys, bones, and special chewies–I recommend a mix of all 3.
Long-Lasting Dog Chews
Here is a list of my favorites:
- Kongs: Kongs are fantastic. The classic Kong chew is a lifesaver. It is hollow and shaped like a conch shell. You can stuff it with a variety of things, like peanut butter or special treats. For every day, we use her kibble in the Kong to ensure we maintain her healthy weight. The night before, we fill up the Kong with a portion of her breakfast, run water through it, then freeze it overnight. When we leave for work, we give it to her, and it keeps her happily busy for hours. Kongs are incredibly durable–even with daily use, it’s in perfect condition, and we even run it through the dishwasher to keep it clean.
- Bully sticks: Bully sticks are terrific, long-lasting chews, even for very strong chewers. They are awesome as long as you don’t mind the smell, or finding out what they are (dried bull penis). They are however very nutritious, and dogs go nuts for them.
- Himalayan Chews: Himalayan chews are Anya’s favorite. Made out of Yak cheese and all-natural ingredients, they look like hard sticks of butter. They are remarkably nutritious and wholesome treats, and last for days. Do be careful when you first give them; they are very rich, and for dogs not used to them, it can upset their stomachs. Only let them chew for a half hour or so the first couple of days until they’re used to it. A special tip: When the Himalayan chew is down to the last inch or so, don’t throw it out!!!! Instead, put it in the microwave for :45-90 seconds. It will puff up like popcorn to a big pastry-looking blob. We let it cool all the way and give it to Anya, and she goes crazy devouring her “biscuit”.
- Raw bones: While cooked bones can be dangerous due to splintering, raw bones are very healthy and beneficial to your dog. We get marrow bones from the grocery store and give them to Anya frozen; she gleefully sits outside for hours gnawing away at them, and at less than 50 cents a piece, they are by far the cheapest option. If your grocery stores doesn’t have packaged bones in the displays (mine always does!) go ahead and ask the butcher for them. They usually just throw them away, so most are happy to set them aside for you.