Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

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Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by MinneapolisMatt » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:30 pm

Just curious what you guys use as chews for your pups. My lab is an very powerful chewer, so most edibles are not an option, and I don't use rawhide. I have a non-edible nylabone that he isn't very interested in. What is working best are cow tendons, but he goes through 1-2 a week at about $8 each.

I've also heard it's a bad idea to give a hard chew to a 4 month old pup, but I don't see any other options. I tried a frozed washcloth (as recommended), but after about two minutes he starts breaking pieces off of it.

Any input is much appreciated.

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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by reel_time » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:37 pm

My pup likes old socks, tied in knots. Those are the only things she gets to chew. We had a square stuffed fuzzy dice that she also liked. My son also gave her one of his shin guards from soccer. She really likes that too.

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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by Sharon » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:39 pm

small/large kong - probably teething now
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Post by Cajun Casey » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:39 pm

Elk antlers. There are several online sources.
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Post by birddog1968 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:48 pm

kongs are great, especially the ones you can push a milkbone in ....
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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by ROTTnBRITT » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:51 pm

Another good use of the kong is to fill it with canned dog food and freeze it. Keeps them busy for a few hours

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Post by Scott Linden » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:09 pm

If he's a hard chewer, invest in a "Goughnut," available online. Indestructible.
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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by mountaindogs » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:27 pm

Freeze 1:4 broth to water in bread pan or pie tin. Should be 2" thick or more. Put a handful of dog food in for good measure. Remove from tin by runni g hot water over upside down pan/tin. Supervise but should help calm urge and is cheap.

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Post by northern cajun » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:43 pm

kongs
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Post by DougB » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:44 am

My dog always seemed to prefer my wifes tennis shoes, Redwing work boots, and coffee tables, washed down with Sam Adams beer.
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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by JIM K » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:02 pm

medium kong toy,synthetic deer antlers and raw marrow bone from grocery store.
i use all 3.

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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by Fester » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:23 pm

I had one eat the runner off an Ethan Allen rocker

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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by AzDoggin » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:40 pm

Fester wrote:I had one eat the runner off an Ethan Allen rocker
I've sanded several teeth marks out of furniture. A little plastic wood, light stain, spit polish and you are good to go! :D

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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by MinneapolisMatt » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:56 pm

Thank you all for the input.

Is there any reason to avoid hard chews during the teething process?

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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by cptn » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:12 am

Antlers or the big black tire Kong.
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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by jwnissen » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:28 pm

Just bought my GSP on of these and she has yet to destroy it!! It keeps her busy for hours. I wish I would have run across this a year ago.

http://www.petco.com/product/108754/Sta ... -Dogs.aspx

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Re: Chewing options for a 4 month old lab

Post by MinneapolisMatt » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:54 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. Rush is enjoying his GOghnut as well as his black kong. I will start introducing antlers in a month or so when he's done teething.

Here are a couple pictures of him with the Goghnut if anyone is interested.
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