We got Max his first bully stick when we got back into town a few weeks ago. At first he didn't know what to make of it and just walked around like "I got something cooool, neener, neener". Charlie would try to sniff the end and Max would turn and almost whack Charlie on the nose, it was kinda funny. At some point the stick must have softened and Max tasted it. From then on he was singularly focused. The doorbell rang, no response. We wandered all over the house and he didn't move from his bed to chew it, it was intense. He's also exhausted when I take it away from him, it is a nice way to burn a little energy.
So here are my questions.
1)Where is the best place to get these? Currently I paid $10 for a 12" stick that's 3/4-1" in diameter. I realize this is high but we were at the pet store so I just picked it up. I plan on ordering them from somewhere for cheaper if these are going to be a thing for him. Which ones should I get?
2) How long do you let your dog chew it? Do they finish them or do you spread it out? Max chews about 3" over 90 minutes.
3) When do you throw it away or do you? I've noticed Max takes it into his mouth longways when it's small enough, which makes me scared he's going to swallow it so I usually take it away. He won't let me hold it while he chews, he moves his head for a better angle a lot. He does trade up easily so I can take it from him at any length.
4) Anything else I should know? Max still has bones around the house from RMB sessions that he works on too. He's such a spaniel, life is always better with something in his mouth and he has plenty of things to fit that bill.
Max "the ninja"-American Cocker Spaniel G-day 3/2009
Charlie "the middle child"- Orange Tabby G-day 7/2005
Sadie - Grey Tabby 9/1996-8/4/2012 RIP