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7 Ways To Handle Your Puppy’s Teething
As The Modern Bark explains, “Depending on your puppy’s breed, teething will begin somewhere between 12 and 14 weeks, and the small, sharp milk teeth will begin to be pushed out by the larger adult teeth. With this developmental stage comes a new set of challenges. This is the puppy equivalent to the “terrible twos” -staircase banisters, window sills, house plants, leashes, table and chair legs, shoes and socks, all are fair game to the teething puppy that does not yet know its boundaries. If she can get her mouth around it, it’s going to be fun to destroy!” So how can one possibly survive this toothy stage of puppy teething? Here are some tips!
1 – Chew Toys
As Dogington Post shares, “Giving your pet one or two chew toys at a time will help a lot in minimizing the teething discomfort he’s going through. However, do not give your pup too many toys at once as it can train him to chew on whatever is at hand. Look for toys in pet supply stores that are made of hard rubber material and can be filled with dog biscuit or peanut butter. This way, your pup can be encouraged to focus on the toy instead of the other items around the house.” You can find some great chew toys on Amazon
2 – Ice, Ice, Baby
The Daily Puppy says to give “your puppy an ice cube to chew. For an occasional change of pace, drop one or two ice cubes in your puppy’s food bowl. Used crushed ice for toy breeds. The ice will melt and slip back into the bowl as he works on it, but it will provide soothing relief for irritated gums while it lasts.”
3 – Cold Treats
Aside from ice, you can also give your puppy frozen treats. Dogster recommends that you give your puppy frozen fruit, such as strawberries and apples (or one of these 15 fruits). You could also freeze some of their favorite canned food, or soft treats.
4 – Sprays to Deter Puppy From Chewing
When puppies teethe, they tend to chew on everything. Shoes, clothing, furniture, your hand…nothing is sacred. How can we stop puppies from chewing up the house? Well, with items such as shoes and clothing, of course, the key is to put them away where the puppy cannot reach. For furniture, however, this is a bit more difficult. Fido Savy suggests sprays that taste bitter, which will deter puppy from chewing. One product we recommend is the Chew stopper on Amazon.
5 – Be Consistent
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When puppy nips it is important that you gently but firmly show him that this is not acceptable behavior. You can do this by saying, “No,” in a firm voice and moving his mouth away from the bite site. It is important to be consistent with this. No matter how cute it may look when your puppy nips, remember that laughing at his cuteness only teaches him that this is a way to get your attention. The Nest explains more about this.
6 – Trade Up
As The Modern Bark instructs, “Whenever you find your puppy chewing on something inappropriate, correct him with a “no.” Then trade up by giving him a toy that you know he likes. Once he starts chewing on the correct toy, praise him. Always try to find a way for your puppy to be “right” and deserving of praise at the end of any training session or correction. In times when a training session has not resulted in a breakthrough, end the session with a command that the puppy knows well, so that it can be ended with a “good dog,” praise and a treat.”
7 – Herbs
There are also herbal remedies for your teething puppy. According to Dogington Post, “Herbal plants such as chamomile and lavender have soothing properties that could significantly help calm your pup during tough teething periods. Make a tea out from these herbs. Let it cool and then pour some over your pet’s dry food. You may also try injecting the tea into his mouth using a syringe. Freezing the tea into ice cubes and then allowing your pooch to chew on them is also recommended.”
Do you have a unique tip to help with your puppy’s teething? Please let us know in the comments below!