Choosing the right dog bone

Whether you have a brand new puppy or a loyal senior dog, it is very important to provide him with the right bone.  Not only are bones a blast, but they also provide many important benefits for your companion.  Bones are a great way to support dental health by helping to scrape away plaque, control tartar buildup, and maintain gum health. This diminishes bad breath, keeps teeth whiter, and reduces the risk of potentially serious dental problems.  Bones also stimulate the mind.  This entertainment is especially important for older dogs who may not be as active.  Bones can also help deter destructive behavior in dogs of all ages.  They relieve the pain of teething in puppies and stimulate the growth of adult teeth.  Choose a bone that matches your dog’s chewing rate and chewing habits. If your dog chews for short periods of time with a soft bite, a smaller bone that softens easily will be enjoyable. Harder bones such as natural bones will last longer and be more satisfying to the aggressive chewer. Keep in mind that dogs may be choosy about their bones. If at first you don’t succeed, try other bones until you find the perfect one. Your dog will thank you with a healthy mouth, constructive chewing behavior, and near constant interest in the bone you’ve chosen.  A dog walk would not hurt either!

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