Dogs like to chew things. Like puppies, adult dogs also chew for comfort. They like to put just about anything in their mouths when they are roaming around on a walk or playing. Of course, if what they find is edible, even if it's in a trash can, they will find a way to get to it. They need to chew! It's their nature.
Chewing helps promote healthy teeth and gums. Using a good chew treat will help you care for your dogs' dental health. You can keep their teeth clean and their gums free of infections.
I found that deer and elk antlers are the best chews for dogs as they don't splinter, are fully digestible and have nutrients beneficial for dogs.
Antlers are full of calcium and phosphorus, they are naturally shed by deer and elk every year and are actually one of the fastest regrowing natural resources. Wild deer and elk shed their antlers once a year as part of a natural process, after which they re-grow another set, so no animal is harmed in collecting these chews for your dog either.
These are also wallet friendly as antlers last much longer than other chews, so while the individual chews cost a bit more than bully sticks, they will last for weeks and thus be cheaper in the long run.
My own dogs always have some available to chew when they like and it has a made a huge difference. I was about to take them for a teeth cleaning before I found these. Now all the tartar and plaque is gone from chewing on antlers - they really are nature's toothbrush.
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Ralf Weber is a certified dog trainer (IACP CDT, CDTA) and behaviorist. A professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and an AKC evaluator for Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine and Urban Canine certifications.