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Does anyone have chew toys or treats they recommend. My daughter, Maccabee and I met with the vet-behaviorist last week. She observed that Maccabee calmed down tremendously when he was chewing. She recommended always having something available for him to chew on. I mentioned that he loves Himalayan Chews and she said those are great (even with his restricted diet), but they are too expensive to keep him supplied with them at all times. Plus, they have too much protein for him to constantly be chewing on one. She agreed that Greenies and similar products are not good.

I'm going to get a couple Kongs for aggressive chewers (Maccabee eats toys) and fill those with some of his food and his favorite veggies, and toss them in the freezer.

Any other suggestions? Are Nylabones okay, or are they similar to Greenies?

The vet-behaviorist added an additional medication and said we should see some results in 4-6 weeks. At that time, we will start seriously working on training again. She knows the trainer we used previously and she looked at the written training plan. She said it is an excellent plan, but poor Macc is so anxious and agitated he could not concentrate to learn.

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Laurie, I am not big on treats, but when I do give them is usually Freeze dried chicken and turkey hearts.
I have heard of people giving Freeze dried trachea as well, but I find it smelly so I don't even buy it.

Not sure how any of that would work since he is on a restricted diet. Is a bit dry so as soon as Bumi eats a treat, he drinks water. Toby used to throw up anytime he ate one (He used to swallow them whole so he could go an eat Bumi's).

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My dog goes nuts for bully sticks. He likes lots of other things as well, cow ears, (low in fat and calories), and moose antler, to name a few, but bully sticks are definitely his fave. Probably because they stink so much. I don't recall if Maccabee can have beef, though.


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Laurie, I am not big on treats, but when I do give them is usually Freeze dried chicken and turkey hearts.
I have heard of people giving Freeze dried trachea as well, but I find it smelly so I don't even buy it.

Not sure how any of that would work since he is on a restricted diet. Is a bit dry so as soon as Bumi eats a treat, he drinks water. Toby used to throw up anytime he ate one (He used to swallow them whole so he could go an eat Bumi's).
Freeze dried meat and/or organs are not good for Maccabee. Even though his liver shunt was repaired and the liver is great at regenerating, both Maccabee's regular vet and the behaviorist (who is also a vet) agreed that he should stay on a low protein diet. Plus, I'm looking for something long-lasting, that he can gnaw on for an extended period.

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I have antlers and nylabones around the floor at all times. I think you have to know your dogs chewing style. I think really hard chewers can break their teeth on these but my three tend to do ok. Leo LOVES Himalayan Chews but I save those for when he goes to work with me.


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Cow hooves are very long lasting





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Rory's favorite toy

This "IQ Treat Ball" keeps Rory entertained and challenges her mentally. The dog has to roll it with some determination to get it to drop out a treat or piece of kibble, which of course encourages them to continue.



They're available everywhere. I bought Rory's from Amazon.
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Charlie loves the n-bone products. They are hard to find but can be ordered online. When I do find them I stock up on all shapes and flavors. For a 13lb year and half dog he can chew anything to pieces, so I look for chews that are digestible and will last. Problem is if the chew is to hard he loses interest.

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Scout and Truffles love bully sticks. I buy the odor free ones.
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Colbie had issues with the nylabones and they were making her vomit. She currently chews on moose antlers which are very hard and long lasting. She doesn't really bite down on the but more just scrapes the ends. She use to get himalayan chews which she loves but she starting biting down hard on them and she was able to chew off sharp pieces which I was concerned about.
To give you an example of how long the antlers last, she got one for Christmas and she hasn't chewed more then 10% of it.

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