Antlers for Dogs, Who Knew?

I am constantly surprised by how many people haven't heard of antler dog chews. I was just at the kennel today dropping off our dog Kofi when I asked the girl at the front desk if they sold antlers for dogs. She looked at me funny, so I had to explain the why, what and how. The other girl working immediately exclaimed that she gives them to her dogs all the time. Hopefully it doesn't stay a secret for too long :)

Remember to share this great organic treat with all of your friends and family. Let's get the word out, that antlers for dogs are the best chews money can buy!

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Even More Dog Facts

Last one, I promise:

  • The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world. France has the second highest
  • Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them
  • The average dog can run about 19 mph. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph
  • The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived 29 years and 5 months. In human years, that is more than 160 years old
  • The most intelligent dogs are reportedly the Border Collie and the Poodle, while the least intelligent dogs are the Afghan Hound and the Basenji

Look for coming promotions on our antler dog treats!

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More Fun Dog Facts

Here are some more random dog facts:

  • Dog trainers in ancient China were held in high esteem. A great deal of dog domestication also took place in China, especially dwarfing and miniaturization.
  • It costs approximately $10,000 to train a federally certified search and rescue dog.
  • A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second and can hear sounds four times farther away than a human can.
  • Petting dogs is proven to lower blood pressure of dog owners.
  • A person standing still 300 yards away is almost invisible to a dog. But a dog can easily identify its owner standing a mile away if the owner is waving his arms.
  • Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air

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Fun Dog Facts

 Here are a few random facts about our dogs:

  • A dog’s heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest dog on record was a Yorkshire Terrier in Great Britain who, at the age of 2, weighed just 4 ounces.
  • Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws
  • During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply caravans
  • The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club in the United States, was founded in 1884
  • Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and discreet, though slightly temperamental
  • A dog's favorite treat is an antler chew (ok, maybe we added this one)

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Finding Antler Sheds for Your Dog

Heading out into the great outdoors with the goal to hunt for shed antlers can be an exciting and rewarding adventure. Some people do it for recreation and others do it with commercial interests in mind, —like antler dog chews. If you're wanting to test your luck at finding sheds, here are a few tips to help improve your odds.

Deer and Elk lose their antlers once a year so they can grow new, usually larger antlers. When you see a deer with the soft, furry antlers, those are known as "velvet" antlers.  Deer start growing their velvet antler immediately after shedding their previous antlers.

There is no denying that the the most important factor in having a successful shed hunt is the time of year you go. Most deer shed their antlers between the months of December and March, so as you might expect, this is the ideal time to go. If you go looking for shed antlers too late in the year, there's a chance that the shed antlers will be damaged or eaten by squirrels and rodents.

So where is the best place to look? Easy, where ever the deer are. You can look for signs of deer (bucks especially) such as antler scrapings, droppings, tree rubs, and even deer themselves. Hopefully this will give you an idea on the number and sizes of the bucks in the area. 

Another effective way to track deer is by following trails. Game animals will tend to stay on trails by habit, so by following a trail you have a good chance of coming across some shed antlers. Most important, keep your eyes open. Look not only at the ground, but also at eye level in the trees and branches. It is not uncommon for bucks to lose their antlers in branches when running down a trail.

Another great place to look is at a water source. You have to realize that deer will lose their antlers just about anywhere. There's really no set rule as to where you can find antlers, but start with places where deer are likely to be.

Some antler hunters even use dogs to find them. We all know that their sense of smell is superior to humans, and in turn can find more than what you and I could alone.

Most important, have fun!

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