I understand that for puppies, it's not only good for them to chew, it's necessary. Thus, a good chew toy is far better than, say, my slippers.
But I'm talking about a full-grown dog. Or, at least in the case of my buddy Max, a 13-month-old, darn near full grown. Does having chew toys around perpetuate the idea that they should chew? I mean, does it keep them chewing when, maybe, they shouldn't be chewing anymore?
Or is chewing a life-long thing for a dog? And so, as with a puppy, a chew toy is far better than slippers or the couch. And, if you think the chew topys are a life-long thing, should they be eaten? That is, are the kind of chew toys that splinter up and get swallowed okay? Or should I concentrate on the kind that cannot be eaten, or take them away when they start to break up?
Thanks. I'm really curious about this.