You may have noticed your dog’s near-euphoria when you offer them a bone; a naked, no-meat-on-it bone. What is the reason for this? They appear to be difficult, if not painful, to eat, have little or no nutritional value, and don’t taste particularly good. Can they, or can they not? There’s a lot more to bones than we think, and they’ve always been a good source of minerals and fat. Dogs have specially designed teeth and powerful jaw muscles to tear through even the toughest bones, and they may even enjoy the cerebral stimulation and exercise that chewing on bones brings. So it’s possible that there’s more to that joyful sensation than we know.
Whay Do Dogs Like Bones?
Dogs are fond of bones for a variety of reasons. To begin with, any meat fragments left on the bone, as well as the bone marrow inside, are both nutritious and delicious. Second, chewing on bones stimulates the mind, strengthens the jaw muscles, and is a natural technique to remove plaque and tartar from teeth while massaging the gums.
To you and me, a bone may not appear to be a delicacy, but for dogs, it can taste almost as good as the steak or roast from whence it came. Let’s dig a little deeper into the reasons why dogs enjoy bones.