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Cowhide questions

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by ShanaRowan, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    Bear with me as I have no experience with cowhide.

    I purchased a full calf hide on Sunday and at the advice of the people who sold it to me, cut it into smaller strips. I got 18 strips that are a decent size. The hide was salted and was recently "done" so it was still somewhat damp. The pieces have been drying out in the sun since Sunday, and have hardened somewhat, but the thicker pieces (mostly the head/ears) are still a bit gooey, lol. I've been bringing them in at night so they don't get wet from dew.

    About how long will it be until they are ready for use on a spring pole? I tried using one yesterday and it ripped right off (total newb...) How far into the strip do you recommend poking the hole to attach to the pole? Any thoughts, even pictures, would be appreciated!
     
  2. SherryB

    SherryB Little Dog

    I hope you get an answer. I'm interested and haven't moved ahead to get any because I am clueless on how to use them. How interesting that you had to cut and dry it yourself.
     
  3. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    I purchased some last year, i laid them out to dry, that's as far as i got lol. Now i don't know how to soften them up some to use. lol I'm following for responses as well.
     
  4. mspair

    mspair Little Dog

    The one I got from Boogieman was hard, so assumed it was pretty well dried out. I just used a drill to put a hole in the hide in so there was at least 2-3" of hide from the end. As for timeline on drying it out, no clue. I'll be interested in the responses.
     
  5. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    hey Matt, i have a dried piece with the hole already there, came that way from Boogie, my girl just licks it though lol. Any tips?...
     
  6. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    It was very easy to cut into strips with a razor blade. They explained it would be MUCH easier to cut while wet. I also plan to use a drill to put the holes in. I don't think I'll have any problem getting them interested in it once it's on the spring or flirt pole, I just am curious how long it will be before they are ready for heavy use.
     
  7. Boogieman

    Boogieman Good Dog Premium Member

    It's late in the year to be trying to dry hides since it is getting cold and wet from dew at night. I would put it on comcrete in the sun as much as possible. When you pick it up if you are stacking up the pieces you're just prolonging the drying process. There is no set time it all depends on thickness and amount of fat still on the hide. I have never used hide off a calf but I'm assuming their skin is a lot thinner than adults so good luck with it lasting once you start using it. I could be wrong though.
     
  8. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    Thanks! Yeah, it was only $15 and was available locally, so I figured I'd try it. It's from my friends' uncle's farm, and they use it on their spring pole and it holds up to their rotties I guess so we'll see. I was stacking them when I brought them inside so I will not do that now.
     
  9. mspair

    mspair Little Dog

    Mine started licking it when it was hanging too low. I figured if I adjusted the clamps to hold it higher where she couldn't just stand and lick, but had to go up and grab on to it to pull it down to try and lick, it might work better. Once she started biting and softening it with her saliva, the hide was basically like crack to her. Does Bea like to play tug with rope toys or something similar?
     
  10. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    i have a tough time getting her to tug real hard on a rope, she will tug the hell out of any prey looking toy, so as a segue to the rope i purchased one of those Kong Knots toys, which is a rope underneath the toy and she will tug with me all day on those. It's been tricky trying to get her on this spring pole. she does express interest in the hide, but i haven't gotten her past licking it.
     

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