How old should a dog be to have a bone? A Step-by-Step Guide

What Age Can Puppies Have Rawhide

When your pup finishes teething at around 6 months, he can have rawhide. This lessens the risk of cracked or broken teeth. Finding the best specific age to feed rawhide depends on you and your pup. Beware of your puppy tearing off pieces of rawhide and ingesting them, which can disturb digestion if the pieces are large enough.

How old should a dog be to have a bone?

There are risks associated with antlers, especially deer antlers, being too hard for puppies to chew on without breaking their teeth. Technically puppies can chew on antlers, but it may not be a good idea. Since puppies are more delicate than fully-grown dogs, antlers are usually not recommended for them.

What kind of bones are safe for puppies?

Choosing a raw bone for your dog

These include: Pork bones, which easily splinter and crack. Rib bones of any kind, which are small and likely to crack or get stuck in your dog’s throat. Any bone smaller than your dog’s mouth that they may swallow whole.

Physical Benefits Of Chewing A Bone

Potato chips have different textures – they must work like a toothbrush, right? Of course, I’m being cynical … but many dry pet food labels claim to clean pets’ teeth.

In my experience as a veterinary technician, dry food results in plaque! But chewing on bones really does help clean dogs’ teeth. And for puppies, bones can aid the teething process, including loosening baby teeth.

The exercise your dog gets while working on a bone helps stretch and tone muscles, tendons and ligaments from her jaw all the way to her tail.

We enjoy watching our dogs’ acrobatics while they’re devouring a bone. They turn their heads from side to side and do lunges, flexing their legs and hips. They work on improving the dexterity of their paws. And they use their dewclaws to clasp onto ragged edges.

These movements can even help prevent future injuries. Canine cruciate ligament, hip, elbow and back injuries or diseases often involve surgery. And many weeks of rehabilitation. It’s a long process because ligaments get limited blood supply.

So why not strengthen these parts before a problem arises? Bone chewing gives puppies valuable non-weight bearing joint exercise.

Appropriate exercise in growing puppies is important. You want to save those long walks and high jumps for adulthood. Start with short walks for leash training and normal puppy playtime exercise, with plenty of rest and bone chewing in between.

This physical exercise gets rid of pent-up energy so your pup is less likely to misbehave.

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I’ve talked to many puppy owners lately who complain of hyper and unruly behaviors. Often the conversation includes stories of all the things the puppy has chewed.

In contrast, my husband and I have a lovely puppy who doesn’t chew on things she shouldn’t. She gets many compliments on her mature demeanor. I can say the same about the puppy we raised before her.

I can give credit to both their breeders for superb pedigrees. But another significant difference is a raw diet that includes recreational bones for puppies.