I posted not too long ago about how we had sometimes given Oscar pressed rawhides to keep him busy, and how we had recently purchased a bully stick for him to try. Well, I did some further reading and I'm wondering now why we even bothered with pressed rawhides to begin with. (Actually, one reason would be that we get most of our pet supplies from PetSmart, and while they have a big bulk section of rawhides, they don't seem to carry bully sticks and I'm not sure why.)
I am now firmly on the bully stick side of the rawhide/bully stick debate. I thought this was an interesting read. There is some general information about bully sticks here. It just seems to me that bully sticks are a safer alternative. They are also a good alternative to Kongs filled with peanut butter and other treats, which we leave with him when we are at work. Bully sticks are only a treat for when we're with him. Plus, he seems to love them and they keep him occupied when we need him to be calm and quiet for a while. He's actually got two bully sticks with him in these pictures - the white chunk is the last piece of his braided bully stick, and the long piece is the one I gave to him to enjoy not knowing that he had been munching on the other piece. We're taking care of that urge to chew for sure, though I have to say the smell is not the most appealing (but luckily it's pretty faint).