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Puppy Teething
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Puppy Teething

Once you have your new puppy home and settled in you will notice that your puppy likes to chew. Everything and anything goes in the mouth. Left out that pair of pumps that you searched for three weeks to find? Yum. How about the hubby's steel toed work boots, pup finds these absolutely delectable. So much for safety shoes. The one I always loved was coming home and finding a disemboweled diaper all over the living room. Needless to say having had more than a few pups go through this house we have pretty much seen it all.

What is Teething?

Teething happens when the puppies baby teeth (deciduous teeth) fall out and the new permanent ones begin to work through the gums. Chewing relieves the pain of "cutting" new teeth and helps the permanent teeth work through their gums.

How Long Does it Last?

Teething starts when your pup is around 12 weeks old. It will continue through 7 months of age. The initial teeth to fall out are the front teeth, the last ones are the back teeth and will fall out around the 6th to 7th month. Chewing will continue throughout the teething process.

Puppy Proof

Your first defense is a god offense. Pick it up. Find a safe storage area for your stuff and then, get down on the floor, put on your puppy goggles (look at the world from a puppy's perspective) and see what sort of attractive stuff is available for a pup that wants to chew.

Provide Good Alternatives

When you have tucked all the tempting nuggets away, stop at the pet store and find some really good stuff for the pup that it's allowed to have. Stuffed toys can be good make sure there are no buttons and expect that they won't last long unless they are made of really strong stuff. Squeekers can be good and bad. They are very nice to get the pups attention but make sure your pup doesn't swallow it. Some pups will keep at it until that little hard plastic piece is extracted.

If you don't mind the smell of smoked beef, the beef shank bones are a good chew exerciser. Nylabones are also a good alternative. Sometimes Nylabones are not very attractive to pups, get them started by rubbing them with peanut butter or simmer them in chicken stock for 15 minutes or so. Once the pup starts chewing on the Nylabones they will be a favorite toy. Replace them when the ends are worn down to a sharp point.

If you are attentive to your pup's needs while it is teething, you can make it through this phase. When you find the pup chewing on non-appropriate items, redirect it to something that is sanctioned. Remove the problem article and put it where it won't be found again. Keeping this up while the youngster is in its impulsive stage will eventually get through that small brain and you will find that the problem behaviors are a thing of the past.


Street Talk

I have lost many shoes while raising my precious dogs...!

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  about 2 years ago

Nice article! Didn't realize puppies chew for that reason. Thanks. Great idea with boiling in chicken stock or putting peanut butter.

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  about 2 years ago

Good article Craig, have two labs and you have to be on your guard at all times. Leave something down and swoosh its gone.

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  about 2 years ago

If I had one dollar for every pair of shoes I have donated to my labs when raising them, lol

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  about 2 years ago
Meredith  

Love the Nylabones, can't go wrong with them. Safe & Effective. Keeps "them" SAFE & your Good Stuff too.

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  about 2 years ago

Good article, thanks for the information Craig.

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  about 2 years ago
Johnney  

When we first got our English Mastiff, Hershey, at 12 weeks, one of the first things she chewed up was one of The Dog Whisperers' books I had just purchased to help me learn some training tips, guess what I learned. If anything is reachable by your pup, it''s fair game, especially while they are teething. Went through a couple of Remotes before Hershey taught us to put things in their proper place. Yea, a puppy can really help you to become better organized. that's for sure. One of the tricks we used while Hershey was teething, was to take a wet rolled up washcloth and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours and then give it to her to chew on. Very effective, she loved it , and stills does in fact, she's 5 1/2 now. Thanks for the read Craig.

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  about 2 years ago
  

That can work, I hesitate to recommend it as a washcloth down the gullet can lead to an expensive vet visit. Especially with Labs, they eat frickin' everything. On more than one occasion I have heard of intestinal blockages and surgical removal of these items.

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  about 2 years ago
Johnney  

Which I why I never let my dog chew or eat anything unsupervised, because you never know what might happen.

  
  about 2 years ago
Joan S  

We used to get our dogs raw hide bones, then learned they're not good for them. Is that true? Then we were told not to give the dog a real bone because of splinters. Vet said a real bone is okay as long it's a fresh bone from the butcher, and there are no loose parts. And you need to keep your eye on the dog. What do you advise Craig?

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  about 2 years ago
  

Cooked bones will splinter. I'm a big fan of the Smoked shank bones that you can get at the pet stores. Chicken bones are the worst when cooked as they splinter and will cut their way through many vital areas. If you go with bones get the raw ones directly from the butcher many grocery stores will trim one for you at the meat counter or even may have a few in the back from the day's work. As for rawhides, I have given them to my dogs in the past. They usually come back up in various piles of disgusting mess. I don't know if they are bad but I stopped giving them to the dogs since I didn't want to clean that up. I'm guessing that given the processing requirements for rawhide chews they probably are not the best thing for your dog. Nylabones are my choice of chews but the dogs need some incentive to get started on them. And woe betide the person that steps on them in the dark in the middle of the night.

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  about 2 years ago
Golfspice  

If I ever get a dog, I know where to come for good tips!

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  about 2 years ago
  

Thanks, sorry you are dogless at this time, they are a joy!

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  about 2 years ago
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