Turkey Tracks: Clean Dog Teeth

Turkey Tracks:  January 18, 2016

Clean Dog Teeth

Little dogs need clean teeth.

Their health depends upon clean teeth.

My best “go to” method are raw beef bones–and the bones from ribs are the best for a good teeth work out.  Marrow bones are yummy for them, but they eat out the marrow and that’s that.  With the rib bones, the little dogs go back again and again to work the bone.

In winter, giving them a chew bone poses some problems.  For one thing, it’s too cold for them to stay outside for long.  So, it’s a supervised inside endeavor.

Here’s Reynolds with a chew bone on paper on the kitchen floor.


She’s learned to keep the bone on the paper.

No No Penny had to be taught, and the skill is still rocky for her, which is where the “supervised” bit comes into play.

Here’s Rey working her bone–and not where Penny is at the end of the video–as she has finished her bone and is…waiting…

The down side for Reynolds is that she works a bone with her front teeth more than the back teeth.  When Penny gets hold of a bone like this one, you can hear her scraping her back teeth over it from two rooms away.  And, her teeth are shiny clean.

I watched her dig up one of these bones out of the snow yesterday, check it out, and then rebury it.

Dogs are endlessly funny.

Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

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