Tips to get a puppy through teething

StarMetro Halifax - - DAILY LIFE - AMER­I­CAN KEN­NEL CLUB

Just like ba­bies, pup­pies go through the teething ex­pe­ri­ence, which can be un­pleas­ant for both the pup and the owner. Your puppy might chew up your shoes or other items around the house to relieve dis­com­fort.

For­tu­nately, teething is de­vel­op­men­tal and not a be­havioural prob­lem. Pup­pies be­gin to get tiny nee­dle-like teeth at two to four weeks old, while per­ma­nent teeth start to come in around three months. This process con­tin­ues un­til the puppy is around eight months old.

Mary Burch, the Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club’s ca­nine good cit­i­zen di­rec­tor, of­fers the fol­low­ing tips on get­ting your puppy through the teething stage.

Con­trol the en­vi­ron­ment. Puppy-proof your home to avoid hav­ing your pup chew on any of your per­sonal items. In­stead, make sure to have a va­ri­ety of chew toys around that they can chew on at the on­set of the dis­com­fort.

Keep ac­cept­able toys close by. Keep your pup’s toys in easy-to-reach places, which will make it eas­ier for you in the event that your puppy starts to chew on in­ap­pro­pri­ate ob­jects.

Nip­ping and bit­ing hard are not OK. It’s im­por­tant to teach your puppy that bit­ing is not OK the mo­ment they start to bite. You can pull your hand away, say, “OW!” and leave the puppy alone for a few min­utes. Then, try again so he has a chance to act ap­pro­pri­ately.

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