Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chew this over-WHY dogs chew-Joseph Max Lewis

Chew this over

Did you ever wonder why dogs chew and if there’s anything you can do about it if its destructive?

Here are the three most common reasons why dogs chew. Obviously, dogs chew for many reasons, but the most important is too exercise their jaws. In the same way we need to use our limbs or else they atrophy, dogs instinctively know they must keep their jaws strong, in part for overall good health and in part because good teeth and a strong jaw is the only way a dog can defend itself - and you if necessary. Remember, there are no bad dogs, just owners who bought a dog that doesn’t fit their lifestyle or else doesn’t understand them.

These are the facts: Dogs need to chew and they don’t even know why. If we don’t give them something to chew, they’ll find something on their own, like table legs, your shoes or something else. Our job, then, is not to ignore that need and discipline them when they satisfy it, we need to address that instinct in a manner that’s good for them and us. We use and recommend Nyla bones these are fake bones made of used nylon which is re-melted with beef or chicken flavoring and molded into the shape of a bone. Nylas don’t hurt the dog’s teeth and as the dog chews on it - these bones are really tough - the nylon frays into strands and acts as dental floss that helps clean the dog’s teeth. Don’t worry if their gums bleed sometimes - its good for them.

Joseph Max Lewis author of The Diaries of Pontius Pilate, Separation of Church and State and Baghdad Burning.

Joseph Max Lewis served as a member of an Operational Detachment in the U.S. Army's Seventh Special Forces Group, the storied Green Berets. During his service Lewis received antiterrorist training and his detachment was tasked to "Special Projects." Afterward, he served as an instructor at the Special Forces Qualification Course. Lewis attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, and the University of Pittsburgh, receiving degrees in International Politics and Law while being certified in Middle East Studies.

After living and studying abroad, first in the Middle East and then Southeast Asia, Lewis returned home to practice law. He’s a columnist in the New Bethlehem Leader-Vindicator and author of The Diaries of Pontius Pilate, Separation of Church and State and Baghdad Burning. He currently lives, writes, and practices law in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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