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New Crocheted and Boiled Wool Toys from Ware of the Dog

New Crocheted and Boiled Wool Toys from Ware of the Dog

New Crocheted and Boiled Wool Toys from Ware of the Dog

It’s been a hot minute since we checked out what’s new with Ware of the Dog and it looks like they’ve been busy adding to their collection of clever dog toys! The latest designs focus on “classic” food items like baked potatoes, steak, grapes, and even bagels with cream cheese. Whether you opt for the crocheted variety with a squeaker or the boiled wool, your pup is sure to love these fair-trade toys! Shop the complete collection at www.wareofthedog.com, where there are loads of fun toys to choose from.

New Crocheted and Boiled Wool Toys from Ware of the Dog

New Crocheted and Boiled Wool Toys from Ware of the Dog

New Crocheted and Boiled Wool Toys from Ware of the Dog

New Crocheted and Boiled Wool Toys from Ware of the Dog


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Can Dog Treats Expire?

Can Dog Treats Expire?

All things expire, even dog treats. That’s definitely not what your pup wants to hear, but it’s true. Dog treats have a long shelf-life, but they’re still food made of perishable ingredients. Trick-worthy, tantalizing, perishable ingredients.

It’s good practice to check the date on packages, whether the treats are ones you already have at home or new treats you’re looking at in the store. The “best by” date isn’t an expiration date. It determines how long an item should sit on a shelf. This info lets you know the last day of the manufacturers can guarantee freshness and nutritional value. It doesn’t mean the treats are spoiled or unsafe if they’re still on the shelf past the date. But as a pup parents it’s always up to you to decided what you give your canine companion. If it were up to the pup, they’d eat everything on the shelf!

If your pooch likes to take their time with a bag of treats, you’re probably wondering “How long can treats last?” and “What should I do with treats past their sell-by date?” As long as you make sure to store the tasty morsels in the proper place, your pal will have plenty of time to get to the bottom of the bag.

That said, we’ve come up with some tips on how to store your dog’s treats, in addition to some information on how long they should be kept…just in case.

Training Treats

Dog with treat

Treats are great. They get your pup to do things like roll over, high five, and jump through hoops. Training treats like Merry Turkey or Whatever are the ultimate bribe…I mean reward for a good little puppy. Store your pal’s favorites in cool and dry places away from light. It’s best to let them stay in the original packaging or in air tight containers.

If you have a surplus of fruit and vegetable treats, it’s a good idea to throw a few bags in the freezer. Preserve them as quickly as you can. The suggested length of time to keep treats in the freezer is up to 8 months.

Keep all treats away from damp environments like basements and garages – especially in super hot summer months. A year is the longest length of time suggested for keeping treats in a cabinet. Anything kept longer than a year would indicate that your pup isn’t really a fan of those treats, so it would probably best to toss them!

Jerky Treats

Jerky Treats are easy to store in resealable bags or air tight containers. The smoked meaty treats may last a bit longer than other treats, but they tend to attract unwanted visitors over time. Bugs are tricky little pests and your jerky treats will be safe if handled with care.  Jerky Treats sitting on the shelf for a while as your pup works on another bag of goodies need to be checked for any indication – through appearance, smell, and texture – of spoilage before serving to your pal.

Long term storage of jerky treats is easy! The suggested length of time to keep them on the shelf (unopened) up to four months and (opened) up to two months. Unopened, you can toss them in the freezer up to 6 months. If you have the time and tools to do so, you can even vacuum seal the jerky to preserve the freshness of your pup’s treats.

Freeze-Dried Yummies

Hugo the great dane catching dog treats

Who doesn’t love a light, tasty, crunchy snack? Freeze-Dried Treats are the dog equivalent of a banana chips. With all of the water evaporated, these treats can last a pretty long time. In rooms with little to no humidity, it’s possible for freeze-dried treats to last from 15 to 18 months unopened. These types of treats can last up to a year opened on the shelf. Just make sure to keep them in proper conditions for the best results.

Dog Chews

dog chewing on trachea chew bone

Pups love a good chew session. Dog Chews are more of a challenge than soft treats, they help clean teeth, and they keep your pal busy for a while. It may take a bit longer than you expect for your little one to get through the pack of bully sticks or pig ears, so how long can they be kept in the cabinet?

According to the American Kennel Club, “Bully sticks are long lasting, in more than one way. They can last a long time while your dog is chewing them, and they also stay fresh for up to three years.” Just be sure to keep them in a cool and dry environment and in a safely sealed container.

Get Fresh Treats Monthly With BARKBOX!

Candy Box BarkBox

Treat your pup to drool-worthy treats every month. Whether your dog has a taste for biscuits, chews, jerky snacks, or even freeze dried treats, consider getting them a BarkBox subscription! These treats won’t be on your shelf for long!  Sign up here and receive a free extra toy every month. (<– This deal is worth up to $120 in value if you sign up for a 12-month subscription!) If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the friend Happy Team via Happy@BarkBox.com.

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How Do I Tell My Dog I Love Them In A Way They’ll Understand?

How Do I Tell My Dog I Love Them In A Way They’ll Understand?

Our dogs show their love for us through tail wags, face licks, wiggly butts, and lots of late-night cuddling. But how can we demonstrate our love for our dogs in a way they’ll understand? While your dog has probably picked up on your adoration already, here are a few tips for showering your deserving pup with affection:

Take Your Dog On Regular Walks

happy trainer

Walking isn’t just good for exercise. It’s also a vital way of establishing a strong emotional connection with your pup. By taking your dog on one or two long walks a day, you’ll fulfill your best friend’s instinctual need to go outside, explore their territory, and work off some energy. You’ll also score some bonus points by establishing a regular morning and evening walking routine. Why? A relaxed and tired dog is a happy dog, and nothing says “I love you” like being the provider of that happiness.

Make Time For Special Adventures

Terrier Mix Dog surrounded by BarkBox bundle of dog toys

Dogs are well-known for their grateful attitudes. A walk along the same path, year after year, will still always be enjoyable. But by providing your pup with lots of outdoor adventures, you’ll expand their enjoyment of life even more. Thus, on the weekends or whenever you have free time, consider taking your dog on a hike or other activity in nature. Note: Urban dogs will especially appreciate the break from noise, traffic, and sidewalks!

Exploring a national park, state trail, or visiting an out-of-town dog park are great ideas, but also feel free to use your creativity. Water-friendly dogs may enjoy riding along in a kayak or canoe, or even learning how to stand on a paddle board. (Just make sure your dog also gets strapped into a life jacket.) If your dog enjoys fetch or other athletic activities, an agility course or club might be a wonderful break from the norm.

Whatever adventure you embark on, all dogs will enjoy spending time with you outdoors. For an extra dose of love, remember to bring dog treats along in the picnic basket.

Bring Your Dog With You On Vacation

pug and pug owner showmenoodz

It’s not always possible to bring Fido along to Florida. Flying with dogs, for instance, can be expensive and stressful. But when the opportunity arises, bring your pup with you on vacation. Like humans, many dogs enjoy a good road trip followed by rest, relaxation, and outdoor activity.

While plans will have to be arranged to accommodate your pet, there are plenty of hotels, B&Bs, cabins, campgrounds, and other rental places that allow dogs. Furthermore, the majority of state and national parks across the country also permit dogs on trails, beaches, and in other natural areas. The best part? Making arrangements for your dog to stay by your side during vacation is a wonderful reminder of how much you love them.

Provide Toys, Treats, and Chews

small dog looking at treats

Our dogs love us unconditionally even when we have bad days (or bad weeks). In order to show that love back, consider rewarding your pup with fun and delicious gifts from Bark. Luckily, Bark has a wide array of products that are specialized for various dogs’ needs and wants. Here are a few ideas of what to buy:

Soft Baked Treats

Most dogs love sinking their teeth into a dense, savory, and soft treat. Providing a burst of nourishment and flavor, Bark’s treats are also made with with all natural ingredients like chicken, salmon, tuna, pork, and many other whole foods. This is the perfect bite-sized way to say “I love you.”

Jerky Chews

For those with dogs who have that instinctual need to chew, express your love through a delicious and healthy outlet for chomping. Bark’s Jerky Chews are fun to gnaw on and full of meaty flavor. They’re also low fat and free from grain, wheat, corn, and soy.

Plush Toys

Yorkie on a pile of plush toys

What better way is there to say “I love you” to your dog than give them something soft to cuddle with? (Or, perhaps, something soft to chase and attempt to rip apart.) Bark’s plush toys come in a variety of interesting shapes, textures, and clever designs. They also feature things like internal squeaky or spiky bouncy balls, crinkly sounds, fluff, multiple components, and fun surprises.

Super Chewer Toys

Fidel Chihuahua Dog with Super Chewer BarkBox Toy

Being a super strong dog in a world of weak and easily destroyed toys can be difficult. Where’s the fun in tearing something apart in just mere minutes? With Bark’s Super Chewer Toys, you’ll be the sole loving provider of what your dog craves most: something she can sink her teeth into. Made from highly durable rubber and/or nylon, these toys also have unique textures, erratic bounces, and even squeakers.

Show Your Dog You Love Them With BARKBOX!

Dog With BarkBox

Going for walks, hiking, and loads of cuddling are all excellent ways of saying “I love you” without words. But seeing the look on your dog’s face every time a monthly BarkBox arrives is another way of knowing that you’ve demonstrated your true feelings. Filled with American-made toys, treats, and chews, BarkBoxes are little deliveries of joy for your little monster. Sign up here and receive a free extra toy every month. (<– This deal is worth up to $120 in value if you sign up for a 12-month subscription!)

For those who are living with a vigorous chewer, there’s also the specialized Super Chewer BarkBox that provides extra-durable products. Plans start at $29/month with 2 toys, 2 treats, and 2 chews delivered to your door each month! Sign up here and you’ll get 1 month free on any 6 or 12-month plan!

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Why Should I Muzzle Train My Dog If They’re Not Aggressive?

Why Should I Muzzle Train My Dog If They’re Not Aggressive?

***Looking for a gift to help your pup get through muzzle training? Try BarkBox on for size! Every month BarkBox delivers 2 original toys, designed in-house, 2 full bags of all-natural treats, and a chew. Sign up here and receive a free extra toy every month. <– This deal is worth up to $120 in value if you sign up for a 12-month subscription! 🙂

Back in the day, muzzle training was synonymous with reactive dogs. Most dog owners thought the only reason you would ever put a muzzle on your dog is if they were at risk of biting or harming themselves, other dogs, or other people.

And it makes sense! Muzzles can look kind of scary. And there’s also the worry of how your dog might feel in a muzzle. Is it uncomfortable? Does it hurt? How can they pant or drink water when they’ve got a muzzle strapped to their face?

But the truth is, while muzzles may look a little unsettling, when used correctly, they’re actually harmless—and muzzle training your dog, even if they’re not reactive, is a must if you want to keep you and your pup safe.

So, what’s the deal with muzzles? What are they best used for? And how can you safely and comfortably incorporate them into your dog’s training?

Why You Should Consider Muzzle Training Your Dog

Irish Wolfhound

First things first—why would you muzzle train your dog if they’re not reactive? And the answer is this: because there’s a good chance that at some point your dog will need to wear a muzzle—and if and when that situation arises, you don’t want it to be your dog’s first time wearing one.

There are a number of situations that might require you to muzzle your dog. Those situations include:

  • Your dog has a medical emergency. If your dog is overwhelmed with pain or fear (for example, after suffering a traumatic injury), they might bite as a response. Muzzling your dog during a medical emergency will protect you, your pup, and any emergency personnel (like vet techs) your dog may encounter while they’re getting treatment.
  • Your dog is getting groomed. Some dogs just hate getting groomed—and might snap at the groomer as a result. Muzzling a grooming-averse dog during the grooming process will make sure that your groomer (and your pup!) get through the grooming process injury free.
  • Your dog feels threatened. If your dog feels threatened, they might bite as a way to protect themselves. Putting a muzzle on your dog in situations where they might feel threatened (for example, when meeting a new veterinarian) can help lower the risk of anyone getting bitten.
  • Your dog is required to wear a muzzle. Some states, cities, counties, et cetera unfortunately have something called breed specific legislation that requires certain breeds to wear muzzles when they’re out in public.

As you can see, some of these situations are completely out of your control. There’s no way to predict an injury or an issue with a groomer. And that’s why muzzle training—even if your dog isn’t reactive—is so important.

Muzzle training gets your dog comfortable wearing a muzzle. That way, if a situation ever arises where you need to use a muzzle, your pup already know what’s up—and you can easily get the muzzle onto your dog without causing them any distress (or risking you or someone else getting bitten in the process).

How To Muzzle Train Your Dog

Ok, so now that we’ve covered why muzzle training is so important, let’s talk about how to muzzle train your pup.

The goal of muzzle training is to get your dog comfortable with the muzzle—and comfortable wearing the muzzle for longer periods of time. The key? Start slow and work your way up.

Start by letting your dog sniff the muzzle. Don’t attempt to slip it over their nose; just introduce your dog to the muzzle and let them sniff. Once they’re done sniffing, praise them and give them delicious dog treats. Repeat the process a few times.

Then, touch your dog’s nose with the muzzle. Immediately remove the muzzle and give your dog a treat and praise. Repeat this process a few times.

After you’ve touched your dog’s nose a few times, it’s time to actually get their nose into the muzzle. Hold the muzzle in one hand and the treat in the other. That way, your dog has to put their nose into the muzzle in order to get the treat. Again, repeat this process a few times.

Once your dog is comfortable putting their nose into the muzzle to get a treat, it’s time to slowly start working towards fastening and leaving the muzzle on for an extended period of time. First, slip the muzzle onto their nose, give them a treat, and immediately remove it. Then, slip the muzzle onto their nose, fasten it, give them a treat, and remove. Once they’re comfortable with that, slip on the muzzle, fasten, count to five, give them a treat and remove. Keep repeating the process until your dog is comfortable wearing the muzzle for longer and longer periods of time.

It’s all about baby (or puppy!) steps. The more you practice (and the more treats you give your pup), the more comfortable they’ll get with the muzzle. Then, it will be easier to put a muzzle on your pup if you’re ever faced with a situation where you need to.

How NOT To Muzzle Train Your Dog

Chocolate Lab Muzzle

Muzzle training is a must to keep your dog safe. But, like anything else, there are right ways and wrong ways to use a muzzle.

You should NOT muzzle your dog:

  • As punishment. If your dog has a negative association with muzzles—which they will if you use them as a punishment—it will increase their fear around the muzzle. This will make it much harder (and more dangerous) to use one if the situation calls for it.
  • To stop them from barking. Technically, putting a muzzle on your dog will keep them from barking because it restricts their ability to open and close their mouth. But muzzling doesn’t address the reason why your dog is barking—so the second the muzzle comes off, your dog will go right back to their barking behavior.
  • To stop them from chewing. The same thing goes for chewing. Muzzling is a temporary solution to a long-term issue—so if your dog has an issue with chewing, muzzling isn’t going to solve the problem.
  • With a muzzle that’s too tight. It’s imperative to choose muzzle that properly fits your dog. If a muzzle is too tight, it can restrict your dog’s ability to breathe and pant—and can also cause skin irritation.

Bottom line: it doesn’t matter if your dog is or isn’t reactive—muzzle training is a really good idea.

Featured image via Maja Dumat/Flickr

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Puppy 101: How Do I Stop My Puppy From Biting?

Puppy 101: How Do I Stop My Puppy From Biting?

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Puppies are arguably the most adorable creatures to ever roam the earth. When you have a new puppy, it seems like everything they do—from tripping over their own paws to snuggling at your feet to letting out their little puppy barks—is just the cutest thing ever.

Everything, that is, except biting.

Puppies sure are cute—but they sure can bite. And those little teeth? They can feel like little razors—which is why you need to teach your puppy that biting is a no-no.

But how, exactly, do you do that? If you’re dealing with a new pup and wondering “how do I stop my puppy from biting?” let’s take a deep dive into how to get your new dog to cool it with the chomping:

Why Puppies Bite

Puppy Playing With Watermelon Plush Toy

Before we jump into answering the question “how do I stop my puppy from biting?” let’s talk about why your puppy is doing all that biting in the first place.

Puppies have a natural instinct to “nip;” when they play with other puppies, they’ll playfully mouth the other dog. If a puppy nips too hard, the other dog will yelp in pain—which will make the puppy back off (and teach them that biting with that kind of force isn’t ok).

Your puppy is basically doing the same thing when they nip at or bite you. Puppies use their mouths as a way to explore their environment and test their boundaries. It’s a way for them to learn what’s ok to bite (like a chew toy) and what’s not ok to bite (like your hand or another dog).

Your puppy might also be biting as a part of the teething process. When puppies are three to four months old, they start losing their razor sharp puppy teeth so they can start growing their adult teeth. Just like babies, the teething process is extremely uncomfortable for puppies—and as a way to soothe sore gums, they’ll look for anything they can to chew on (including your fingers and toes).

Bottom line—your pup isn’t trying to hurt you when they chomp down on your finger. Puppy biting is a completely normal behavior. But you also don’t want to act as a human teething ring for the first year of your puppy’s life—which is why you have to teach them not to bite.

How To Stop Your Puppy From Biting

Puppies playing

So, now that you know why puppies bite, let’s talk about how to nip that nipping problem in the bud—and get your pup to stop biting.

Teach Your Puppy To Be Gentle With Their Teeth

As mentioned, mouthing is an instinctual behavior in puppies. So the key isn’t to get your puppy to stop mouthing—it’s to be gentle with their teeth.

Training your puppy to control the force of their bite is called bite inhibition—and it’s an important skill to teach your pup. Not only will it protect your fingers and toes from a too-hard bite when you’re playing with your pup, but it will also deter your puppy from biting in other, less playful situations (for example, if they’re scared).

Cuddling with Black Puppy

So, how do you teach your puppy to be gentle with their teeth? It all starts with play.

When you’re playing with your new puppy, let them mouth your hand. If they bite down too hard, immediately make a loud yelping or “Ouch!” sound and let your hand go limp. Once they release your hand, ignore them for a short period of time (anywhere between 15 seconds and 30 seconds works). Then, resume play. You can repeat this process two to three times per play session.

If your puppy doesn’t catch on—and continues to bite down hard after a few training sessions—you can up the ante by physically leaving their immediate area after making the yelping or “ouch” sound. There’s no need to stay away too long—typically, 30 seconds to a minute is enough to show your dog the biting behavior is unacceptable.

If you’re consistent with your feedback, your puppy will eventually learn how hard is too hard to bite—and you won’t have to worry about any chomper-related injuries to your fingers or toes.

Give Them Something Else To Bite on

Teaching your puppy bite inhibition is important. But so is teaching them that biting humans (fingers, toes, hands, or otherwise) just isn’t an appropriate behavior. And the best way to do that? Give them something else to bite on.

If your puppy tries to bite you, replace your hand (or ankle, or toe, or whatever else they’re biting), ignore them until they stop biting. Then, once they’ve stopped, praise them and then redirect their biting to something more bite appropriate—like a dog toy or chew.

Use A Taste Deterrent

Nervous Golden Retriever Licking Lips

If you’ve tried everything (like training your dog on bite inhibition, praising them when they stop biting, and replacing your hand/fingers/toes with more bite appropriate toys and chews) but your puppy is still biting you, you may also want to try a taste deterrent.

There are plenty of taste deterrents on the market that taste bitter to dogs. Spray your hands, feet, clothes, or whatever else your puppy is biting with the spray deterrent. When they bite you, they’ll get a bitter, unpleasant taste in their mouth and will likely let go. When they do let go, make sure to lay on the praise and reward them with a treat.

Eventually, your puppy will associate biting you with the bitter taste—and not biting you with a treat or reward. This can help curb all the biting behavior when other, less extreme training methods fail.

What Not To Do When Teaching Your Puppy To Stop Biting

Dog and dog trainer

Now that you know what to do to get your puppy to stop biting you, let’s talk about what not to do.

  • Never physically punish your puppy for biting. Don’t hit, slap, or otherwise physically punish your puppy when they bite you. Physical punishment can make your puppy afraid of you, which will not only make the training process harder, but can damage your relationship with your new family member.
  • Don’t try to pull away when your puppy bites you. If your puppy bites down hard, you might be tempted to jerk your hand away—but don’t. Your puppy might interpret this behavior as a game, which can make them more excited—and make them bite down harder.
  • Get help if you need it. Puppy biting is a natural behavior and is typically not a cause for concern. But if your puppy isn’t responding to training—or is still biting long after their puppy days are behind them—you might want to work with a professional trainer to get the behavior under control.

Say Buh-Bye To Puppy Biting

Puppy biting can feel like a real nuisance—but now that you know the answer to “how do I stop my puppy from biting?” those pesky little nips will soon be a thing of the past.

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How Do I Choose Safe Dog Bones For My Pup?

How Do I Choose Safe Dog Bones For My Pup?

***Looking for a gift to blow your chewing-obsessed pup’s mind? Spoil them with a Super Chewer BarkBox! Plans start at $29/month with 2 toys, 2 treats, and 2 chews delivered to your door each month! Sign up here and you’ll get 1 month free on any 6 or 12-month plan!

Dog parents have several options when it comes to giving bones to their pups. There are real meat bones. Bones made from super-strong food-grade nylon. Even various chewable animal parts such as hooves, tendons, tracheas, and “pizzles” (we’ll let you Google that one)! With so many options, it can be difficult to choose safe dog bones for your furry BFF.

Real Meat Bones

Dog and bones

Every week there seems to be a new recall or controversy surrounding commercial dog products. Choosing all-natural real meat bones may seem like the way to go – especially if your dog is on a raw diet. After all, wild dogs and their canine cousins have been surviving on fresh raw meat, organs, and bone marrow for centuries.

Real meat bones can provide a safe, healthy gnawing experience for your pup, but there are several factors you must consider. Above all, be sure to choose fresh, raw bones. They are less likely to splinter and cause injuries to the mouth and throat.

Guidelines To Follow When Choosing Raw Bones For Your Dog:

  • When going raw, be sure to purchase FRESH bones from a reputable butcher
  • Locally-sourced bones are best for ensuring freshness
  • Beef and bison bones are tough and least likely to splinter
  • Pork bones and rib bones (of any kind) are weaker and should be avoided
  • Choose a bone about the size of your dog’s head to prevent choking
  • Store fresh bones in the freezer until ready for use

What’s So Bad About Cooked Bones?

Dog chewing bone

It may be tempting to offer your dog a savory meaty bone from your dinner plate, but even beef and bison bones can splinter when cooked. These shards of bone pose the following health risks:

  • Wounds to the mouth and throat
  • Fractured teeth
  • Choking
  • Perforations of the intestines

Nylon Dog Bones

Pit Bull with a BarkShop Benebone

Strong, food-grade nylon is an excellent choice when it comes to safe dog bones. The texture may not be as satisfying as the real thing, but as long as you choose the right product, nylon can provide a low-risk chewing experience for strong-jawed pups.

I say “low risk” because there is no such thing as “risk-free” dog bones. Anything your pup can swallow has the potential to cause choking or become a life-threatening GI blockage.

When it comes to nylon bones, be sure to choose the proper size and strength. These bones may flake off in tiny bits as your dog chews, but should never break into large chunks or be small enough to swallow.

Factors To Consider When Choosing Nylon Dog Bones:

nylon safe dog bones

Are nylon dog bones safe for puppies?

While puppies certainly need appropriate chewing options, nylon bones may not be the best choice. High-quality durable nylon chews such as Benebones are best for dogs with permanent teeth. However, there are several products specifically labelled for teething pups. Talk to your veterinarian about safe dog bone options before giving anything new to your puppy.

What is your dog’s chewing strength and style?

This is the most important factor when it comes to determining if nylon bones are safe for your dog. These products come in several different shapes, sizes and strengths to accommodate even the most powerful chewers. Never choose a soft, flexi-chew bone for heavy chewers, and never purchase a poodle-size bone for your Great Dane!

When should you replace your dog’s nylon bones?

Nylon chews may start out as safe dog bones, but become dangerous later on. Once these bones become small enough to swallow, it is time to replace them. In addition, well-worn nylon chew bones tend to pick up dirt and debris and may become a health hazard.

Never boil nylon bones or run them through the dishwasher or laundry. Instead, scrub them with a brush under warm water, using mild, non-toxic soap, and rinse thoroughly.

A good rule of thumb is: When in doubt about the safety of your dog’s nylon bones, it’s time to replace them.

Chews Made From Animal Organs & Body Structures

safe dog bone alternative

**For this category, it is important to choose products that are both manufactured and sourced in the U.S.A. 

There are countless dog bone alternatives made from animal hooves, antlers, ears, tendons, hides, tracheas, and more. While many of these organs and structures are perfectly safe, others are low quality and carry frightening health risks.

For example, pig ears are greasy and high in calories, posing a high risk for dogs with gastrointestinal problems. Pig ears and rawhides can also become choking hazards, cause GI blockages, and may even contain harmful substances from the manufacturing process.

Hooves and antlers may be safe dog bone substitutes for some pups, but should be used with caution. These body structures are high in keratin and very hard – possibly hard enough to break a tooth.

Softer internal structures such as tracheas and tendons can be a great option as long as they are safely sourced and processed. Look for items from U.S.A. cattle with no unnecessary additives.

So How Do You Choose Safe Dog Bones & Dog Bone Alternatives For Your Pup?

super chewer dog safe bones

When it comes down to it, no one knows your pooch better than you. It is up to you to choose the safest, highest quality bones for his or her personality and chewing style.

The best way to discover which options work best for your dog is to test out an assortment of safe, healthy options like those in our BarkShop. Each delicious chew is easy on your pup’s teeth and made in the U.S.A. to ensure optimal health and safety.

If the choices seem overwhelming, there is an easy way to receive a steady supply of safe dog bones and chews at your home each and every month. The aforementioned SuperChewer BarkBox is specially curated with bone-loving pups in mind. Each shipment includes two tough toys, two full-size bags of treats, and two meaty, all-natural chews!

Best of all, your (and your dog’s) satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. If any of the products in your BarkBox do not live up to your expectations, email Happy@BarkBox.com and they’ll replace them free – no questions asked!

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Why Does My Dog Stare At Me? What Does It Mean?

Why Does My Dog Stare At Me? What Does It Mean?

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I’ve always wondered what goes on in my dog Benji’s head when he gives me those long unblinking looks. Is he trying to communicate with me through thought waves? Is he telling me how much he loves me with his big brown eyes?

While staring into some dogs’ eyes can be interpreted as a provocation by the dog, there are many different things a dog might be trying to communicate to you with their stare, and we’re going to break them down for you right now.

7 Reasons Why Your Dog Is Staring At You Right Now

1. Your dog wants food. This one is pretty obvious if your dog is staring at you around the time you normally feed them.
dog wants dinner illustration

2. Your dog has to go to the bathroom.

3. Your dog wants some sort of attention. They could want a belly rub…

Or a car ride…

Or your dog just wants an epic game of fetch!

5.Your dog might be trying to read your face. A research team at Emory University set out to prove one way or another whether dogs recognize (and get excited about) human faces as a result of familiarity and not just the expectation of a reward. “For social animals,” the study reports, “faces are immensely important stimuli, carrying a wealth of information, such as identity, sex, age, emotions, and communicative intentions of other individuals.”

6. Your dog wants you to tell them what to do. If you often have little training sessions with your pup, they might be staring at you in anticipation of the next instruction!

7.They just like you. 🙂

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