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Where to feed bones?

I would like to offer the pups a raw chicken wing or neck a couple times a week, however, I don’t want them dragging raw chicken all around the house. How do you guys offer this treat to your dogs? If you have more than one dog how to you Lee them from gulping down the bone and then trying to take another’s bone? Do you offer the raw meaty bone in place of or in addition to their meal?


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I gave Kozmo the primal raw bones that they sell frozen. I didn't think to limit his time with the treat and he got the runs from the rich marrow. So, it was a messy treat in more ways than one. He and the collies had the bones in my daughter's fenced yard.

I suggest, if you have one, you in a lawn chair watching your watch while watching your doggie 'get primitive' within a fenced yard.

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Sounds sooo intimidating! I brush their teeth each day but was thinking that if I could find a way to give them a chicken neck or wing to chew that it might clean their teeth even more. But I don’t know how much mess I am willing to handle.


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Bingo and Mitzi are raw fed and get meaty bones twice a day with their meals. Chicken and duck feet, wing tips, turkey and chicken necks. They basically crunch their portions up within seconds to, maybe, a minute. Mitzi (the MinPin) stands at her dish and eats them, and Bingo carries his to his cushion on the floor to eat, however, he holds the piece in his mouth the whole time.

I also give them harder bones occasionally like pork ribs or beef leg bones that I’ve sawed into small half-rounds, which they gnaw on during the day, either outside or in the kitchen. TBH I don’t fuss too much over raw bones, sometimes they eat them on the area rug and they are left lying around on the floor. I clean the floors weekly and wash the rug once a month.

Mitzi and Bingo are the 4th and 5th dogs I have raised on prey model raw and their teeth are perfect (Mitzi is 8 yrs old), with no extra brushing and never going to a vet for a ‘dental’. My other dogs from years past were all Chihuahuas with the same great teeth, despite poor breeding and, well, being Chihuahuas!


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Thanks cishepherd. When you started feeding your pups raw bones, what did you start with? Did you just hand the bone to them or hold part of it until they got the hang of crunching them up instead of gulping them down?


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Bingo started on a single chicken toe when he was 7 weeks old. I get these feet at a grocery that specializes in Asian cuisine. A chicken wing tip would be similar, though slightly bigger. I was able to get his breeder to agree to letting me start him on raw food while still nursing.

Even at that age they learn how to chew on the bones without any help. Now he can eat larger pieces, but that would be too much bone for his diet - I get pre-ground meat, with bone and organs already in it, from a local producer, so he still only gets a few toes, a chunk of leg or a 1” length of neck each day. I’ve never had a problem with a dog swallowing a bone whole - they seem to like to chew them. In fact, Mitzi picks hers out of her dish, puts them aside and then eats them after she licks her bowl - saving the best for last . Bingo eats his first!


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Ok I will give it a try this weekend and see how it goes.


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I am glad to hear people are giving chicken feet with success. So far mine can each chicken/duck necks and pork neck bones. But I am concern about chicken feet's one longer bone.

I'll try that sometime now.

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Where to feed bones? Update

So I offered Leo and Rex the “drum stick” portion of a raw chicken wing yesterday morning. Leo promptly set about the business of crunching it up as if he had eaten a raw chicken wing every day of his life! Rex, our truly froufrou doggie, delicately attempted to nibble at the skin then meat. He kept looking st me as if to say “Mom, help me here!” I took a meat mallet to it but the bone seem to break into pieces the were pointy and sharp. I picked those out and let Rex try again but he still couldn’t work his way through it. I gave it to Becca, our larger dog, who knew exactly what it was for- chomp, chomp gone!


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