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    I cut the antlers that I had laying around in to section that I thought the dog could handle, then I boiled them to make sure I killed any bugs or bacteria that could possibly be in them. My dog loves them, she leaves all other toys alone.
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    Much better than other chew items, we have been using them for a year now, nice shiney teeth and they last along time... I have never boiled or cleaned them just cut them off the skull and give them to them..




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    I had slab fractures of the teeth when I allowed the dogs to chew on them. Needless to say, the dogs are not allowed to chew on them any longer.

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    I've never heard of them being used as treats, but it makes since because they love steal my scull mounts when I'm processing them.

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    I let my dog chew on older ones, that have been laying around awhile. Sometimes, she finds her own. They are not as hard as fresh off the deer.

    I wouldn't let her eat them when she was a puppy, there are a lot of minerals in them, I didn't think she needed the extra calcium.
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    My pup loves his shed antlers! They last so much longer than bones or rawhide. I just took up shed hunting this year! Even if you don't go shed hunting go buy them. they may seem expensive but they last five to ten times longer Than the alternative!
    My pup-Kanyon's Rambo With A Cause (Rambo)
    And my 2 year old- Ollie (my lab husky mix, she is a pheasant tracking machine! And the reason I started bird hunting!)

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    So if you let your pup chew on them, how do you transition to shed hunting? You don't let the pup chew on birds... how is he to know the difference between retrieving sheds and chew toys? Does it just come natural (ie when you are hunting vs at home in front of the tv?)? Getting my first full-blood lab within the year, just trying to be prepared. Thanks!
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    My girl loves sheds. I take them away when she knaws them down to nubs and give her another. I find them all the time so I don't have to pay for any.

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