As much as we love our dogs and try to provide a loving environment for them, most dogs suffer from boredom. This often makes meal time the highlight of the dog’s day, but with many dogs, meals last only seconds then it’s back to looking for something to do.
One way you can help your dog fight boredom is to provide him with a recreational bone every now and again. Bones are not only a healthy snack for dogs, but they are great entertainment. For a dog, ripping into a nice bone is the same as us relaxing with an interesting book: it’s a relaxing way to spend some time.
The type of bone you choose will depend largely on your dog’s size and chewing habits. When choosing a recreational bone for your dog, consider the following. All bones should be raw, never cooked.
Types of Bones
There are two types of bones: long bones and flat bones. Long bones are the bones that are normally found in the legs and wings of animals. These bones are made for weight bearing and subsequently have a hard, smooth surface and a center filled with loads of marrow. The ends of these bones are soft and cartilagenous.
Flat bones are the bones found in the spinal column, ribs, pelvis and shoulder. They are softer than long bones and don’t contain as much marrow. They also have more convoluted surfaces.
Sources Of Bones
The size of the animal (and the dog) determines how edible the bone is. In general, recreational bones are an addition to a balanced diet so the dog shouldn’t be consuming the entire bone (that would be a boney meal). Bones from cows, moose and other large animals are generally good for large, aggressive chewers and most dogs would be able to strip the meat off but not consume the entire bone. Bones from smaller animals such as deer, goats, pigs and lamb can be consumed by larger dogs but not by smaller breeds. Poultry bones are mostly edible for all sizes of dogs.
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