Is Your Puppy Teething?
So…you’ve had your new puppy for about 2 months now. If you got your new puppy at about 8 weeks, she should be about 4 months old by now…or maybe your puppy is just a little older. This may be a very trying time for you and your puppy.
At four to six months most puppies enter into the teething stage. This is the part of your puppy’s life when she will lose her baby teeth and get her adult teeth in. This can be painful for the puppy…and depending on how much you’ve trained for mouthing, nipping and chewing; it can also be a very painful time for puppy owners.
At this stage in your puppy’s life, he is going to want to chew…A LOT!
It is normal for a puppy to chew at this time to relieve some of the pain. Chewing also relieves some of the uncomfortable feelings associated with the adult teeth erupting through the gums. You can NOT safely leave your puppy alone, even for a minute, at this time in her life. One minute is a LONG time if your puppy is shredding fabric on a chair or a couch…or chewing on a chair leg. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it first hand, you’d be surprised at how much damage those ‘puppy teeth’ can do!
If your puppy hasn’t responded the way you’d prefer to your mouthing and nipping training, you may want to step up your training to a higher level. You may need to be a little stricter and NEVER allow your puppy to mouth you, at all; any more…or you may want to train more often during the day. Instead of training 3 times a day, you could step it up to 5 or 6 times through out the day, to ‘set your puppy up’ and train for ‘no bite’.
Now is the time you will want to get a handle on your puppy bearing down on human skin while playing. Redirect your puppy with appropriate chew toys and bones. Have PLENTY of toys and chews around for your puppy. I have also used frozen damp wash cloths to relieve tooth pain. My new puppies really liked when I would give them a fresh stick from a Box Elder tree. The sticks were soft enough that they could really bite down on them but they would not chip or splinter like some bones do. Sometimes you can notice a little blood on a toy or you may even find a tooth laying around that your puppy has lost. These are sure signs that your puppy has started to get new teeth. Help the little guy out by having plenty of chew toys around and never leave him loose in the house unsupervised…even if he has been a good boy for a long time!
One more note…this is also a time when the vets get lots of puppies in because they have eaten something they shouldn’t have. When your puppy chews…he also swallows. You’ll want to be just a bit more vigilant about that to. It could save you from a big vet bill!
Take care and have a GREAT week!