There are many different things for a puppy to chew on: shoes, the rug, the kids toys...
In researching what to buy for Poca to chew, I came across this article, and purchased a few Wholesome Hide rawhides. She chewed through the chips too quickly, but one of the larger rolls lasted her quite some time. On further searching, I saw "bully sticks" recommended. Oh. my. goodness. I could not even believe what those are made of. Lets just say its much worse than a pig ear, which is nasty as well....
Finally I saw elk antlers recommended as a great choice for dogs to chew on. I read about antlers on a few forums and then saw them in the local pet stores as well. Antlers, phew, I can handle that. Evidently elk antlers are the premium choice - deer antlers can splinter, but elk are just right. Antlers are the perfect chew toy because they are naturally shed by elk and readily available. There are no preservatives or crazy ingredients in them either.
I found Mountain Dog Chews and was really impressed with their website and philosophy. They agreed to send some Elk antlers for us to try out - Poca could hardly wait for us to get them out of the package for her!
She has had these antlers for almost four months now (she is definitely not this tiny anymore!), and they have held up amazingly well. She LOVES them and chews on them quite often. Antlers are one of the only things that I am comfortable leaving in her crate with her because I know that she is not going to ingest too much or break them.
Mountain Dog Chews staff was very helpful with figuring out what type and size of antler to get Poca. We got some that were split down the center, allowing her to get to the yummy middle part without too much work. This is one of her well loved antlers:
You can see that she is in no danger of swallowing or breaking it; its simply worn down all over. Antlers can be pricey, but considering how long they have lasted her, they are well worth it. I highly recommend picking some up for your dog, and highly recommend the quality and good service we received from Mountain Dog Chews. Has your dog tried antlers? They even come in some enormous sizes for those power chewer dogs!
Disclosure: We received a package of elk antlers in exchange for our honest review. Poca gives them two paws up!