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Old 11-13-2012, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I mentioned this in another thread, so sorry if I sound like a broken record, but am hoping for comments from more people on this.

Do you think it's OK to give a GSD puppy a portion of old furniture to chew on, making sure I remove anything like nails etc.? I did this with my previous GSD puppy, took the back of an old dining room chair off and gave it to him when he tried to chew on our furniture. He understood, and only chewed on his chair back from then on, till he was done teething. No harm came of it.

So, I'm wondering, now that I'm older and wiser, if I should have done that -- varnish, stain, etc. Or if it was just fine, and would be so again. After all, if it is an old piece the varnish and stain are very old. Nothing got chewed off the chair back anyway, just a lot of little puppy teethmarks in it. I am not keen on giving him bull dongs, no rawhides of course, the himalayan cheese apparently causes loose stools, our other dog was totally uninterested in nylabones and the like..., plus I'm picky about where things are made -- well, it's always something... !!

Obviously I'd make sure it was smooth and rounded and not the kind of thing that would splinter or have pieces chewed off of it. And I would supervise him. They really like wood! We got to have a 3-month old puppy here overnight recently. He was lying under my chair, which has cabriole legs, and all of a sudden I heard him gnawing on something. It was the chair leg!
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Absolutely NOT. Aside from the dangers of splintering wood getting lodged in the roof of his mouth or else where, you do not want to encourage any chewing of things puppy should not chew. The same as giving a puppy an old shoe to chew, makes the pup think shoes are chew items.
There are tons of proper chewing items to choose from.
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I agree, absolutely not. This could be potentially dangerous, both to the puppy's health and to any wooden furniture, doorframes, etc.. in your home that you don't want a dog developing a taste for.
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We had a scare a few months back when Suki ate a piece of mulch that was too sharp. We would never give her wood to chew on intentionally. Try an elk antler - our pup loves hers. Same density as wood but does not split or splinter and is safe to eat.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What's wrong with bully sticks?

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Old 11-13-2012, 04:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A small splinter can lodge in her gum, along side a tooth. Very, very painful and you wouldn't notice it until infection has set in.

A very costly mistake.
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Agree, I think it's a bad idea. I am not wild about my dogs chewing on sticks outside, but as we live in the woods it's hard to always keep them away from sticks.

I would just keep experimenting with the different chew toys/products out there. I have found that brand new Nylabones are not that appealing to my dogs, but once they get them started they are a lot more into them. Also the white plastic is not as appealing as the beige plastic ones.

How about deer or elk antlers? You can get ones locally or from the US at least.
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They won't be able to differentiate between old furniture and your antique china cabinet when it come to chewing.
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OK, stand corrected, and am grateful for everyone's frank and honest advice. Thanks! Yes, we will get deer antlers. I've heard about beef tendons now -- are those safe, or are they just another name for rawhides?

Bull dongs... say what you want about me but just can't mentally bring myself to let my dog suck on a, er, well on a penis.
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