Just for Chewers
Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs. It promotes dental health and jaw strength. Some chewing habits can be destructive, and some dogs like to chew more than others. It is important to give your chewer (or chewers!) appropriate items to gnaw on.
Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming offers a wide variety of toys to accommodate all of their mandibular needs. Choose from woven floss ropes, bones, interactive toys and unprocessed elk antlers. Our pet experts can help you find an appropriate outlet for your chewer.
Here is what my dog told me:
“I LOVE TO CHEW! As an older dog it relieves the stresses of everyday life. When my guardians go to work and I’m all lonesome for hours at a time, I have to keep my teeth active and my mouth muscles moving. As I grow older, I have become a bit more aggressive in my chewing habits. On occasion I have gone after a few of my guardians things, (well just their socks, but let’s keep that between us. Okay?) but I tend to chew on something for too long and my gums get sore.
“I really can’t stop myself, especially when I’m trying to get at that lovely squeaker those chew toys so deftly hide from me. I love it even more when I play tug of war with my dad, but I’ve had to cut back on that more and more these days because it hurts my increasingly sensitive teeth.
“Even though chewing can be hard on my mouth it is still a great activity for older dogs like me. It helps lower blood pressure, it promotes healthy teeth (if there is no straining), and it keeps dogs like me happy overall. So, I decided I wanted to share a few tips on chew toys for the dog that is middle aged or senior.”
Have a good variety of toys
This will help keep us interested. It will allow for some really intense chewing on a hard rubber toy to be broken up by softer more mellow chew toys. A tug of war toy is a must.
Buy toys that don’t resemble household objects
Even older dogs will go after shoes, socks, clothing, and other items you may not want them to chew and slobber on. Buying toys that model animals, toys that look like balls, or toys that look completely random and weird are perfect. This way an older dog can keep focus on things that belong to them and not things that belong to the guardian.
Dispose or wash used toys
Toys have a finite life span. The more dirty, ripped or shredded they get the more dangerous they can be for an older dog’s mouth. Lots of rubber toys can be sanitized in the dishwasher, or even in the sink. It is best to keep germs at bay for you and your dog. Toys that have been ripped or shredded, can cut or cause choking hazards. So if a toy is getting to haggard, throw it out, it’s rubbish. Buy a new one. Dogs would rather go nuts over a new toy anyway.
Buy at least one flavor infused toy
This will help keep older dogs pleased, but it will also curb chewing habits. The flavors can usually be enhanced with dental additives for dental health and hygiene as well. What is great about these toys is it allows the dogs to savor the chew toy and associate the flavors with food, making the aggressive chewing less of an aggressive habit.
Chew on everybody. Chew on.
(Should we make a shirt that says “Keep Calm and Chew On” with a bone on it? I know all those British doggies would like it!)