This time of year, there’s a lot of deer hunting out in my neck of the woods. Freyja, my Anatolian cross, brings a lot of treats in to camp.
When one of the English shepherd’s dogs get a hold of a deer bone, I make a trade. I’ll say, “trade” and offer her a stuffed Kong Bone. She’ll drop the deer bone and accept the Kong. Then I say, “good trade”.
The deer bones are pretty high value to the dogs, but the stuffed Kong Bone seems to be an acceptable substitute.
Why trade? tooth enamel and potential internal perforation are my primary concerns. I’ll usually let her keep the deer bone for a minute or two first. If she can take some sinew or marrow without cracking it or too much grinding, that’s fine.