There are few joys in a dog’s life that can compare to settling in on something to chew. While they may not be picky about what that is, after losing a shoe or two, you surely will feel differently! Aside from being an inconvenience for you, when dogs chew the wrong things it can be very dangerous for them.
Unfortunately, many chews designed for and given to dogs can be harmful or dangerous. This is especially true of pet products sourced or processed overseas, where efficiency and saving money is often more important than the health and well-being of the animals who will enjoy the treats.
For the safety and well-being of your best fur-friend, it is so important that factors such as the type of chew as well as the origin and manufacturing process be considered before selecting a special treat. Finding a safe supplier of dog chews, food and treats can be difficult, which is why we are so excited to tell your about Raw Paws Pet Food.
Raw Paws Pet Food
We first learned of Raw Paws Pet Food at the BlogPaws conference last May. Founded in 2014, Raw Paws provides high quality, all natural, raw pet food, bones, organs, treats and chews to customers who demand the best for their pets. All of their products are sourced and processed in the USA and Raw Paws works tirelessly to assure all vendors meet the highest quality standards.
Their commitment to quality doesn’t end there! Raw Paws Pet Food has streamlined their shipping and handling to get your order delivered to your front door quickly (often in 1-3 business days). Nervous about ordering raw/fresh food for your pet? Don’t be! Not only is shipping speedy, but raw orders arrive in a recycled styrofoam shipper; packed with dry ice in order to maintain optimal freshness and quality.
Now this is the kind of oversight we appreciate from the brands we feed to our boys!
What’s in the BOX?
Raw Paws Jumbo Bully Sticks
Raw Paws Pet Food was kind enough to send our resident taste testers a 5 pack bag of their 6” Jumbo Bully Sticks! These Bully Sticks, which are roughly .75” in diameter and 6” long, are sourced from grass fed, grain free, free range beef raised in the USA.
In addition, Raw Paws Bully Sticks are:
- Low Odor
- Free of Added Hormones
- Antibiotic Free
- Long Lasting Chews
So, Why Do Dogs Chew in the First Place?
Chewing is an instinctual desire for dogs and it accomplishes several different purposes. For puppies, chewing can help relieve the pain and discomfort of teething. Older dogs may chew for fun, mental and physical stimulation or even to relieve anxiety. Chewing also helps to keep their jaws strong and their teeth clean.
Providing safe and appropriate things to chew can help to curb behavior problems commonly associated with chewing.
Not just any chew will do!
Many chews made for dogs (especially those sourced overseas) are treated in a way that would make you quite uneasy. During the manufacture of rawhides, for example, harsh chemicals can be used to remove the hair from the hide. Manufacturers sometimes use bleaching agents and hydrogen peroxide to give rawhides that clean white appearance. They are sometimes even painted for this same purpose! Finally, they are often loaded with artificial preservatives such as arsenic and formaldehyde!
If all of these chemicals haven’t worried you enough there is another potential concern innate to rawhides: digestibility. If a large piece of rawhide is swallowed, it can cause choking or an intestinal blockage!
Bully Sticks – A Natural Alternative to Rawhide
Like Rawhide, Bully Sticks satisfy a dog’s urge to chew, while at the same time reducing plaque and tartar build-up. However, unlike standard rawhide, Bully Sticks, or bull pizzle, are 100% digestible and as a dehydrated chew, avoid the nasty chemicals used in the rawhide manufacturing process.
Time for a Chew!
Desperate for something to occupy the the dog’s attention for a few minutes during holiday preparations and hoping for a few minutes of low-supervision, quiet time (without whining for walks and attention), I decided to give these Raw Paws Bully Sticks a try. As soon as I took the bully sticks out of the cupboard, the boys (cats included) seemed to know that something special was happening and within seconds had converged on the kitchen.
Smell Me Not
Not knowing what to expect, I opened the bag and took two bully sticks out for the boys. The sticks where all the same length and approximately the same thickness. I selected the two which looked the sturdiest and the most dense in hopes that it would buy me the most time!
I was surprised to find that the sticks were not greasy, did not have a noticeable odor, and though lightweight, were densely formed. Despite the lack of smell (discernible to humans), the boys seemed to know that they were in for a special treat. Hopeful that the density of these chews would keep our strong chewers occupied for more than a few minutes, we snapped a few pictures, then let the boys retreat to corners of the room with their special snacks!
With hopeful optimism, I started to wrap presents as I watched the boys snack on their bully sticks. Though they made a cracking noise, they did not break apart under the pressure of their strong jaws. Over time, the boys appeared to loosen the hard and dense bully stick eventually, moistening it to the point that it could be torn and eaten. Feeling more confident that the bully sticks would not only stand up to their strong jaws, but a safe outlet for their desire to chew.
Chew Me Up!
More than 30 minutes later, the boys chewed on their last bits of the bully stick. Yes, you read that right, half an hour of peace! But that’s not all! Exhausted from their mentally and physically stimulating chews, the boys were ready for a quiet snooze. Mission accomplished!
Since we received a 5 pack, I gave the boys another unexpected treat a few weeks later. Though these sticks were not quite as thick as the first two, they lasted for nearly as long with the same great, exhausted-dog results!
Why MyDogLikes Raw Paws Jumbo Bully Sticks
We are always on the lookout for safe and healthy dog chews – especially those that will last more that just a few minutes! As you have seen, these Jumbo Bully Sticks from Raw Paws really fit the bill!
Not only are they all-natural and free of preservatives, but they are even sourced from free range cows. This type of commitment to animal welfare is very important to us, and we love to support companies who are leading this movement.
Our dogs loved chewing on Raw Paws Jumbo Bully Sticks and we were very pleased with how long they lasted. Harley and Charlie had only one piece of feedback: please sell these in even numbers, so there are no fights over the odd man out, last stick!
We love Raw Paws and have a bunch of their chews in our treat drawer. Last night we munched on cows ears while watching the Vikes game with Mom. We have lots of their jerky and other treats too. We love their products and they are all so healthy!
This could be the treat I’ve been looking for! Thanks so much. Hope we win!!!
Yes! Bruce Wayne LOVES them!
These sound wonderful…I stopped giving rawhides many years ago after my one Siberian Husky had a seizure and another almost choked, I had to pull out a piece of rawhide from the back of her throat. This sounds like a great alternative! Thanks for the review and for hosting the giveaway, too!
Bully sticks are a huge hit in our house! It’s the only type of chewie I will buy. I foster, and it’s always so heartwarming to watch a new, unsure foster enjoying what might easily be his very own bully stick!
Nala loves bully stick but only gets them every once and a while so she would love to win.
I have two Chi’s so the Jumbo Bully sticks would be too large for them. I will visit the page and see if I can buy a smaller size for them.
My dog loves bully sticks! They are her favorite chew bones!
Our dogs haven’t tried Bully Sticks, but I think they would like them.
Yes, our dog is definitely a bully stick fan! Just loves them.
he’s never had one, but i’ve always wanted to try!
My Bailey loves Bully Sticks he gets a lot of chewing out of them.
Would love to win them for him.
No odor! Great! Your correct, not any chew bone will do!
Mr. N is a bully stick fan!
my dog has never had this…but he is like mikie he will try everything or eat it
no my dog has not tried these
Definitely, my pup loves them!
I’ve never given my dog a bully stick but considering how much he loves rawhide, I’m sure he would love the bully sticks that much more! I’ve never been a big fan of giving him processed rawhide.
My dogs love bully sticks and they are aggressive chewers and these should do great.
Our Bella has never had them. I bet she would be though. Thank you!
My dog has never tried these-but they look like something he would love-at 120+lbs it’s hard to find a chew that lasts more then a few minutes for him. Would love to win this for him and test out to see if it would make the full half hour with my Rocky!
My two westies have not tried any bully sticks but they do love to chew. These would be great to try for them.
i bought these once for Oreo my pit bull. Maybe Honey my 11 week old shepard/dachshund mix would like it
we are a big fan of bully sticks here!
Oh my goodness, yes! And we are almost out! Now that my sister’s dog has almost no teeth left, we let her gnaw on it after my dog chews it for awhile and moistens it up for her. ?
Our dogs just love Bully Sticks we have 3 dogs and they would so enjoy these!
Yes! My dog’s love their Bully sticks.
Lily has never tried these but I have heard goo things about them. Would love for her to get a chance to try them.
Bailey has never tried bully sticks, but I’m sure he would love them!!!
Oh yes! Both of my pups are big bully stick fans.
I’ve gotten bully sticks for my dogs a couple of times. They love them (it’s just not always in my budget with four Coonhounds).
My dog has never had them but he would love some treats.
Phoenix is a big time Bully Stick fan.
the kids would love them it would take them a cople of day the are under 10 lbs i would have to split them for the kids
Our Golden, Dixie, can power thru a Red Barn 12″ braided bully stick in 45 minutes. I would love to find other brands that can keep her occupied as long, and these look like they may do the trick.
YES!! they are huge fans! of bully sticks 🙂
My dog has not tried them yet but I am sure that once he does he will be a big fan.
Abby sure is. They don’t tend to last very long around here with her. 30 minutes of peace with these two who have cabin fever at the moment would rock, haha.
They haven’t tried them before but they look good
They haven’t tried them before but they look good.
They have never had one, hope we win!
This would be a chance to try them out, but most certainly they will be a winner on the puppy’s list .TY..
My dogs have never tried these bully sticks before and I had never seen them before to even try them…yet.
I have not purchased for them but I KNOW they would be a fan.
Yes they are, especially my heavy duty chewer German Shepherd!
Bones has never tried them but I’m sure she will love them.
Beauregard loves Bully Sticks!He has never had a piece of rawhide and won’t if I can help it.
Kado hasn’t tried them yet but he is surely a fan of treats in general.
we loveeee bully sticks! keeps her busy FOREVERRR!!
Loves all treats especially ones like these
Schooner and Skipper LOVE bully sticks. They would go Bonkers with the huge bully sticks! It would keep them busy while e are gone instead of chewing up newspapers or I give them boxes to chew up to keep[ them busy.
my dog goes crazy for bully sticks!
Yes my three dogs love them
Aloha Friends. I must admit that I’ve never heard of these until now! I read the whole review of them and thay sound like exactly what my Maggie would love & need! Thank-you for letting me know about these.I’ll be looking for them now!
My Golden loves them, our Dane pup hasn’t had one yet
Definitely-Bella, Terra, and Kronos love chewing bully sticks
My doxies are huge bully stick fans!
i was looking to get YoYo some bully sticks but oh my … they were stinky lol ,so i passed. Super excited to hear about Raw Paws and paws crossed!
Have never tried them but would love too. My dog chews like crazy.
She has never had a bully stick before.
My dog would love to try these
We haven’t had the chance to try your Bully Sticks yet…we want to try them! thanks
Our Chilli dog Loves Them.
Yes both my dogs are huge fans!
Oh they love them! We just tried them for the first time a couple nights ago, they went nuts over the bully sticks!
What great timing then! Hopefully you can win some more!
My two girls Lilly & Daisy love these they get so excited every time they get them.
My pup has never had bully sticks before. Thank you for the giveaway.
Mmmh, Missy & Buzz love bully sticks and have tried a ton of Raw Paws scrumptious food!!
Thanks to all your wonderful reviews,my babies are huge Bully fans.Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for stopping by to check them out! Good luck in the giveaway!
Neither of my dogs have ever had a bully stick,but I think
they would love to try.
My dogs have never tried Bully Sticks, but I bet they would really like them.
All three of my dogs are Bully Stick fans!!
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Bully sticks but haven’t tried them yet. Anything that can occupy my corgi for about 30 minutes sounds great!
never heard of them before but I am sure my dog maggie will love them
I am certain that my dog would be a Bully Stick Fan! He loves any kind of rawhide and chewy type of treats 🙂
I have never purchased bully sticks for my dogs.
my oldest does not like them anymore, too hard for her at 14.5 yrs old. but the 2 younger girls love them…they like the thinner ones since they are small.
my dog likes bully sticks
Great treats for our larger dogs!
My dog loves bully sticks.
One of my dogs love bully sticks, but I don’t know if the other one has ever had one! I should probably get him some soon!
We haven’t tried yet but would love to!
Honey loves bully sticks. I get them for her as a reward for being calm and relaxed when we’re under sail.
BTW, you can saw through a bully stick with a hack saw. Just thought you’d want to know so no pup feels left out with an odd number in the package. 🙂
Great idea – thanks for the tip!
all 4 of ours love bully sticks!
We are actually pretty new to them, but are so glad we finally gave them a shot!
Our Bella hasn’t ever had Bully sticks before but they sound wonderful! We will have to give them a try!
I think my big boy would like to try lambs ears for dogs (dehydrated). It’s fun to watch him play with chews that are different textures and smells before he finally eats them.
Sampson would love the large ones! We are definitely purchasing some ASAP!
They really are great! Any chew tough enough to last Harley 30+ minutes is worth the money!
My dog likes bully sticks.
We haven’t tried these out yet but I know my baby would love the Dehydrated Lamb Ears & the Bully sticks as well! Sky definitely needs some chews that actually last nore than 30 seconds. I am definitely going to try some of these products, they sound perfect for us, Thank you for sharing! 🙂
After a bad experience with rawhide chews(caused siezures and death) I haven’t given my boys any ever. They are strong chewers too. These Bully Sticks sound like a wonderful treat. Would love to try them out.
My dog has not tried these but I think my dog would like esophagus beef strips.
The Goldens LOVE bully sticks. I still tend to get a little nervous with them but I know how much they love them being such strong chewers!
They are fans and would love to win some!
My dog would love to try the chicken chip treats.
Rex would really like the the Dehydrated Lamb Ears & the Bully sticks
My dog would love the bully sticks best
My Sadie would probably enjoy theJumbo 12″ Bully Sticks best.
Yes very big fan.
My pup would love the raw cow ears!
Bully Sticks rock in our house!
Yes! My Great Pyrenees is a bully stick fan! Any flavor will do for him! He would like to try some of the Raw Paws Freeze Dried Green Beef Tripe Topper, 4 oz., as well!
My dog has never tried bully sticks before but I’m sure she’d love them!
My dogs LOVE bully sticks!
I think my dogs would love the Raw Paws Chicken Breast Treats for Dogs & Cats
He hasn’t tried them, but I think he would like chicken.
YES! My dog LOVES bully sticks!! Whenever I pull one out she starts to drool automatically lol.