Give The Dog A Bone

Can I really give my dog a bone?

Yes, you can. And you should consider it. But it’s a decision only you can make for yourself and your pet. Intention and Energy play a role in everything we do.

Many people are very uncomfortable with this and see only the risks. We have learned most of our entire lives bones are bad for dogs. But they really have so many benefits and risks can be minimized.

 Bones offer a source of natural calcium, minerals, collagen and glucosamine. Bone marrow is a rich source of micronutrients Bones help fill a psychological emotional needs for all carnivores Bones help your dog move into a parasympathetic mode after they have eat their meal , where they rest and digest their foods. Sympathetic overload is an an anxious and stressed out dog. Bones reduce stress. Bones clean teeth!

Many people get nervous about feeding bones. But this is what your dogs are designed for. Some dog’s won’t even know how to eat them initially.

But you can actually teach your dog to eat them. Easy bones to start with would include Beef Rib or Pork Ribs – where you hold the bone with a gloved hand and teach them to gnaw and to relinquish the bone to you when asked. So that as the bone becomes “small” you can take small pieces away. You can move your way to chicken or turkey wings, necks and legs — even whole birds and rabbits.

 Fresh butcher bones are better than frozen when it comes to splintering risks. The younger the bone the better — but we don’t always know that at the grocer’s.

 Pick a bone bigger than your dog’s mouth! And take it away when it starts getting small.

 We can disinfect bones in the same way we use Thieves Veggie Wash! Even ACV can be useful to soak bones for a few minutes before feeding can be helpful.

Control where your dog has access to bones in multi-dog households. Make it a special occasion with rules & approved spots to enjoy.

 You can refrigerate any uneaten bone for a day or 2 and then give it back.

Never feed cooked bones left from your meals. (Making a bone broth or even a pulverized bone paste is ok)

Let me know what you decide and if you use them, share your experiences.

Watch for a video on introducing bones to your dog coming soon.

Questions welcome.

Raw Bones only. Never cooked bones (Unless you have cooked them too absolute mush and pulverized them – but that’s a different goal)

Dana Brigman