Is my puppy teething or do I really just taste this good? Finding your puppy’s baby teeth in your carpet can be frightening, but finding half eaten flip-flops in your closet is downright terrifying! During the teething phase, baby teeth will fall out and new adult teeth will push their way through. This process can be painful for your pup and for your household upholstery.
It is important to remember that your puppy is chewing everything in sight out of necessity, and not spite. The teething process hurts, and your pup will gnaw on anything and everything to alleviate the pain. It is important for you to teach your puppy what is for teething and what is not. Make sure there are plenty of toys and chewing options available around the house. If you see your pup going after shoes, the couch or carpet simply replace the object that should not be chewed with a chew toy to teach your pup what is okay to gnaw on and what is off limits. If you are just starting out in your teething journey then check out our Teething 101 article for a full breakdown.
If you are consistent with the training steps then your pup will quickly get the idea, and will even prefer his toys to your hands, feet or furniture.
Tips To Help With Puppy Teething:
Keep lots of toy options available.
During this phase, the more chew toys the better! Rotate the toys to keep your pups interest level high.
Cold chew toys or frozen carrots for sore gums.
Some pups like ice cubes, so load up a bowl and let him have at it.
Use a light leash to stop the nipping.
If your puppy keeps nipping at your hands try to keep your pup on a light leash. Use the leash to keep your pup close by at all times and away from the furniture!
The teething process lasts 1-3 months.
Don’t fret if you find baby teeth in the carpet, or some blood spots on chew toys, it is natural and will be over soon.
Don’t yell at your pup, go face to face with him, or grab his muzzle to correct him. A hostile response might scare your pup and teach him not to like hands reaching toward his face.
Teething can be one of the most difficult processes for new puppy parents. Keep your spirits high and help your pup through this painful period.
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And remember, puppyhood is fast and is gone before you know it. Make sure to savor the time when your pup is young, and take lots of pictures along the way!