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Old 11-21-2012, 06:26 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Amazing pics! Question- at what age could your chew through ribs? We bought Buddha some over the weekend and he would only chew to the bone (get all the meat off untill it was clean) and then he wasn't interested. He is only 6 months.
I haven't fed ribs yet so I can't answer this for you.

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I accidentally deleted the pic of her actually eating it... But this is Lilys first raw bone-
I started her on chicken and she is loving it. Attachment 21805
Glad she likes it!
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:27 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Kari you were right! Abby ate a whole chicken leg tonight with no problems at all!

Here's a video!
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:37 PM   #23 (permalink)
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She did a good job on that. Loved how Logan kept coming over as to say...can you pass me some through the bars?? LOL
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:41 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Yeah, he's a little stinker. I'll have to video him eating a chicken leg. At nights he gets a boneless meal now so it takes him a minute or two to eat it. Then he hovers around Abby as she eats. She's good at tuning him out though!
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Wow, I can't believe how fast that last part went down lol. I want to feed my dogs like this, I imagine it's much cheaper. I have them on healthy paws right now, which costs about $180 for the month.. for one dog really, my little one only get 3.5 oz twice a day. I'll be at $400 a month when I get my puppy... I'm just still nervous on them eating the bones like that... Any suggestions on baby steps?? Healthy paws is raw so I'm fine with raw food... mines just really ground out...

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:33 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Yeah she surprised me by swallowing that big piece, but she got it right down and it stayed down. She's been fine all night. Guess it's what dogs are really intended to do!

As for feeding that you're feeding, it would definitely save you money by buying "real" meats to use. Other than holding the food for them to eat out of your hand I don't think there really is a way to go baby steps. If you give bones to small it could be a choking hazard, but if you feed something to big for them to swallow hole they'll have no choice really but to learn how to chew it.

I was very nervous with Logan. I mean my stomach was kind of in knots the whole day until I got home to give him his first chicken leg. When I got home I didn't think about it. I just got it out of the refrigerator and gave it to Logan. He picked it up right away and was a thorough chewer! I've yet to have any problems.

If it'll make you feel more comfortable just keep watching videos and reading things to work up the nerve to do it.
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I was just reading a raw food thread. I think I'll try Nikki with chicken necks and spines and see how she does. I'm probably over nervous with her... The day after I got her we were in emergency because she started chocking on her food... she was eating and not swallowing so it built up in her throat! Luckily I'm not far from there and she was ok. After that I hand fed her for a while to make sure everything was going down before she added more into her mouth. She had a couple incidents after the first one but ones she was able to clear on her own. And water.. still!! If she drinks too fast she chokes on it!! I just gave them ducks feet and she was ok. I bought them on the weekend at the place I buy my raw. The first one she was gaggy and I was ready to jump in but she was fine and now she's ok with them. They're not raw, they're a crunchy thing.. I'm sure I'm being an over protective mum.....

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Amazing pics! Question- at what age could your chew through ribs? We bought Buddha some over the weekend and he would only chew to the bone (get all the meat off untill it was clean) and then he wasn't interested. He is only 6 months.
Six months is a little early to chew through pork bones. I would say by a year her should have no problem.
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I would start with whole legs, skin removed and not necks. Necks are small and the perfect diameter to choke on. You want them to learn that they have to chew.


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I was just reading a raw food thread. I think I'll try Nikki with chicken necks and spines and see how she does. I'm probably over nervous with her... The day after I got her we were in emergency because she started chocking on her food... she was eating and not swallowing so it built up in her throat! Luckily I'm not far from there and she was ok. After that I hand fed her for a while to make sure everything was going down before she added more into her mouth. She had a couple incidents after the first one but ones she was able to clear on her own. And water.. still!! If she drinks too fast she chokes on it!! I just gave them ducks feet and she was ok. I bought them on the weekend at the place I buy my raw. The first one she was gaggy and I was ready to jump in but she was fine and now she's ok with them. They're not raw, they're a crunchy thing.. I'm sure I'm being an over protective mum.....

Thank you for sharing your video!
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I told ya she would be fine I have seen mine meticulously disassemble large chunks of meat with bone. A little chicken leg is nothin, even for a 5 mth old puppy!
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