How To Teach Your Dog To Chew Raw Meaty Bones (RMBs)
It's a common problem when first transitioning onto a raw diet that the dog will have absolutely no clue what to do with a raw meaty bone (RMB). Especially if they are older, which is understandable as they have most likely never eaten anything like it in their lives. It's cold, wet, and slimy, and your dog doesn't have the slightest clue on how to consume it. So here are some tips & tricks to help your dog become an expert chewer.
Make Sure It's The Appropriate Size
If your dog is having trouble chewing, it could be that it is not the correct size. Here is a more in-depth look at why the size of bone matters and how to match your dog to the right one. If the bone is too small/big, it could make learning to eat raw bones much harder.
If your dog is not used to eating raw food, furthermore raw bones, the texture can often throw them off. It's cold, slimy on the outside, crunchy on the inside, and is unfamiliar. Often freezing can help get the hang of chewing and makes the RMB a bit more presentable. Ideally, bones should not feed frozen entirely but a few times to allow for adjustment is acceptable.
Simply throwing a RMB to your dog can work for some, but usually, the dogs require a bit more hand-holding (literally) before they can confidently chomp away by themselves. Firmly hold the bone for them or use pliers to help give your dog the stability and leverage they need to learn how to chew. Ensure that they place the bone on their back teeth versus their front when biting down to crunch.
Teaching your dog how to chew may seem a bit strange at first, but with a bit of help from your side, they'll become expert chompers in no time. Remember that every dog is a unique individual, so find what works for you!