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Posted: 12/9/2012 10:13:54 PM
An idea to get the most out of your bully stick, back in the day, I gave Lucy, "Greenies". One of my friends told me to clamp a very small locking pliers to one end--that way the dog can chew waaaaaay down, but not eat/swallow the last little bit that they could choke on.


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Posted: 12/9/2012 10:27:13 PM
Thanks lalakme. I'll check them out.

As for her compressed rawhide bones, I don't have to worry about her not digesting them. She just picks them up and hides them in the couch, the laundry basket, behind the kids' beds. And she thinks we have no idea.

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Posted: 12/9/2012 10:41:22 PM
So our doggie in the picture loves bully sticks, cow hooves, and rawhide. She is a huge chewer...apparently I shouldn't give her the raw hide?

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Posted: 12/9/2012 10:55:32 PM
My Yorkie pup, Rigby loves Bully sticks too. He also got an upset belly the first time he had one. I think he was ingesting too much drool and he had runny poops.

He is small so he can work a stick for DAYS! We give it to him and let him chomp for an hour or so and then we put it up. He gets really obsessive if we don't take it away.


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Posted: 12/9/2012 10:59:29 PM
The only thing I've found that my dogs can't devour in two bites or less are basted bones. If you get the kind with the ends cut off, the dogs will spend hours working on the marrow inside the bone. I have been led to believe that this is mentally stimulating while also calming, as another pea put it--like doing a crossword puzzle. I don't think you should feel any guilt for this. When my old boy first came here, I felt lots of guilt about not offering him constant mental stimulation. That guilt eventually wore off somehow.

Mine are both shelter mutts, but if I were choosing knowing what I know now, I'd either get a non-shedding breed, or at least a breed with less surface area, and I'd definitely get a puppy instead of a grown (read as "set in his ways and stubborn" old boy. It all comes down to picking the best match for your life and family, etc.
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Posted: 12/9/2012 11:25:21 PM
You pup is adorable. My SIL just bought a mini goldendoodle. He's too young to come home with them yet, but she also described him as a teddy bear.


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Posted: 12/9/2012 11:50:47 PM
Another thing our dog LOVES is Merrick Texas Toothpicks. They're made from the tails of cattle.

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Posted: 12/9/2012 11:53:35 PM
Our labs LOVE them. We get them at Costco but $24 a bag is steep, so we try to make them last.

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Posted: 12/9/2012 11:53:50 PM
I'll have to pick one (well, two I guess even though my chocolate lab will hate it) and see how fast my black lab can chew through it. I'd be happy if he exhausted himself trying. I need to make them lay out on our apartment patio tomorrow so that I can clean (try cleaning a small apartment around two big dogs, their toys, and their beds), so maybe I'll try to entice them with those. Bonus for me - they'll be outside and I won't have to see or smell them.

I'll tell you what NOT to let them chew on - marrow bones. You know those round ones with the marrow in the middle? We gave those to the dogs fairly often (usually frozen) on our vet's approval, but one day my chocolate lab was acting funny and sort of hanging on me after I gave them a bone. He finally lifted up his head as if to show me "hey, I have this effing bone stuck over my teeth and under my jaw. Do something." OMG, it was awful. My DH had to PRY it off of his jaw. Never, ever again. Thank goodness we were home. And no wonder that poor dog hates chewing on stuff. (The long ones would be okay, but our butcher always sold them in packages of one or two long marrow bones and then a couple of 1-2" rings)


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Posted: 12/10/2012 1:21:39 AM
I do not have a dog. Apparently, I do not have a life because I was somehow compelled not only to read this entire thread, but to also google bully sticks. I so wish right now that I did not know about these....

That said, I would probably be buying them if I had a puppy.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 6:16:52 AM

I have 3 dogs (one breeder, two rescue - just for the record, lol). We laugh at the one who takes his treat to enjoy *in private*. He absolutely won't indulge in front of anyone.

Guess he's in the closet, lol.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 7:09:54 AM
I find them so disgusting, I cannot use them, but yes, dogs go crazy for dried bull penis.

We use antlers and Kongs. Our blabrador (half Lab, half Bloodhound) will literally exhaust herself getting a tablespoon of Kong Stuff out of the Kong. She just fell asleep after cleaning it out. And I do love that I can let my mind relax for 20 minutes or so as she is finishing one off and another 30 minutees of nap time following it.

One thing I love about the antlers, they stay clean and do not get gummy.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 11:39:04 AM

Be sure to get the unscented/unflavored ones.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 11:50:06 AM
This my first dog ever but I have never worried about occupying his time 24/7. Is my dog abnormal? I am home with him all day but in my office. He comes in to see me a few times a day for belly scritches but mostly he does his own thing. He likes to watch out the upstairs window and lets me know when anyone comes up to the house, he naps on his bed, he patrols the backyard a few times a day, we usually do obedience practice at lunch before he gets his treat, and he plays with the kids when they come home from school. I have never needed a thirty minute break from him. He was grown when we got him so maybe we just missed the time when he needed constant supervision.

And until this thread I had never heard of bully sticks. Maybe Santa will put some in his stocking this year.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 11:55:25 AM
our dogs all LOVE rawhide chews, and they get icky and slimy, but I just don't know if I could bring myself to give them these instead, loL! We also use chewies as a way to keep the dogs occupied (since Shelties are VERY people-oriented they're around us pretty much ALL the time), and I have also had that 'we just plopped our toddler in front of the television' feeling when I do it!

and he is such a cutie, Peabay!!

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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:00:47 PM
My mini schnauzer is and 'agressive chewer'. We had a large breed indestructable toy that he managed to tear apart in about 8 hours. So far his crack is large smoked beef femurs or beef knuckles. The worst part is that he tries to carry them around the house. We have some marks about 12 inches up the wall from his trying to balance the bone and get around corners. And I had to put a fluffy rug at the bottom of the stairs to the livingroom. He was having issues balancing at the top of the stairs and would often let it go. Boom, bang, crash, slide...it would roll down the stairs picking up momentum to slam the hardwood floor and the slide into the wall.

(I roll my eyes as I love the little pup so much he has me wrapped around his finger, er paw...)

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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:02:33 PM

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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:04:08 PM

He was grown when we got him so maybe we just missed the time when he needed constant supervision

McFly is only 4 months old and if we're not in the same area as him, he'll chew the furniture or jump up on the couch. I'm looking forward to the day when he's like your dog!


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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:14:32 PM
The name McFly made me LOL!

Ok, thanks for the link on the bully sticks...it sounds disgusting but I might have to get the doxies one to see if they like them.

chalk this thread up to another thing I learned on 2peas...


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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:24:10 PM
Wow, the things I learn from this place! Never heard of these things before.

So serious question, how do you get past knowing what your dog is chewing on? The 12 year old inside of me would be thinking, "He's chewing on a penis. A PENIS! Yuck! It's a PENIS!!"

This place would be a whole lot nicer if some took a chill pill. It would be even better if a few choked on it.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:38:54 PM
I don't worry about occupying my dogs' time either, but there are just times when you have to do something and that's when they choose to be clingy and give you the "I'm b.o.r.e.d." look that most kids master by age 10. And frankly, sometimes, I just feel like mine should be doing something OTHER than sleeping.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 12:47:10 PM
1) I love your baby!! So cute!!!
2) I love the name McFly! I can picture calling him from outside - "HELLLLOOO!!!!! MCFLLLLYYYY!!!!" LOL
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4) So glad I don't have a dog that enjoys bully sticks. I love on my neighbors dogs and then send them home LOL...


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Posted: 12/10/2012 1:09:13 PM
As the owner of a "busy" breed of dog (1-year old Decker terrier from ***gasp*** a breeder) I can attest to the joy of bully sticks. Stella gets lots of exercise, has a yard to play in and a cat to annoy and sometimes she still is a little too much. Bully sticks to the rescue! I'm totally putting them on dh's Costco list too.

P.S. I don't care what they are made of and I can't wait to see the look on dh and ds's faces when I tell them!

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Posted: 12/10/2012 1:16:35 PM
I'm going to have to get some of these for our dog. She's a very active breed and if she doesn't have something to do, she'll find something to do (so far she's chewed up part of the window ledge and the corner of our brand new coffee table when left to her own devices for too long).

We've been using rawhide chews so far and she loves them. Is there some reason she's not supposed to have them?


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Posted: 12/10/2012 1:24:47 PM
Your puppy is adorable!

Puppies need things to chew on. It's good for their teeth.

I give my dogs (Shih Tzu) bully sticks and they love them. They are not as crazy-obscessed with them as when we first bought them, but they still enjoy them.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 4:36:59 PM
Don't have a dog...
No idea what bully sticks were...
Got to the post explaining it...

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Posted: 12/9/2012 6:25:17 PM

I get the ones made from Beef Tendon but at 2.50 a pop they are expensive.

Ooh, that is. I paid 1.99 today. And I read you can get 20 for 20.00 at Costco, so I may swing by there tomorrow and get more.

But it'll just be an occasional treat. He's getting kind of Golem-ish "my precious" over it and it creeps me out.

ROFL, that describes Posh and her bully stick -- "my precious." The funniest thing to see is her chewing and chewing and then walking away for a few minutes and Buddy sneaking up and stealing it to chew the "softened" part. Then Posh will come back and look for it and start whining and searching all over for it only to "discover" Buddy with it. So a new one has to be put out for her to work on, hence my complaint of being expensive.

Also thanks for the info, I am going to buy a few from the place I get them (they locally source them) and then see about getting some less expensive ones from Amazon.com, they have the tendons on Prime.

As for pjaye's comment about buying from breeders, my furbabies are both "pure bred" but they are also rescues and I paid big bucks to the rescue for Posh as a "fee." Buddy was "free", just a little throw away Pommy who had been sold and returned because he was unable to breed, couldn't be shown because of a broken foreleg and it took having him neutered to relieve his constant infection which was expensive to treat as well as the final neutering.

His breeder gave him to my friend who saw him neglected in the backyard covered in dirt and matted and SHE gave him to me -- a sad little sack of unloved bones and fearful he would be dump yet again. I knew he was on the mend and it was "love" when he decided to pee on me when another puppy was visiting and it has been that way since. He is now a happy friendly little guy to all, "nurse" dog to other animals even the "dreaded cat" but his Mama is his true Human Love.

Posh, on the other hand, is a story of what is truly wrong with dog breeding for money, she was a Greyhound racer and because she wasn't a "winner" she was sent to a brood farm to start producing. She lived a hard life on the track (she has scars from fights on her body) and suffers still from acute anxiety (none of us are allowed to talk angry or use profanity less she gets upset and even saying "Little Fockers" makes her upset.) All of her siblings have gone over Rainbow Bridge (they were all rescued at the same time) but she is still going strong at nearly 13 years old, getting slower, going blind, and a little senile but a happy couch potato Queen of the house.

The funny thing is Posh was suppose to be my DH's dog and he was going to do all these neat things with her but when my DH went to find a rescue that would be Buddy's "friend" too, it was instant love at first sight for the two of them and Buddy has made all the difference for Posh. They became instant family but it took about 6 months until she decided we weren't going to ditch her and of course, my DH NEVER did any of the things he was gonna do with her which is quite fine with her.

Now, her "human love" is my Mother and when she comes to visit, Posh is never far from her side and runs to her first when she comes in from outside and becomes upset when my Mom slips out to pick up her Lotto tickets and doesn't tell her she is going and will be back. And when Posh gets to missing my Mom too much, we have to call so she can hear my Mom tell her that she will be here soon and how she is "Me-Maw's lovey good girl."

Anyway, the ONE THING pjaye is missing about our furbaby posts is that we LOVE them -- bought, rescued, pure bred, designer dog or just plain mutt-- and like Ouiser in Steel Magnolias all of us would gladly give them a kidney if they needed one.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 6:58:23 PM
Our trainer recommended them for our chocolate lab who loves to chew. We give her the 12" braided ones and she gets through them in about 45 minutes. I often look at the package where it says "long lasting" and think it must be sarcasm. She doesn't get them often due to the cost.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 7:57:52 PM
Because of this thread, I stopped by Petco on the way home and picked up 3 braided bully sticks for my three dogs. Sticks were gone within an hour. LOL Even my 9 month old kitten was interested.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 8:16:41 PM
Please read the packages and make sure they are NOT made in China.

My vet told us not to use rawhide or pigs' ears; I will have to ask her about Bully sticks next week when Boo Radley goes for his kennel cough shot. I have to kennel my baby for the first time...BOO HOO! I hope I survive.

BTW: another "designer" dog owner, although mine is a "real breed" ( english bull dog). But he wasn't rescue.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 8:21:05 PM
My Ridgie loves these. She will completely devour a 6 inch one in about 5 minutes. I guess she needs the long dongs.....

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