After you bring a newborn puppy home and you finally have complete house training for your puppy you think you are done but then comes the process of training your puppy how to handle teething.
Puppies usually begin this process of teething when they are four to five months of age. Teething is a part of a normal development to allow baby teeth to fall out and adult teeth to grow in. This is when puppies tend to chew and nibble anything that is around them as a way to relieve pain and pressure.
However, there are a few things that you can do as a pet owner to ensure that puppy teething is not a pain for you or your puppy!
Puppy Proof Your Home
When your puppy is going through teething they will chew anything that they can get their paws on; this can consist of your shoes, socks, magazine rack and anything that is reachable and on the ground. This is why it is important to put objects and things away so they are out of reach and out of sight.
Some puppies even chew on the coffee table legs and chairs. In order to avoid this use a bitter chew deterrent spray. They will not like the taste and most of the time will stop chewing up your furniture.
If your puppy still tends to get a hold of something you can always exchange it in for a treat or another chew toy.
Gentle Mouth Training
Gentle mouth training is a great way to stop your puppy from nibbling and chewing on your fingers.
For instance, when they bite say ouch loudly and pull away. However, if they continue say ouch and walk away. This will give them a social isolation as a form of a gentle punishment. This will allow your puppy to understand that if they bite or chew on someone they will no longer play with them.
This technique is also great, in general, to stop the idea and/or bad habit of biting and chewing on people.
Chew toys are a great distraction for your puppy and something for them to chew on rather than having them chewing on your personal items. It will allow them to give off steam from the pain that teething can cause. It is recommended to give your puppy a hard rubber dog toys because they last longer. You can even put some treats into the chew toys to promote chewing on their toys and not on your shoes.
Frozen treats are amazing when your puppy is teething, as it relieves pain. However, it is important to limit the amount of treats given to your pet to avoid weight issues. Frozen treats are great for keeping dogs cool in the summer, and they can be used to soothe teething pain in puppies.
Frozen Banana Treats
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Makes: about 16 treats
- 4 cups (32 fl oz/900 ml) plain, whole milk yogurt
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 3 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
- Blend all the ingredients to a purée in a food processor
- Pour into 4-oz/115-g plastic cups
- Freeze until firm
- Pop the treat out of the cup and watch your dog enjoy!
Quality food helps with maintaining a balanced diet, this is important when your puppy is teething. It allows for healthy teeth and makes sure that your puppy’s dental health is at optimal level. Also with a balanced, quality and healthy diet it will ensure that your pet gets the vitamins and calcium they need. This makes sure that your puppy’s teeth and bones will remain strong and healthy.
Herbs like chamomile and lavender have soothing properties which help make sure that the pain decreases. You can make it into a tea, add it to dry food or make the tea into ice cubes. This will allow your puppy to have something to nibble and chew on while teething.
Ice cubes are great as it is something that your puppy can chew on when teething. It also helps with pain relief by soothing sore gums by numbing them. It also provides hydration and a way for your puppy to cool down in hot weather and/or in the summer.
Massaging your puppy’s gums with your fingers can provide relief when they are teething. This is because it helps and allows the gums to open up to allow baby teeth to fall out. In addition, it helps adult teeth to come through.
Exercise and even playtime allows your puppy to be distracted which takes their mind off teething. It also allows them to burn off some energy so they can sleep through the teething process at night.
Visit a Vet
If you find that nothing is working and your puppy is in constant pain because of teething, it may be time to visit a vet. They will give you advice on how to deal with your teething puppy and may give your puppy some medication to help with this natural process of your puppy growing up.