hello and welcome... I have had several dogs who dont chew...well unless it was a food item like rawhides. I would get a few big knuckle or long bones and let him try that. Most dogs like them...at least for a while. I dont leave things to entertain mine when I'm gone...they love to lay and lounge...i invision the cat party comercial when the people are away...and they all scatter when the people come home...thats what probaby goes on at my house and I think they are just laying around...lol
When we leave Bijou, we leave food treats hidden around the apartment to keep her busy. This is a dangerous thing to do if you have a destructive dog but Bijou isn't really a 'tear up the furniture' kind of girl... hehe.
When she isn't sniffing out her treats, she sleeps. I think a lot of dogs handle being left much better than we think they will.
Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs chew, and especially not the kong. I've never met a kong chewer. They recommend that small puppies be exposed to regular chewing items, like bones filled with frozen goodies), to associate good feeling with chewing, at an early age. If something is introduced early in life and is given on a daily basis and made very pleasant , it becomes a habit so the dog looks for chew items when it is bored or stressed. I do beleive an adult dog could be weaned into chewing on a daily basis, it could take several weeks to accomplish this habit, but you could do it.
Anyway, I don't want to give him too many edible chewables because I don't want to overfeed him. I give him one a day, but he takes like 10 minutes to gobble it all up, and then he's lounging around doing nothing for the rest of the day.
The only things he enjoys is eating and getting attention and, oh, belly rubs. :P
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