What kind of wood is bad for dogs? Surprising Answer

Why Do Dogs Chew on Things?

It is best to first understand why your dog is finding something to chew on in the first place.

Dogs trace their ancestry back to an ancient breed of wolves, Canis Lupis, who transported their prey with their mouths.

With food not being in as high of supply as a modern dog’s, these animals most likely took every bit of meat they could off of the bones, constantly chewing and sucking on them until they were clean.

This tendency, like other memories, is able to be passed down through genetics.

Dogs who are particularly anxious might pick up the habit of chewing on things, especially those who have separation anxiety.

The act of chewing on something gives the dog a way to distract themselves if they are feeling tense or scared.

And it may even be a way for them to focus on something other than pain.

Either way, it is in dog’s nature to want to chew on objects, whether it be from genetics or a habit they pick up on their own.

While there is no inherent need to discourage this, responsible owners should regulate what they allow their dogs to chew on.

Non-Toxic Wood Types

  • Acacia
  • Apple (Pesticide residue likely)
  • Ailanthus – Tree of Heaven
  • Almond
  • Aralia/Fatsia japonica
  • Ash – Fraxinus
  • Aspen – Populus
  • Bamboo
  • Barberry
  • Birch
  • Beech
  • Bois D’Arc – Horse Apple Tree
  • Bottle Brush
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Camellia
  • Citrus (lime, kumquat, grapefruit, orange, lemon)
  • Cork (not wood from the cork oak, but cork)
  • Corn Plants
  • Cottonwood – Populus
  • Crabapple – Malus
  • Crape Myrtle (not the same as Myrtle
  • Date
  • Dogwood – Comus
  • Douglas Fir – Pseudotsuga
  • Dracaena
  • Madrona/Madrone – Arbutus
  • Magnolia
  • Maple – Acer
  • Manzanita – Arctostaphylos
  • Mesquite – remove sharp parts
  • Mimosa
  • Mock Orange – Philadelphus
  • Mountain Ash – Sorbus
  • Mulberry – Morus
  • Nandina (Heavenly Bamboo)
  • Nectarine
  • Norfolk Island Pine – Araucaria
  • Nut Trees – excluding chestnut and oak
  • Orange – several sources lean toward safe
  • Oregon Grape – Mahonia
  • Palm
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pecan
  • Pine – Pinus
  • Photinia
  • Plum
  • Poplar – Populus
  • Pussy Willow – Salix
  • Raphiolepsis – Indian Hawthorn
  • Ribbonwood
  • Rose – Rosa
  • Rubber Plant – Ficus elastica
  • Russian Olive
  • Sassafras
  • Silk Tree
  • Spiraea
  • Spruce – Picea
  • Staghorn Sumac – Rhus not Toxicodendron
  • Strawberry Tree – Arbutus like Madrone
  • Sweet Gum – Liquidambar
  • Sycamore
  • Weeping Willow – Salix (Goat, Pussy, & Weeping)
  • White Alder
  • Weigela
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