Sometimes owners who are new to feeding bones will react when they discover how possessive their dog can be over a bone, and decide that they don’t want to feed bones. Keep in mind that a bone is so important to him that it brings out guarding or possessive behaviour. My remedy is to feed lots of bones, especially meaty ones! Always give your dog the space and privacy he needs to prevent biting accidents – especially in households where children are involved.
When and How to Feed Your Dog a Raw Bone
If your dog is new to bones and raw food, it is best to switch him to raw food first before adding bones. Once you’ve made the switch and things are going smoothly, you will want to add bones to his diet. They are important nutritionally (a good source of minerals) and physically (they provide a great workout).For his first experience allow him to chew the bone for 10 minutes, then make a trade for something of equal or greater value and then place the bone in a covered Tupperware Container or bag and refrigerate it until the next day when you will allow him to have it again for 10 minutes. Over time you may increase how long he has the bone.
DO NOT TRY TO TAKE A BONE AWAY FROM A DOG WHO IS GROWLING OR GUARDING HIS BONE!
Side effects from chewing bones: clean teeth and a tired happy dog!