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Starting Bones Young?

I'd love to start Ellie on some bones. I don't want her to develop aggression later on and I'd love for her to have something to keep her occupied while I finish homework, etc. Are there any kinds of raw bones that are good for puppies? She's 13 weeks and shows no interest in nylabones/ teething bones/ kongs.

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I did ox tails, chicken wings and ribs when my boy was that young.
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My Zulu (10 1/2 weeks) loves antlers (deer and elk). Usually only chews on them when he is winding down. I do not give any of my dogs rawhide.
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are you putting something yummy in the kongs? My pup doesn't touch them unless I've stuffed them with something. I usually mix up pumpkin and kibble and freeze it in the kong over night. Keeps him busy for a while

But you also have to teach them how to use a kong by starting out simple. some treats just small enough that they fall out easily, then progressively get more difficult.
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I gave my oldest dog Rosko a Kong once. I froze peanut butter in the Kong and gave it to him. He took it and ran off so I assumed he was eating it. I forgot all about the Kong filled with peanut butter. Evidently he just laid it up on the hall floor. My wife walked up 3 hours or so later to see Rosko jumping on the Kong with both front feet and now thawed peanut butter everywhere. She was mad. No more kongs for rosko. All of my dogs do love chewing on bully sticks, pig snouts, and pig ears. anything animal with not any additives is food. Watch the pig ears some of them have this gross coating on them. Just get the regular ones. They'll eat them.
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I'd love to start Ellie on some bones. I don't want her to develop aggression later on and I'd love for her to have something to keep her occupied while I finish homework, etc. Are there any kinds of raw bones that are good for puppies? She's 13 weeks and shows no interest in nylabones/ teething bones/ kongs.
I gave mine a sock tied in a couple of knots with a ball inside. She seemed to like the texture and something she could sink those little puppy teeth into.

I just had to keep an eye on her to make sure she wasn't unraveling or getting any elastic from the band. At any rate perhaps a soft toy that she can get those little teeth into?

I didn't start mine on frozen knuckle bones until she started teething. Man, I think she blew thru teething in a week with a couple of those! I'd take them away after a little while so she didn't overdo it.
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Apollo was about 12 weeks and I gave him goat ribs--he loved them

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She has PLENTY of soft toys, but I'll try the ball in sock! :-)
I stuffed the Kong with peanut butter and had no success.
Side question: what about putting some meat on puppy bones? Ellie eats as much as she wants 4 times a day and looks just a little skinny.
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We gave Bruce tripe stuffed cow hooves, he loved them. They are stinky though! So they should be fed outside for sure!

As for putting some weight on, depending on how you mean by "a little skinny" you may not need to worry about getting weight put on. For example, our Bruce was pretty skinny as a pup, and still could be considered "thin" however, you can't see any of his ribs unless he's stretched out laying on his side, and you can feel them if you put a little pressure on, and that is a good weight for growing GSD puppies, it will help prevent future hip problems if they are kept on the leaner side now.

They will also just fluctuate weight, especially that young, and could be about to hit a growth spurt.

However, if they truly are thin, take them to the vet had have a fecal sample tested, and also have her tested for worms, and that could provide you with some answers. But if your vet says that she is healthy and at a healthy weight, then go ahead and stay with what your vet is telling you!

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I watched a video here where the trainer stuffs his kongs with wet dog food and freezes them. He said one of his employees stuffs her frozen kongs with chicken liver. He compared stuffing them with peanut butter to giving a human a can full of pennies, versus stuffing them with wet food which would be like a can of 20s and 50s and liver which would be like a can of $100 bills. I haven't tried this, but I thought it was an interesting concept. It could be what you're stuffing your kong with that makes your dog disinterested?

Also be careful with chicken bones. If you must use chicken bones make sure you use raw bones and monitor them closely (GSD puppies have big mouths!).
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