We buy medium to large marrow bones from our training center or sometimes the butcher at the market will sell us some. The dogs eat the marrow and everything from the bone. Afterwards we clean off the rest of the bone and just wash it down with water. We then fill it with a variety of chopped up treats mixed up with a little bit of peanut butter to give it some consistency for freezing. We use Charlie bears, carrots, broccoli, and small liver treats. After is is filled we smear both ends with peanut butter, wrap it in saran wrap and freeze it over night. We then have a popsicle that the dogs take a least a half and hour to an hour to work their way through...they go nuts for them. A friend of mind uses a semi-frozen chichen broth instead of peanut butter. We only use the same bones 2 to 3 times because they eventually start to crack. You can do the same things with Kongs, my guys just prefer the marrow bones.
You don't want to cook bones it makes them brittle and splinter.
If you want a toy for them to play with that you are going to stuff stuff into then I would just get a Kong.
They won't chip or brake any teeth and you can put them in the dishwasher and santize them.
They can be stuffed with all kinds of things.
Canned dog food
Dry dog treats
They also make stuff especally for the kongs.
If you want to get them bones to chew on then I would get the nuckle bones that you buy from the store. They usually have them labels as soup bones.
When feeding any kind of bone you need to watch them, but if you get the morrow bones then you must watch them very closely. Especally if they are the ones with the larger middles then the dog can get them caught around their jaws.
Kongs or nylabones are the best two things to get for your dogs to chew one. They won't chip or break teeth.
Good luck maybe some else with read this and give you some more advice.
You need to supervise them while they have them, I've never had a problem with them because once they cleaned out the treats I take the bone away. If you are uncomfortable with the marrow bones then definatly use the kongs...I would but for some reason my dogs really don't like them.
I supervise them with the bones, and only use the bones a few times before I get new ones. Inspect them each time you are going to fill them, if any part looks splintered don't use it.
I have a lot of dogs and plan on treating them equally. So that means I gotta buy lots of kongs. I really don't feel like paying $70+ on kongs then the butt munches won't play with them. Two of my dogs don't like toys but I am not sure how they will react to a kong since it has food. I will try the bones if I get positive results I get kongs for all.
you could just buy one kong and see who if any or all play with it. if no one likes it then you don't have to waste any more money on them.
with the nuckle bones or soup bones you will want to toss them once all the meat is eaten off. i will let them chew on them a little while after that, but not much for the fact i don't want them to hurt their teeth.
For the retum part i'm not sure about. my dogs have never craked a nuckle bone i am sure they may have gotten a sliver here or there, but nothing big enough to cause problems. Since like I said I take them away once they are shinny white with no meat.
No matter what you finally decide to use, the trick is to freeze it...the dogs seem to like the cold sensation and it takes them much longer to work on the treat. If you come up with any tasty combinations, pass them along...my guys are always up for something new.