Safe and appropriate chew items are one of the easiest and quickest ways to keep our puppies and dogs happy and safely occupied. Chewing is a natural behaviour for dogs so should be considered an essential element of their daily enrichment opportunities. In this blog, I’ll explore the numerous advantages of providing long-lasting chews to puppies and dogs.
Well-being and Stress Relief
Chewing is a natural, instinctive behaviour for dogs. Long-lasting chews provide an outlet for their natural urge to chew and offer a form of both physical and mental stimulation.
The act of chewing also releases endorphins, which in turn promote relaxation and can also help to alleviate stress and anxiety.
The provision of appropriate chew items can be particularly beneficial for puppies going through the teething phase, giving them options for self-soothing and helping to cope with sore gums, as well as being a great way to help them learn how to settle.
Boredom Buster and Behavioural Improvement
Dogs need mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and content. Long-lasting chews are a great boredom buster, keeping dogs occupied and entertained for extended periods. Chewing can help alleviate behavioural problems caused by boredom, such as excessive barking or digging by providing an appropriate outlet for their energy.
Long lasting chews help puppies learn what they are allowed to chew on, and helps prevent them learning to chew the things you don’t want them too, like your slippers or table legs.
Obesity is in the top three most common health problems in dogs causing all sorts of health issues, and decreasing life span. Long-lasting chews can be a valuable tool in managing your pet’s weight. Many of the chew options are low in calories and provide extended periods of chewing satisfaction, effectively reducing their desire for additional treats or excessive food consumption. By incorporating long-lasting chews into your pet’s routine, you can help them maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of obesity-related complications.
Dental Health Promotion
Long-lasting chews act as natural toothbrushes, helping to scrape away plaque and tartar build-up. The gnawing action also stimulates saliva production. Saliva, with its natural enzymes, aids in breaking down bacteria and preventing the formation of dental issues such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Regular use of long-lasting chews can help reduce the risk of dental problems, leading to healthier teeth and gums.
Healthy Jaws and Strong Muscles
The act of chewing on long-lasting chews strengthens the jaw muscles and exercises the neck and shoulder muscles. This exercise not only contributes to improved jaw functionality but also helps to prevent muscular atrophy. Additionally, the mechanical action of gnawing on chews stimulates blood circulation, promoting healthier gums and overall oral health.
Long-lasting chews provide many benefits for puppies and dogs, contributing to their overall health and well-being.
Remember to choose high-quality natural chews appropriate for your dog’s age, size and chewing habits, and always supervise them during chewing sessions.
If you would like a list of recommended safe, healthy and age appropriate chew items, click here for my list of recommendations.