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    Default does anyone have a dog fussy with bones?

    so i guess i wrongly assumed that all dogs would enjoy gnawing on a bone. Nash just requires SO much prompting to take notice of bones. I have varied the size, the type, offered them cold and warm, tried giving them to him in and outdoors, some with lots of meat still on, some stripped. I have to tease him with it as if it were a toy and finally he MAY get into it and actually eat it, most times he completely ignores them and i just throw them away. I never offer them after a meal so it's not that he's full. And yet, he will demolish a dried turkey neck with gusto. How healthy are the dried products?

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    I personally think dried and smoked bones are the same as cooked.....Dangerous, they splinter just like cooked bones do. have you tried making the bone the meal of the day.

    Some of our Rescues have taken some time to get used to the idea of bones, lukey our last Rescue newfie was one of those. But he now loves his bones. meaty bones are what i would prefer.
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    hmmm good point, i guess i didn't think of the dried bones being like the cooked ones....duh. I'm tempted to say that good quality pet stores sell them but then, they sell Pal and Chum too!!

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    Carl is a bit fussy when it comes to bones. Sometimes he'll eat them; sometimes he won't. I have to choose my battles. I usually fast him in the morning and offer him the bone at night. If he refuses, I take it away, and try the same thing again the next day. If he refuses again, I just give it to one of the other dogs. Carl really prefers dried bones as well - roo tail bones, to be precise - and he gets one every couple of weeks or so. Occasionally he'll eat a raw roo tail bone or lamb brisket bone, but it really depends... he's not really a food-oriented dog. Some of them are just like that, unfortunately. Even if I turn it into a game or the other dogs hang around, he'll guard it but sometimes won't eat.

    I don't see anything wrong with giving dried bones as long as you supervise! Carl loves his and he's very careful about how he eats them, so I don't worry.

    EDIT: I don't make a big deal out of Carl not wanting bones a whole lot; he has a dental once every couple of years to keep his teeth in great shape, though they're pretty good anyway.


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    You could provide some competition for the bone. My dog likes anything I eat - because I'm eating it. So you could get the bone out and pretend to eat it in front of your dog and then put it back in the fridge a couple of times and only give it to your dog if he seems excited about it. Sometimes a little bit of salt helps - cos they like salt.

    My dog can't have bones, because they come back to haunt us at both ends and it's extremely unpleasant. Doesn't matter what sort. Have occasionally got away with a beef neck bone but I don't like to risk it these days. I give her carrots, dentastix, and dried roo strips instead.

    I don't mind the dried bits of roo that don't have bone in them. It's like beef jerky. But unfortunately while some dogs will savour the thing for ages, she will demolish one inside five minutes. But it's a joyful five minutes. So she will get one tomorrow and usually gets one if I have to go and leave her for a while.

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    yeah I tried the pretending to eat it first before giving it to him. Doesn't seem to make much of a difference to him.
    Oh well, I guess bones are the dog version of salad for him - not the most fun thing to eat but you know you have to have it occasionally

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