Prairie Dog Antlers – Product Review

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Bentley is a chewer.  He loves nothing more than attacking a toy, obsessively ripping out every last bit of stuffing and destroying the squeaker within.  Behold the remains of a few of his toys.

Behold the destruction

Countless others have already been thrown away.  That orange rope? Used to be a raggedy cat.  That weird white ball?  Used to be a Kong Wubba.  That ball actually became his favorite toy after he’d peeled the “skin” off the toy.  He chews on it like it’s bubblegum and will even toss it around for himself.  Needless to say,  all this destruction is a big mess for me to clean up and costs quite a bit of money.

But at PetSmart the other day, I ran across a new “toy” for Bentley.  It’s a piece of deer antler from Prairie Dog Antlers.  Bentley absolutely loves it.  I don’t think he stopped chewing it for the first two days he had it.  It will get worn down eventually, but it’s already lasted a week and has barely changed shape, whereas most his toys last 20 minutes.  It’s also good for his teeth.  They are expensive (this one cost $19), but for how long it lasts and how much value Bentley is getting out of it, I think it’s well worth the price.  It also doesn’t leave polyester fluff all over the house for me to pick up!

Bentley and his Antler

If you have a dog that is a really big chewer, and none of his toys last, I highly recommend checking out Prairie Dog Antlers!  They have a range of sizes, including moose for the larger breeds.

No, It’s Not Okay.

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Bentley on the bed where he's not supposed to be

Bentley on the bed where he's not supposed to be

 

As evidenced in a few of my videos, while Bentley is very smart to pick up on “tricks”, he’s still got a ways to go in learning good doggy manners.  We’re working on it though!  But one of the things that drives me crazy is when I try to instill in him good behaviors, and other people contradict me.  For example, I’ll be walking him, and we’ll see a person on the sidewalk, and he’ll jump up all excitedly.  I tell him “no” and “off” and try to get him to sit and behave.  But because he’s a smaller dog (and downright adorable if I do say so myself) people are often “oh, it’s okay!”

 

Um, no, it is NOT okay.  I’m the dog’s owner.  I don’t want the dog exhibiting this behavior, thus this behavior is not okay.  And it’s not okay for you to be undermining all the hard work I’m putting into training him by actively encouraging him to engage in behaviors I clearly am trying to dissuade.

 

Please, if you see someone trying to get their dog to do/not do something, don’t tell them “oh, it’s okay!” and go ahead and let the dog do whatever.  It’s not your dog, not your choice on what it can or cannot do.  You might think you’re being “nice” but you’re just sending an inconsistent message and confusing the dog, not to mention frustrating the owner.