Is puppy teething causing your pup to chew on everything in sight? Well, the good news is that it is normal and will not last forever!
* Puppies will start getting their first puppy teeth when they are about 2 to 3 weeks old. (these are their milk teeth or "baby" teeth)
* Most breeds of puppies have 28 teeth in total with 14 on the top and 14 on the bottom.
* Most breeds of adult dogs have 42 teeth in total with 21 on the top and 21 on the bottom.
* You may start finding small puppy teeth that have fallen out around the house starting when your pup is about 4 months old.
* Puppies grow new permanent teeth when they are about 4 to 6 months old when they start to lose their “baby” or puppy teeth.
* The puppy teething phase will last several weeks before all the new permanent adult teeth have grown in.
* During this time, your pup will feel the need to chew on everything he can as it helps alleviate the discomfort of their gums.
* This is a great time to teach your pup which things are acceptable to chew on and which things are not.
A very cute idea I heard is the little girl of the house had found one of her puppy's teeth that had come out so she asked her parents if she could put it under her pillow for the tooth fairy. And guess what? In the morning there were dog treats under her pillow! What a fun idea for young kids!
1. Give your puppy a variety of things that are safe and acceptable to chew on and keep her away from things that are not safe such as electrical cords and your belongings in general.
2. Give your puppy frozen items as the cold soothes their sore gums. Some things that work well are frozen carrots or ice cubes made from either water or broth.
3. Another idea that works well is to tie a rag or old towel in a knot and soak it in water or broth before freezing. Your puppy will enjoy the flavor of the broth.
4. Do not give your pup old shoes or socks to chew on as she will not be able to tell the difference between old shoes and new shoes... she will just learn that all shoes and socks are acceptable chew toys.
5. To help alleviate discomfort there are many great chew toys (including rope chew toys) for your puppy to chew on plus you can freeze these toys before giving them to your pup.
6. Fill natural bones with: peanut butter, cheese whiz or cream cheese then freeze and give these to your pup to enjoy. (Make sure to take away if it starts to splinter)
7. Make sure your puppy has plenty of exercise and play time to avoid boredom.
8. Replace your puppy’s toys every few weeks to keep him from getting bored. (You don’t necessarily need to buy more toys just take away a few and replace them with a few others to keep it interesting.)
9. Keeping your pup in a crate while you are away from home for short periods of time will keep your pup safe and your belongings safe from those sharp puppy teeth. (Make sure to leave some chew toys along with a cozy blanket or cushion inside the crate.)
The incessant chewing during the puppy teething period will slow down once your pup has had all his permanent adult teeth come in. It is important to realize that all puppies go through this stage and will eventually grow out of it.