Dogs love to chew. Whether it be a wooden stick on a walk, their favorite toy, or the leg on your new sofa, pups just love sinking their pearly whites into a nice satisfactory chew session, no matter how old they are.
Chewing is a way for dogs to destress and get some of their energy out. Especially during the winter months, weather may be a limiting factor for some dog parents who typically bring their pups to the park or on a hike to tire them out. It’s just an overall great way to mentally stimulate dogs!
Teaching your pup to redirect energy into chewing early on is a great way to manage their energy levels. Just as the saying goes, “a tired dog is a happy dog.” Otherwise, you might end up with hilarious scenes like these!
That’s why the Benebone team has created a wide variety of chew toys made with real flavors like chicken, bacon, and peanut. Why chew on something with no flavor when it could taste like your favorite edible treat?
Another health benefit of chewing is cleaner teeth! Dog oral health is important — as pups age, they can develop many of the same dental issues humans can as tartar builds up on their teeth. Regular chewing can help to keep their teeth squeaky clean and prevent dental issues like gum disease.
As with any dog chew, there are things to pay attention to when keeping your pup’s health and safety in mind.
1. Monitor your dog’s chewing strength
Chewing too hard can cause fractures in your dog’s teeth that could result in costly dental procedures. Even if your dog is chewing something softer like a bully stick, there is always a risk of tooth fractures! If your pup is getting too riled up and chewing very aggressively, you can take the chew away for a few minutes and then give it back. It’s important to monitor their chewing behavior closely for safety reasons!
2. Pay attention to chew toy sizing and durability
Make sure you’re purchasing the right types of chew toys for the strength of chewer you have. Puppies tend to have a weaker chew and need softer toys because of their itty bitty baby teeth. Benebone has a line of softer chews made especially for pups and gentle chewers.
Sizing is also incredibly important! Pay attention to the instructions on each chew toy and make sure you’re buying the right sized Benebone for your dog to minimize risk of choking.
When in doubt, or when your dog’s weight is right on the fence, we recommend picking the larger size to be safe.
3. Decide on a chew schedule
How often are you going to give your dog a chew? Edible or non edible? Edible chews like bully sticks are great because they are softer and easier on the gums, but too many at once can also throw your pup’s digestive system out of wack.
Edible treats also add calories to your dog’s daily intake, so if they’re on a diet, that’s always something to consider!
4. Inspect your dog’s teeth & take them to regular dentist check ups
Teach your dog to be comfortable with people touching their mouths and checking out their pearly whites. A doggy dentist can take a look at your dog’s mouth every 6-12 months and let you know if there are any issues to pay attention to. Minor fractures are probably very likely if your dog is chewing regularly.
The tricky part as a dog owner is finding the balance that’s right for your dog and their chewing style. Dental health and giving your pup enough things to do are both very important, but there are risks to regular chewing to pay attention to!
Let us know if you have any other questions about dog chews + safety in the comments.
Check out this video on Benebone wear & tear for more safety tips pertaining to our line of bacon-y delicious chew toys!