Chewing

A puppy laying on a grey rug, chewing on a colourful dog toy.

Chewing – this will be a life-saver for you as it can keep your puppy occupied, tire them out, reduce frustration, AND relieve teething discomfort. 

You might find that at this time, your puppy is choosing to chew everything you’d rather they not chew – you, your kids, your shoes, the stairs, the baseboard, the living room rug, the table legs. This means they do not have an effective solution and you need to come up with one now! 

Here are some ideas: 

Good Ideas

  • Bully sticks
  • Dried tendons
  • Raw non-weight bearing bones (beef ribs, beef neck)
  • Raw knuckles of knuckle bones (without the long part)
  • Raw ox or pig tails
  • Frozen chicken necks (skinless)
  • Washcloth dipped in broth and frozen
  • Organic cotton rope toy (you can also soak in broth and freeze!) 
  • Dried lamb, rabbit, cow ears (no pigs’ ears – too fatty for puppies) from hormone-free animals
  • Raw chicken feet
  • Frozen (or not) whole carrot, parsnip, peeled banana, sweet pepper (no seeds), asparagus, broccoli, green beans, cored apple, pear, melon (no rind), 
  • Dehydrated sweet potato and other dog-safe fruits
  • Dried tripe strips (stinky!!)
  • Stuffed, frozen food toys (see recipes here)

Bad Ideas

  • Rawhide
  • Nylabones
  • Marrow bones
  • Cooked bones
  • Smoked bones
  • Cow hooves
  • Antlers
  • Dollarstore toys/ropes
  • Human limbs
  • Shoes
  • Stairs
  • Baseboards
  • Rugs
  • Table/chair legs
  • Funnybones. 😉 

Never leave your puppy unattended with a new chew or one that may break off and cause a bowel obstruction or become a choking hazard. 

Watch your pup carefully and see what they tend to do. If you have a gulper, you might need to invest in a pair of locking pliers (vise-grip) to attach to one end so that they cannot work their way down to a gulp-able nub.

Always trade off a chew-nub with a few VERY tasty treats so that you’re not always the thief! 

Do you have a chewer? Here are my favourite brands for chew toys:

BIG thanks to Sabine Contreras of Better Dog Care for her help and creativity with these ideas. Need help with your dog’s diet? Get in touch with her and let her know we sent you!