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Trying to figure out what kinds of bones are best for a Doberman. Raw hide or raw marrow and when is the best time to allow them to have it. My sister has a rottie and she waited til a year and said it depends on the jaw strength. Any suggestions would be great!

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Go to the butcher and ask for a leg bone to be cut through the middle length ways
(not like the picture above) .. straight down the center from knuckle to knuckle.

They will love you forever while they lick the marrow from the middle of the bone and nibble at the sinue and edges of the bone.

The marrow can be rich and cause some diahrea so dont give it to them too often.
Abby and Jeter were 7 months old i think in that photo

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Please don;t give rawhides to your dog.. many of them are cleaned with bleach prior to selling and they DO NOT digest very well. They tend to get slippery when wet and can easily be swallowed .. then they just sit in their tummies and can cause blockage.. and that's something you never want to see ... EVER.

We give our kids big knuckle bones. a lot like the ones Andrew showed above. Our vet said two a week for Sofia.. ( 9 years old) and one a week for Bella.. ( just turned 7 months)  When they get small enough to possibly get swallowed, take them away.. and Oh.. BTW  taking them away whilst they're chewing is a great idea.. let them know that it's YOU that's providing this uber wonderful treat. and that it's YOU who is in charge of taking it away.. food aggression can be a real deal and start young with them..

You can put the bones in the freezer to add longer entertainment and on a hot day.. it's like a wonderful pup-cycle.

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We bought some rawhide chew bones (the big hard ones shaped like a bone) for Bella .... they are fit only for burying and reburying.....

At age 1 we started feeding her raw beefback rib bones*** ( 1 daily) with the meat attached. We cut off the loose knuckle, and keep them in the freeezer. This is part of her diet, the rest of which is kibble and cooked chicken. ***Our friend who has alway had large dogs taught us this. 

 She looks forward to bone time every day, and sometimes buries them too. We keep an eye on her and take them away when they are clean.

They are cheap, easy to find and because of the ripping and tearing and all, her teeth are all pearly white and clean. The vet tech said her teeth are nice because of the raw bones. She has yet to need any teeth cleaning and is 2 1/2.

Cheers!

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since I have rescued elderly dogs already set in their ways and maybe not trained in "drop it" commands we have been unable to give bones that are real and raw due to the "aggression" factor in just walking by not to mention the need to pick it up after a while, and god forbid the blind chihuahua runs into the rottie with the yummy bone.......so for safety's sake we don't give anything too yummy - a puppy raised to drop it and not become obsessive would be fine but a note to all who are senior rescue adopters keep in mind your dog may not allow you to take something this desirable away.....and may snap at other critters as they get too close....

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My vet said that rawhide is so processed that it can be digested, and suggested no real bones because of the splintering factor. It's hard to know the right thing to do since even the professionals (vets) give differing opinions.

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my mom's dogs that used to get rawhide would throw them up so she moved to milkbones and that's all they get.....

splintering can happen and is most likely when bones are cooked but can happen with smaller bones and when the person doesn't know which bones to pick and feed so I stay away from that idea and the yummy things are too much of an obsession around here....

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As some of you know I feed my dobe raw which includes edible bones.

 

The advice I have been given is to feed any bones apart from beef. Beef bones are too hard and can crack a dogs teeth or wear it down to the dentine, particularly if you have an avid chewer. Bones from any other animal are fine as long as they are NOT cooked. Raw bones crumble rather than splinter. You do have to be careful of bones that have been cut by a butcher too rather than having their natural ends as these can be sharp. And be careful if you dog leaves a bone in the sun as this can cause the same effects as cooking.

 

Avoid duck/chicken wings if your dog is a gulper as they are boomerang shaped and can get stuck if they dont chew, and avoid oxtail because of the shape of the small bones also a choking hazard. My girl is a bit of a gulper and the other week swallowed a whole duck neck without chewing!! It came out the other end no problem, although now I hold the opposite end to what she is chewing to make sure she does chew some!

 

Agree with Lady Kate about rawhide, there are some really nasty byproducts in the making of them including bleach and formaldehyde and they are not very digestible and can get stuck! Unline real bone which is mostlydigestible (if you feed too much you will see your dog has white poop!) and a good source of calcium and phosphorous.

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I had totally forgot to follow my own post and just read these suggestions! Thanks so much! I was thinking that the butcher was the way to go, but I find it so hard to know for sure what is best. Jenson seems to be very sensitive to diet change so I'll definately wait a few more months before I introduce this tasty treat!

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We give raw beef bones with marrow from the butcher just long enough that he can get his tongue in through the sides to get out the marrow and gnaw on the outside, great for teeth cleaning according to our vet just take away after a few days or if they are a me to start cracking the bone (: