Puppies have different stages that they go through when teething, depending on your puppies breed and size depends on how long they tend to teeth. Some puppies are over it quicker than others. Depending on what stage your puppy is in during the teething phase would depend on how old he/she is.
When do puppies start teething? Puppies start getting their teeth around 16 weeks, and by 34 weeks a Puppy should have all the puppy teeth. Puppies usually stop teething around 2 years old at the latest. Puppies only teeth until their teeth fully come in. After all 42 adult teeth are in, they are no longer teething.
The fun part is during the developmental stage, where their chewing can last up to two years depending on the breed. This is the crucial part of their puppy hood that you must keep a close eye on them and your new leather shoes.
Puppies Start Teething Right Away
First, you may notice that your new pup is able to eat soft food, and they may even nibble a bit on your fingers. Puppies Baby teeth are extremely sharp as they come in and push their way to the top.
The Puppies gum get really swollen, causing them to want to relieve the pain of the tooth. Like when babies’ teeth, a puppy is just learning how to use their teeth.
At this stage, it is normal for your puppy to chew on just about anything, including your furniture! I have a few table legs that have been chewed up over the years. This “milk tooth” stage should be over by the time they are 7-8 months.
After the 8month period, the adult teeth are starting to come in, and this can last up to two years in puppies. Typically, larger breeds get their adult teeth a little quicker for some reason.
During this time frame, you want to find things that your puppy can chew on, that will not be harmful. The last thing you want is a vet bill because Fido chewed up the remote and ate the plastic. Just like a baby, they don’t really know what to chew on and what not to chew on.
What is Safe for my Puppy to Chew On?
There are several things that your puppy can chew on that is not harmful. I’ve have seen some good old home remedies over the years, a frozen towel being the most popular. Just make sure it is clean and free of any chemicals prior to freezing it.
Your puppy is probably not going to hurt themselves chewing on anything that is leather, rubber, or cloth. Even some plastic dog chew toys are okay if the plastic does not contain any harmful chemicals. I usually stick to rubber or cloth toys, and natural uncured leather.
Another favorite amongst dog owners are Frozen Carrots, this not only provides a treat but is also soothing to the gums, as the frozen towel. You just don’t need to worry about your puppy chewing on it and swallowing the pieces.
Proper Puppy chew toys are always a good idea if you want to teach them what to chew on and what not to chew on. I usually like the rubber and cloth ones, I would not get too daring here either, they are literally going to chew it up.
Ice cubes are also a good hit with some puppies, you can just drop a couple in their water bowl and let them grab them out.
How Do I Stop Them from Nipping?
Puppies have a natural response to stimuli, much like we do and most mammals. So, a puppy nipping is usually a puppy playing with another canine. It is their instinct of play to nip when playing, so they gracefully want to include their human counterparts in on the fun.
Although this can be rather cumbersome and painful, your puppy really doesn’t know that it hurts at first. You want to express the pain that you are in with the puppy, maybe letting out a loud ouch! And then backing away from them.
You want to reward their positive behavior, and when they stop nipping give them a reward to teach them that they are doing the right thing. Show them what the proper item to chew on is, and then give it to them.
Teaching your puppy to grab thing softly is crucial and should have been done in the earlier stages of puppy hood, but not all breeders are breed the same, and some breeders will not train your pup not to play with human hands, or how to softly take treats.
Take That Easy Fido
One of the best words to teach your puppy during this teething phase is easy. This one word has saved my hands from countless scars feeding treats to new dogs and puppies. You always want to use caution when trying to teach a new puppy the concept of easy.
Teaching them to grab a treat with their lips, or the very tips of their teeth can be a priceless endeavor for your new puppy. Not only will they learn to take treats easy, but they will also simultaneously learn to play easy as well.
Your puppy is learning from you, much like a baby, they pick up on your emotions, and mannerisms to get social cues that tell them how to act. So you have to approach this with confidence and ease.
Take a treat, a longer treatment and hold it at the tip. Tell your puppy to sit, and wait for them to actually sit, then repeat the word easy and don’t give them the treat until they take it calmly from your hand. This may take a few good tries, but it will work.
Remember that if your pup tries to take the treat too fast or rough, you need to display signs of negative feedback, use the NO command.
If your puppy is not trained at all the first recommendation is to teach your new pup two control words, Yes and NO, mainly the word NO.
Won’t They Stop On Their Own
Yes, your puppy will stop teething on their own without your aid. All Mammals go through the teething phase and it is perfectly natural for them to do so. In order to alleviate some worry and concerns centered around them teething. You may want to try to curve their behavior at a young age.
You can try a number of different things to help your puppy and keep them entertained.
- 1. Kennel training
- 2. Supervised chew time
- 3. Playpen or Puppy pen
- 4. Puppy proofing your home
- 5. Providing the correct chew toys
- 6. Regular Vet Visits
- 7. Proper training (not just positive reinforcement)
These simple things can help you curve your puppies behavior to your liking and not have an out of control puppy who you “can’t leave inside because he chews up everything”
Age Versus Teething
At some point your puppy will begin to become an adolescent and then on to dog hood. This usually happens in the first year two years for some breeds, so you may notice that around 6 months your new puppy begins to act out.
It is semi-important that you can distinguish between the two types of behaviors, teething and acting out. Sometimes your pup may just be chewing your new purse because he thinks it’s a toy. Teaching your puppy to only chew on what you want him to chew on is a daunting task.
And it doesn’t necessarily stop in dog hood either, I still have to take things away from my Lab and He’s 12 years old at this point. He takes things that he thinks are his, lol. One time he came into the kitchen and took a stuffed animal off of the counter that I purchased for my niece’s birthday.
The point here is that it happens, these are more miscommunications than anything else. I just kindly walked over to him, smiled and said “ that’s not for you”, and then I gave him his toy and took back the stuffed animal. He was perfectly fine.
My other two dogs do the same thing, they really do think it is for them.
How to Correct their Behavior
You should never hit your dog, remember that you are really all that they have, ever. And if your constantly “spanking” them, then they will grow up being aggressive and guarded. They don’t understand why you are spanking them, they do understand that you are upset.
There are tons of “guru’s” all trying to tell you to only use positive reinforcement and things of that nature. Yes, positive reinforcement is the way to go, but no the only way. You see your puppy is a mammal, not a doll. So they do act out, do bad things, and need to have their behavior addresses from time to time.
Personally I am A Fan of time-outs, Yes, you read me correctly, I give my dogs time-outs in their Kennels for a specified period. Sometimes the 20 minutes, sometimes the an hour, it depends on what they did. You can’t just ignore their bad behavior, just like kids you must give them boundaries to follow.
That is really what this is about, is setting the correct boundaries with your pet. If you teach them what is okay to do and what is not okay to do, they will follow your lead.