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Top Safe Chews for Dogs

Updated on June 29, 2014

Many dogs have a bad habit of chewing things they should not chew. A lot of the time this bad behavior is due to boredom or simply desire to chew. If your dog has a habit of chewing you have a good shot at alleviating this undesirable behavior by supply them with something appropriate to chew on that is theirs alone. Most people know that giving a dog a chew will help alleviate these problems.

Although chews can be a wonderful way to curb bad chewing behavior it is important to make sure the chews you provide to your dog are safe. Not every chew sold in a pet store is the safest or highest quality available. Just as you should analyze and research the safety of food you buy for yourself you should also make sure to provide the highest quality items for your pet. Remember that cost is not reason to sacrifice quality. Below is a list of safe chews for your dog.


Deer Antlers are a safe chewing choice for dogs opposed to the traditional rawhide chews. Unlike other chews antlers won't splinter or break into small pieces that can cause choking. Antlers also don't have an odor when chewed or leave stains. These are also one of the longest lasting natural dog chews, it is not unrealistic for one Antler to last your dog six months to a year so while the initial cost may be a little higher than other dog chews it quickly pays for itself. My German Shepherd puppy has had an Antler for about 3 months now which she chews 4-5 times a week for an hour at a time and it barely looks like it has been used!

Cow Hoofs

Cow Hoofs are a favorite chew of many dogs. Hoofs are safe for dogs to eat because they are broken down by dogs into small, soft pieces before being swallowed which are easy to digest. Cow hoofs do give off a mild to strong odor when dogs are chewing them which may be off putting to many owners however it is worth the odor to watch your dog enjoy a tasty treat! Like other chews dogs need to be supervised when chewing cow hoofs and they may not be appropriate for very large dogs who could or have a history of swallowing small items because cow hoofs are only 3-5 inches long.

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Benefits of providing a dog chew to your pet

  • Chews provide mental exercise for dogs
  • Chews help to keep dogs teeth clean
  • Providing rewards for your pet. Providing bones can be used as positive reinforcement for good behavior or a special treat after a training session.

Bully Sticks

Bully sticks are a cow product that is dried and made into a chew for dogs. Like antlers, bully sticks are considered one of the safest dog chews on the market because they are completely digestible and will not cause blockages in a dogs system. Like cow hooves bully sticks have been known to have a slightly unpleasant odor when being chewed. Odorless bully sticks are available so if you do decide to buy a bully stick for your dog you will want to look for a product that is advertised as no odor. Bully sticks come in all different flavors and varieties to fit any type of dog! So what are you waiting for? Head over to amazon and buy your best friend a new type of treat!


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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Good information. We have a husky with a very strong chewing need. Except for nylabones we have not found much that she will accept or not tear to shreds. The dear antler might work. up votes and sharing on facebook.