|Barked: Sat Aug 4, '12 12:38pm PST |
|a good way to feel safe about gulping is to do what was already suggested. Try buying a whole chicken. cut it in half(You want a BIG piece to promote gnawing and chewing). because of the size, your dog will, first of all, have to chew a chunk off before swallowing it. When a dog does this, they tend to crunch and gnaw parts of the meat until they find a good chunk to chew off. While they are doing this, they will notice when they bite certain places, there is bone there. and she will hopefully use her back teeth to crunch that bone up when she gets to it.
If your dog is a gulper, she may mistakenly swallow a chuck of meat or bone too big, and usually when that happens. the dog starts to regurgitate that piece, (to re-chew it). Having the skin on the chicken will help too because it is very tough and the dog will have to chew the grind through it to take a bite. (promotes chewing).
If you are super worried about the first time. (it can be scary not knowing how your dog will handle it, some are gulpers, some are not). Go ahead and offer up the entire chicken (cut it open maybe), and let her investigate it and hopefully start to eat it. pick it up when she's half way done and save the rest in the refrigerator.
hoping you won't have to worry too much about gulping. I know my dog is a good chewer and I think most are.
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