Choices for heavy chewers
Shelters occasionally encounter dogs who are heavy chewers, or who chew and swallow inedible items in their kennels. Mighty Mouths provides these heavy chewers with appropriate alternatives that satisfy their need to chew and help reduce the stress of kennel life.
Mighty Mouths is also appropriate for “bully-breed” dogs, such as American pit bull terriers and Rottweilers, who tend to deteriorate quickly in kennels. Kennel enrichment helps to occupy and maintain the behavior of these dogs. Visit the following websites for more information about the brand-name products mentioned in this article:
What to Chew
The most important items to provide are those the dog can safely chew and swallow, and that will safely pass through their digestive tracts. These include:
What Not to Chew
Without enrichment, heavy chewers have been known to chew and sometimes swallow parts of objects in their kennels, including bedding, food and water bowls, the kennel door, and toys.
When providing enrichment materials for dogs who tend to consume inedible items, be sure that the materials are inert and can safely pass through the dog’s digestive tract. In addition, be sure that the dog cannot physically harm himself on sharp edges or damage his teeth on objects that are too hard.
Pass It On
If you identify particular items that are successful in occupying a Mighty Mouth dog, be sure to share this information with the dog’s adopters. The adopters can then keep these items available in their homes.
photo courtesy of Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society