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Old 03-31-2016, 07:15 PM
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I gave her the pig's ear. She loves it. She is plucking parts off. How to describe? This is okay, right? I hope so! She chews it but also bites it until she gets it chewed down and bites parts off.

I don't know what it means 'gulper vs chewer.'

I also got a rabbit bone - maybe a shoulder? It has a rib part and there are some ribs with thin parts? I was advised to cut the big bone portion apart. What do you think?

Anyway, I suspect some of these questions are dumb questions so I apologize.

Here's another: I thaw these bones out, right? The other bone is a chicken one and I believe it's a chicken back. Is it okay? I want to be sure before I offer these.

I appreciate all these replies. I just want to be careful. I am hoping the pig's ear is okay as I really didn't know what to expect or what to think still about how she's chewing (eating?) it.

I am used to my dog who didn't have good teeth, really.

The pig femur wasn't ready so I don't have it yet.

EDIT: Ohhhhh... is that why you dehydrate the pig's ear?!? So, it has to be chewed more? Is it okay if I didn't? I just offered it after I got back. Although, it was sitting in the bag for a little bit. I don't have a dehydrator, though, and I am not sure what you do with the oven method. So clueless....sigh.....sorry, again.

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She sounds fine with the pigs ear. However she wants to get it down. It's good if it's taking her some times to work on it. Keeps her busy.

A gulper is a dog who just, well gulps the food down without chewing. While a chewer would chew the food first, take their time. You need to watch a dog that tends to gulp as they may try to swallow a piece that is too big for them.

I wouldn't cut the rabbit, but it depends on the size of the dog and the size of the rabbit. But rabbit is pretty soft and probably won't take long to eat. To give you an idea, I feed my cats rabbit and give them the whole leg, whole rib cage, whole back leg. I only cut it into large chunks.

Chicken backs are fine, but again they are pretty soft and she may get through it quickly. Just remember not to give her too much too fast or she may get loose stools. Thawed bones are fine.

I dehydrated the pigs ears mostly to open up freezer space. They actually go through the dehydrated ones faster. IMO raw is better, but sometimes dehydrated is more convenient. I use to buy a case at a time so I'd always have chews for the dogs. I also sold some and the people buying wanted dried ears.
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Thanks for the info!

Btw, I believe I got the 'breed mix' wrong. She might have JRT in her or some terrier but I'm not positive - however, there are some white markings on her chest. The majority is black/tan. But, now, I am thinking she is a Minature Pinscher mix. Her tail is not docked, though. Sorry about the mistake.

Miniature Pinschers: What's Good About 'Em? What's Bad About 'Em?

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Old 04-01-2016, 08:44 AM
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Oh, I cannot edit the previous. She still might be JRT but I thought it might help to have a better idea of what she looks like.

She looks like this:
https://www.fotolia.com/id/19042016


Stud Dog - Black and Tan Jack Russell - Breed Your Dog


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B...ck_Russell.JPG


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/337347828308589666/

Edit: I thought maybe she was JRT mixed with a Minature Pinscher but not sure. One of the comments in one of the links states that the black and tan JRT is just uncommon or rare.
She's black and tan and has white markings on the chest.
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There's universal truths to minpins, ours is no exception. Just about every Pinscher cross will burrow, or hide under blankets, if yours isn't doing this, then chances are it's not.
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