Wood for teething
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!