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    I am as per usual opposite LOL...........Give the "dog a bone" is my motto. And large bones for small dogs is even better, because they cannot even splinter them. I have huge dogs with jaws of steel. they get daily bones. And because they get daily bones from as ealty an age as possible, they are totally used to them and cope with them. Dogs that get the occasional bone go frantic with them. that is why I supervise my new resues, once they realise they will get another they settle. I like brisket bones for large puppies, because they are soft, not really bone, but cartilage. That is also how i start my new rescues. There-after I prefer non-weightbearing bones for my giants, but I will use them if that is all I can get. I just take them away after one day........Mind you Lukey can demolish one in a day. I agree too much marrow can be a problem(flatulence ), but your little one could never get to is.
    My Breeder starts all her puppies on bones at 4 weeks......We also feed RAW, only use dry food when we are travelling. I never seem to have poop issues.

    Congratulations on your puppy
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    I started Frosty on bones from when I got her (10 weeks) but by the time she got to 6 months, or when all her baby teeth were gone (I forget how old she was, all I remember is collecting them one by one in my bare feet), she was breaking up the bones, and that's when my problems started. So I stopped feeding them to her.

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    Its really up to you, I think if you feed bones stick to the softer briskit types, no dogs I have had have actually eaten the hard middle part of marrow bones, but just tended to chew on the knuckle which is mostly cartilage and lick out the marrow since the bone was split in half, although My old dog who is now passed did get constipated a few times after eating marrow bones. Talk about shitting a brick lol. Poor fella should have drunk more water.

    Teeth cleaning with things like denta stix/ greenies etc are an alternative to bones not sure about there composition though, maybe heaps of preservatives and grains in them which could lead to allergies, but I don't really know about that.

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    First things first though. Feed the pup a while on what it is used to eating then implement any changes slowly.
    I agree it depends on the dog whether to feed bones or not.
    I have been researching myself blind on diets these last few days.

    There are valid fors and againsts for all of them whether kibble, raw, BARF cooked, prey model so all of it just boils down to what you wish to feed and if they do well on it.
    All my dogs all my life have had bones with no problem whatsoever (touch wood) but many do.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    So, for such a small pup, what exactly should I ask Mr Butcher for? I'm not good with meat parts! Generally I avoid meats with bones in them for myself, because they freak me out (I dunno why, I'm just odd)

    Brisket - is that beef?

    My local supermarket sells big bags of bones for dogs, but none of it looks very fresh. Chicken wings and legs probably too small? Turkey?

    Another stupid question - what is a knuckle?

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    Araisis, congratulations on your new puppy to the new littlie, and we will be waiting for the pics.

    I met an adorable little chi x foxie at the park today....was a real little sweetheart, full of gusto and definatley not worried at all about the big dogs. Sometimes i dont think they actually realize how small they are
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    The briskit isn't actually a 'bone' per say but is what connects the two sides of the ribs. so is mostly cartilage with a bit of rib. the butcher will know it as a briskit or briskit bone, it doesn't really matter what it is called.
    Beau.

    ETA: the knuckle is probably just what I call it, it's the end parts of the 'marrow bone' ( the joint like a knee and ankle) which is either the cows shin or it's femur depending on its size and the butcher.
    ~B~
    Last edited by Beau; 06-20-2012 at 04:34 PM.

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    our dog eats lots of bones- completely unfussed as to what type.
    Chook necks, beef soup bones from supermarket, marrow bones sliced anywhich way, roo tail is a big fav- whatever I am able to pick up this week.

    Dried bones/pig ears/snouts, roo lumbars are also well loved...

    Hes a beagle- he will eat anything without any problem (he is 8 yrs old).

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    My small breed dogs and puppies get chicken necks (chopped into two or three pieces for the puppies) a couple of times a week. For larger fosters I give them chicken carcasses. The entire bone is swallowed.

    Every now and again I will be lucky enough to get a roo tail. I skin that and chop in between each vertebra and give them to the dogs to chomp on. I find the cleaned vertebrae in their bedding when I change it LOL!!

    I find marrow bones too rich, but occassionally I will get split shins, scrape out the bulk of the marrow and give them one each. They have to be supervised though because everyone else's bone tastes better of course and WWIII can break out....

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    Lol RP. My Luna was the kind of dog that would always try steal other dogs' bones. She wouldn't fight over them, but if I left her outside with her JRT friend with bones and went back to check a bit later, she'd be standing over both bones and giving the JRT the evil eye.

    Now Banjo is the kind of dog who will let another dog steal her bone from under her nose without defending it.

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