FINDING THE BEST NATURAL CHEW FOR YOUR PUPPY

Congratulations on welcoming your new puppet your family. We all want the very best for our pets and we at Boodles are passionate about giving puppies the very best start.

Every dog seems to love to chew, for some dogs, anything that fits in their mouth is considered food, but most of the time found items aren’t safe, healthy or good to chew. (No one wants the skirting board nibbled by a new puppy)

100% Natural dog chews can be perfect to improve your pet’s health and mental wellbeing. As well as keeping your furniture safe from a teething pup. With many natural chews on offer which are best for your puppy?

Natural chews have many different health benefits so appropriate for different dietary needs and life stages.

What is a Natural Dog Chew?

Boodles natural chews are one ingredient, animal in origin and always completely edible and easily digestible. Many animal parts can be dehydrated, dried, or lightly cooked, to create a long lasting chew or tasty chewy treats.

This process is natural and gentle so many of the nutrients are retained. Your dog has unique needs and preferences, so as you get to know your new puppy you will begin to figure out which chews will be the perfect match.

Give our taster trial pouch a try with just a few puppy suitable items to get you started.

5 Health Benefits of Natural Dog Chews

1. Dental Care

Your puppies natural desire to chew is inbuilt as chewing is how wild dogs and wolves cared for their teeth. Gnawing on bones, tendons, and raw meat would help to maintain their dental health. For domesticated pets today, chewing is still a great way to help remove tartar build up. Different types of natural chews will provide different levels of dental care, so it’s a good idea rotate a variety of natural chews, this will not only keep your puppy interested but will also work different areas within their mouths. Softer chews can be good for reaching in between teeth and a harder chew can last longer which can help your dog to remove some more stuck-on tartar build up.

2. Boredom

When your puppy is bored they can look around for something to chew destroying furniture, digging or even aggression can be the signs of an under stimulated dog. Boodles natural chews are an excellent way to keep your dog busy and stimulated. Therefore not looking around the house for other items to have a chew on! A long-lasting chew to entertain your dog while you are busy are great. Our best sellers are the Premium Pizzles as these are reasonable thin for any breed to easily grip. Other great long lasting chews are the large achilles tendon (great for larger breeds) or beef scalp which is suitable for most.

Maybe offer softer chews in between playtime for a shorter but more rewarding chew.

Also try rotating natural chews and toys to keep your dog engaged as spending one-on-one time with them is such an important part of the bonding process.

We always recommend that your dog is supervised with a chew this will help prevent the risk of choking. Even experienced chewers can make a mistake a swallow a chew whole.

3. Anxiety

When a dog or puppy become anxious it can manifest in destructive behaviours. Separation anxiety is very common and when a dog is anxious about being left alone they can spiral into a destructive state. A natural chew can provide a much-needed distraction during the signs of your departure (putting on shoes, looking for keys etc)

Distracting them with a natural chew can help relax your pet during this time, helping them feel more comfortable when you have left and they are alone.

Anxiety around storms, fireworks and other triggers can also benefit from the distracting powers of natural dog chew.

4. Nutrition

As Boodles chews are 100% natural one ingredient chews, they contain many vital nutrients like protein, fat, and minerals.

These are great to supplement your puppies diet keeping them happy and healthy. Natural chews are often high in protein and low in fat, so they can add valuable calories to your puppy’s diet to help build and maintain muscle.

Treats should not take up more than 10% of their diet, but even in small quantities they can still complement a balanced diet and effectively support your dog’s health.

5. Hip and Joint Care

For older pets and larger breeds, hip and joint issues are can be inevitable but they can be managed to prevent pain and mobility issues.

Many of our chews contain Chondroitin and Glucosamine. Glucosamine is effective in pain reduction, joint inflammation and increased joint mobility. Chondroitin can help promote joint repair.

Time to Try

Your puppy will have no problem eating the same chew day in and day out, but if you offer them a rotating variety you can keep up the excitement and interest. Not only will your puppy be happy and excited but the different shapes and textures of each chew will help tackle different part of their moths and jaw muscles. When using chews to help with boredom or anxiety they are more effective if your puppy is excited about the new chew. Another reason to rotate your natural chews is that dogs are good at learning the weak spots of their favourite chews. They use these tricks to crush the chew faster and faster each time you offer it making the chew less rewarding for them. Now that you have a better idea of what to look for and what to expect from natural chews it’s time to start trying some out and find out which natural chews are right for your puppy

2. Protect Their Paws

Hot pavement can severely burn your dog’s paws. Asphalt and other surfaces can reach 65°C in the summer, causing blisters and severe pain. Test the surface with the back of your hand; if you can’t hold it for seven seconds, it’s too hot for your dog. Use dog shoes, socks, or peel-and-stick pads to protect their paws during walks.

3. Keep Them Groomed

Regular grooming is essential during hot weather. Brushing helps remove dead hair, reducing the thickness of your dog’s coat and aiding in temperature regulation. Contrary to popular belief, shaving your dog’s coat is not advisable as it can expose their skin to sunburn and other risks. Instead, trim their hair to help them stay cool.

4. Provide Frozen Treats

Frozen treats can help cool your dog down and keep them happy. Boodles treats and chews are perfect to be frozen. 

Try filling a cows hoof with your dogs food and freezing it. Or simply popping any of our hard chews into the freezer so your dog can happily chew away.

Ensure thawed and uneaten chews are discarded.

5. Limit Walks to Early Mornings and Evenings

Exercise is vital for your dog’s health, but in hot weather, limit walks to early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. This practice reduces the risk of heat stroke and paw burns. Dogs are susceptible to heat-related conditions regardless of their breed or age, so always prioritise their safety during walks.

6. Protect Their Skin from the Sun

Dogs love being outdoors, but they need protection from harmful UV rays. Use dog-specific sunscreen to shield their skin. Avoid products with zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid, which can be toxic if ingested. Waterproof, odorless sunscreen with SPF 30 is ideal. Alternatively, UV-blocking sun shirts can provide effective protection.

Conclusion

By taking these proactive steps, you can help ensure your dog stays safe and healthy during the summer months. Always monitor your dog for signs of overheating and take immediate action if needed. With proper care, your dog can enjoy the summer season comfortably and safely.

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