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The trouble with teething
The main problems with canine teething are the same as that of a young baby, and much like human children, chewing and biting can help to alleviate a lot of that discomfort. Most pet parents of teething puppies report that they see a huge increase in the amount of chewing and biting that their puppy does, and this can cause a couple of different problems.
chewing is important if your dog is to develop health, strong teeth, and keep their mind busy, but it can also be destructive if it gets out of control. Puppies who are in pain from teething may not be picky about what they chew as long as it eases their pain, and this can mean furniture, shoes, tv remotes, anything they can get their jaws around is fair game. The act of chewing causes the brain to release a chemical that distracts them from the pain they are experiencing, making it feel less potent.
It is possible that teething puppies are more likely to bite the humans or other animals in your family. This is not an act of aggression. It’s a problem that needs to be stopped immediately to prevent anyone from getting hurt and the situation from damaging the relationships between your puppy and other people living in or visiting your home.
Provide things he can chew
One of the best things you can do to support your fur baby is to provide him with things that he can chew on without being reprimanded. Choose chew toys that are purpose-designed. This is less confusing than giving him an old shoe to chew, which he could easily confuse with a newer one that you want to keep intact.
It may be a process of trial and error to find a chew toy that your dog enjoys. There is a special area in chew toys where you can poke treats for your pet to try and get out. The toys help to distract him from the pain his teeth are causing, as well as rewarding him for choosing an appropriate item to chew.
Teach him to ‘leave’
Simple, one-word commands are easy to understand and successful when training your pet. It is possible to communicate that the behavior is unacceptable by teaching your pup to leave.
The easiest way to teach this command is to play a game of tug with a toy. For a few minutes, tug with your dog. Say leave in a clear voice and offer a treat in your other hand. The toy should be dropped in favor of the treat. Reward him with a treat and praise. If you do this a few times a day, your fur baby will associate this rule with a reward and be more likely to follow it.
A safe space when you aren’t at home
Many puppies do most of their destruction when left unattended. When your pup is teething, you may want to make arrangements for a safe space for him when you aren’t at home. Most owners opt for a temporary period of crate use, whereby they place their dog into a large, comfortable crate when they are at work and/or during the night. This helps to keep your pet and belongings safe.
crate training is a process of gradual exposure, encouraging your puppy to first go near, and then in to the crate using a combination of praise and rewards. Dogs are naturally den animals, liking small, dark spaces that they can claim as their own, and so most pups will adjust to spending time in a crate in a very short space of time.
Do not allow puppy teething to get you or your pet down. Don’t hesitate to use some of the tips listed here, and seek further advice from your vet.
Contact Heart + Paw for More Advice on Puppy Teething
The teething process with your puppy should be as smooth as possible if you follow this guide. It doesn’t have to be hard for a puppy or pet parent, and the right framework can make all the difference.
Talk to your vet or consider working with a puppy trainer if you have any questions. The more well-trained your puppy is, the sooner you can start working with a professional.
We are ready to provide more information and advice on how to best get through the puppy teething stages for you and your pet. At each of our locations, we have compassionate team members who are dedicated to making sure your pet is as comfortable as possible. Book an appointment with us if you have questions about your pet’s health.