Tips to get a puppy through teething
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.