Acadia Antlers 101

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WELCOME to Acadia Antlers!!

We have made so many new friends so quickly, and wanted to be sure that we give you lots of good advice, direction, and information about Acadia Antler Moose Antler dog chews!! We want you to understand what the thrill is and why so many dogs are finding that Acadia Antlers are “BUCK-ing” great! We suggest you start at the beginning…

If your dog likes to chew, but you are not sure he or she would like a moose antler, we suggest our TASTER — which is a very affordable way to try us! A taster is a strip of moose antler that is approximately 5″ long by 1″ wide. We like to say, it is the “new” bully stick — only there is no smell, no calories, and they last longer!! If your dog is a chewer, you will catch on to the magic of Acadia Antlers… For a smaller dog, you will get a nice amount of chew time from a taster, for a larger dog, we like to call it a doggie lollipop! Again, this is our way to introduce yo1506003_627681903992407_4376413389285313069_nu to Moose Antler dog chews in an affordable fashion. If your dog loves it, you move up to a size appropriate piece, and you will have a dog chew that will last for a long, long time. Our Moose TASTERS are solid calcium, they are non-splintering, and there is no mess or odor. We buy our shed antlers right out of the forest — no one sells antler as fresh as we do!! Give a taster a try for $7.00 and enjoy an all natural chew, that is made in USA!! Got Moose? We do, and you should too!! Acadia Antlers… They’re “BUCK-ing” Great!! Let us know what you think… We have the GREATEST customers around!! just check our testimonials — they are second to none!!

Here are the most popular cuts to choose from.  Remember, Deer antlers are the softest, Elk is in the middle, and Moose is the hardest antler.  It is a great, long lasting chew!

  • If you are new to Moose Antlers and not sure if your dog will like them, my best suggestion is to try a Moose Taster.  This is a great way to get started and to see for yourself that the dog is drawn to Moose.
  • If you have a puppy that is new to chewing or an elderly dog that doesn’t need to have a solid workout, I suggest the Moose Shovel Slices.  They are more porous and easier to manage.  But again, start with the Taster Slice to see if the dog likes it first.
  • If your dog is a heavy duty chewer, you need the tynes and splits.  If your dog is a super chewer, you move up to the pit bull pacifier or colossal/one-of-a-kind category.
  • If your dog needs help keeping his teeth clean, customers love the button cuts.  If you want to try a button, please contact us and tell us if your dog is small, medium, or large. We’ll check our inventory for availability and respond with pricing details. Just in case you don’t know what the button is, it is the pinnacle, or the point where the antler connects to the Moose’s head, and is the hardest part of the antler, (burr).  They are hard to come by, as a naturally shed antler only has one of them!

PLEASE NOTE:  for those that have the big guys — Newfoundlands, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Leonbergers etc., due to the popularity of my colossals at the dog shows, I am adding one of a kind colossals to the order form.  The sizes and shapes will vary tremendously to accommodate dogs that can’t be satisfied!!  One lady who specializes in dog training, told me she buys her dogs stuff to chew on that they use in zoos and her dogs still blow through them.  The colossals I sell made her very happy!!

Batons (Hardest Part of the Antler)
Acadia Antler Batons Description Suggested Dog Weight Example of Baton
Acadia Antler Batons Sizes Vary This cut is suggested for a hearty chewer. Acadia Antlers Baton

Pit Bull Pacifier (Variety of Sizes)
Pit Bull Cut Description Suggested Dog Weight Example of Pit Bull Pacifier Cut
Pit Bull Pacifier Sizes vary and graduate in size. This cut is suggested for a hearty chewer. Acadia Antlers Pit Bull Pacifier

Powerhouse Splits (Variety of Sizes)
Powerhouse Splits Description Suggested Dog Weight Example of Powerhouse Split
Powerhouse Splits Sizes Vary These are ……. . Acadia Antlers Powerhouse Splits
Personalized Powerhouse Splits Sizes Vary These cuts can also be personalized. Acadia Antlers Personalized Powerhouse Splits

One-of-a-Kinds
One-of-a-Kinds Description Suggested Dog Weight Example of Custom Cut
Crown Cuts Sizes Vary These are very unique cuts and are not often available. Please contact us to inquire about availability and pricing. Acadia Antlers Crown Cuts
Custom Cuts Sizes Vary This cut is suggested for a hearty chewer. Acadia Antlers Custom Cut
Individual Shed Sizes Vary This cut is suggested for a hearty chewer. Acadia Antlers Individual Shed

Moose RAC (Rope Antler Chew
Acadia Antlers Moose RAC (Rope Antler Chew) Description Suggested Dog Weight Example of RAC
Acadia Antlers RAC Pieces of moose antler on 100% organic cotton rope made in USA Acadia Antlers Moose RAC’s (Rope Antler Chew) are available in graduating sizes. Acadia Antlers Small RAC

Moose Dust (Food Topper)
Acadia Antlers Moose Dust Description Suggested Dog Weight Example of Acadia Antlers Moose Dust Food Topper
Acadia Antlers Moose Dust 5 oz. shaker bottle A sprinkle of our Moose Dust on dry kibble will entice the pickiest of eaters. A taste of the wild made of natural nutrients, hypoallergenic, and great for raw diets!! Not just for dogs, all animals need calcium – reptiles, birds, cats, turtles, rabbits, rats, ferrets… Acadia Antlers Moose Dust

Moose Tasters (An Affordable Way to See if Your Dog Likes Moose Antlers)
Acadia Antlers Moose Taster Cut Description Suggested Dog Weight Example of Moose Taster
Acadia Antlers Moose Taster Approximately 5″ long by 1″ wide This cut is suggested for those new to Moose Antlers at any size. Acadia Antlers Moose Taster

Interview with Groomer to Groomer on GroomerTV at SuperZoo (beginning at 2 minutes into the program).

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During this interview, Carol describes several of the Acadia Antler cuts.

Due to the raw, natural form of moose antler, Acadia Antlers (Acadia Partners LLC) disclaims any liability resulting from your dog chewing on this product. You know your dog’s chewing habits and instincts, but you still need to supervise your pet while enjoying this natural, raw product. As always, please feel free to email any questions or concerns you have!! (acadia.antlers@hotmail.com).

 

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Our friends at Pet Business Magazine wanted our input  on their story about all natural chews

Natural Chewy Goodness
by Nora Caley
December 1, 2014
The market for natural dog chews continues to grow as consumers seek safer products with added benefits.
Dogs are not exactly picky about what they put in their mouths. Pet owners, however, are becoming increasingly selective about what their dogs consume—not only for meals, but also between meals. Consumers are seeking natural chews for their dogs, and they want these products to have other features and benefits besides just a lack of artificial ingredients. Manufacturers say that means opportunity for retailers that offer natural chews.

“We are experiencing a continuous growth pattern in this category,” says Laura Herr, co-owner of Jones Natural Chews Co., in Rockford, Ill. “There is a high demand for sourced and made in the USA and naturally processed chews.”

According to The American Pet Products Association’s 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey, 62 percent of dog owners purchased chews for their dogs in 2012, up from 58 percent in 2010. Rawhide remained the most popular type of chew, purchased by 83 percent of dog owners, but was down from 89 percent in 2010. Other chews included small knotted bones (27 percent), large knotted bones (23 percent), sticks (37 percent), twists (17 percent) and strips (15 percent). On average, dog owners bought chews about five times over a 12-month period.

Also according to APPA, 35 percent of dog owners bought natural parts chews, such as cow, lamb and pig parts, up from 28 percent in 2010. Fifteen percent bought synthetic chews, such as starch and plastic bones.

“It seems like the product line, in general, is in demand, and it is getting more placement in more stores, which does result in more movement,” says Herr. She adds the retailers that succeed in the natural chews space are the ones that offer items for all dogs, such as a pig ear snack for small dogs and beef knuckles for large dogs.

Doug Martin, president of Treat Planet in St. Louis,  agrees that natural chews make up what continues to be a growing category, and he points to pet owners’ ongoing fear of tainted items produced overseas as a major factor. “Consumers are constantly looking for healthy, long-lasting treats for their dogs, and natural chews are a great alternative that consumers feel good about giving their dogs,” he says. “The concern over China chews is one of the drivers of consumer awareness on the health aspects of chews. Consumers are looking for new chews that are 100-percent U.S. made that are healthy for their pets.”

People also want natural products that feature U.S.-sourced ingredients. Treat Planet’s Etta Says! brand recently launched Mega Chews, made with buffalo, turkey and elk proteins, that feature 100-percent U.S. content. Quality and health are important components of dog chews, Martin says, and people look at a “Made in the USA” label as an indication of those features.

Martin adds that consumers also pay attention to other safety features, such as whether the chew can be a choking hazard. With this in mind, the Etta Says! brand uses a proprietary manufacturing method that breaks down rawhide  to very small particles. “We then add our premium proteins such as duck, deer, buffalo, etc., to the product and mix it like a cookie dough. The mix is then extruded and baked. This gives us a product that will easily break down and is not a choking hazard,” Martin explains.

Natural Benefits and Beyond
Although Made in the USA does not necessarily mean the product is natural, consumers who shop for natural chews often seek domestically made and sourced dog chews. Carol Plescia, owner of Acadia Antlers in Ramsey, N.J., says dog owners are aware that Chinese-made jerky and rawhide chews can contain formaldehyde and other dangerous chemicals. “The problems coming out of China are very serious to people with dogs,” she says. “The more exposure of the repercussions, the more people want to investigate what is safe and healthy for their dogs.”

What is safe and healthy, she says, are Acadia Antlers moose antlers sourced from Maine, where a network of entrepreneurial “shed hunters” use ATVs, snowshoes, and snowmobiles to look for naturally shed moose antlers. Plescia says moose antlers are harder than the more common deer and elk antlers, and they are a natural source of calcium and other nutrients. The company also manufactures Moose Dust, ground antlers that dog owners can sprinkle on dog food to make the kibble more appealing.

To make antlers more appetizing to dogs, Long Beach, Calif.-based Redbarn Pet Products launched Redbarn Naturals Bully Coated Antlers. “While antlers are a very long-lasting, tough chew, many dogs aren’t drawn to them,” says marketing manager Michelle Schell. “By adding our bully coating to our Redbarn Naturals Bully Coated Antlers, we have made them delicious and highly palatable.”

The company also recently launched Redbarn Bully Coated Cow Ears, which are coated with bully coating and then slow roasted to a crunchy texture. These chews have an added benefit, says Schell. “Not only is this a high protein, tasty treat, chewing on crunchy treats helps to promote healthy teeth and gums.”

Another trend in natural products is the use of a single ingredient. Richmond, Va.-based Barkworthies manufactures beef, chicken, lamb and other chews without chemical additives. The company added several Made in the USA products this year, including bully sticks, antlers, chicken jerky and sweet potato chews.

“Consumers are demanding products that provide what I call ‘clean nutrition’—products which feature no added grains, sugars, preservatives, additives, hormones or antibiotics,” says Bill Chilian, vice president of marketing for Barkworthies. “Even through the recession, we’ve seen a consistent increase in demand and believe the trend will accelerate as the pace of economic growth increases.”

Another trend is the well-publicized practice of giving dogs products that humans might appreciate. Mukilteo, Wash.-based Himalayan Dog Chew manufactures a hard cheese snack using a traditional process from the area around Mount Everest. The chews are based on a snack that people of the Himalayas chew. “We are fortunate to have such a strong demand and following for our Nepalese cheese,” says marketing manager Laura Baugh. “Our products have always been natural, and we are happy to be providing people with the best products to feed their companions.”

Earlier this year, Himalayan Dog Chew launched Yaky Charms, treats that the dog owner “pops” in a microwave. Baugh says consumers seek items that will give their dogs longer, happier lives. “Pet parents look to the natural category to provide safe and healthy alternatives,” she says. “What makes a product stand out is maintaining this integrity while still being competitive in the chew category.” The chews do not stain or emit an unpleasant smell.

The odor is another important feature of natural chews. “We hear from consumers that they love lasting chews, but not the odors or staining that are typically associated with the chew category,” says Glenn Novotny, vice president of sales and marketing for Oakland, Calif.-based Emerald Pet Products. The company developed limited-ingredient, grain-free Twizzies All Natural Chews to address this consumer demand. The newest chews are Smart n’ Tasty Twizzies Natural Chews in Piggy, Turducky and Chicky. “As winter arrives, we see customers looking for chews they can feed indoors without creating a mess or odors in their house,” says Novotny.

Natural chews are an easy category to define, says Scott Corsi, managing director for Milwaukee-based Exclusively Pet Inc. “It really comes down to it is not processed in any way, which changes it from its natural state,” he says. “People want to be able to pronounce the ingredients, not 20-syllable words and things you would not recognize.” Exclusively Pet’s newest product is three-ounce Jumbo Crunchy Bones.

Retailers Can Benefit
Most retailers recognize natural chews make up a hot category, says Corsi. “People are looking for natural food and treat type items,” he says. “Information is flowing so fast on social media.” He notes that some retailers use earth tones in their signage to highlight natural products, taking a cue from high-end natural food stores. Some pet specialty stores even have dedicated natural sections.

Corsi adds that it is important for retailers to call attention to this area, as the effort may eventually lead to sales of other natural products. Consumers who are not sure if they want to spend money on a natural food might try a natural snack or chew, then return to buy the more frequently needed kibble or cans. “There is nothing bad about natural,” he says. “I don’t think natural is going away anytime soon.”

Displays can help too. Treat Planet provides a wooden display case to hold the Etta Says! chews. There is also a wooden holder for the three-foot Duck Chews. That display takes up one square foot of floor space, so retailers do not have to remove other products from the shelves to make room for the item.

It also helps to talk to retailers about the different products. Plescia spends time talking to retailers about the different sizes of Acadia Antler products and their suitability for various dog breeds.  Some shapes are better for stronger chewers, and some are designed for pet owners who are not sure their dogs will like antlers. “It’s just a matter of getting good information out to retailers,” she says. “They are under the gun to make a profit.”