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During teething, it's normal for your adorable puppy to bite and chew everything. This doesn't have to interfere with your bonding time, though. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to help your pup learn what to chew, and what's off-limits. Read on to learn more, and to make teething easier on both you and your puppy!
Teething is a natural process for puppies, just like it is for humans. But, the accompanying nipping and chewing behaviors may feel like a challenge.
Puppies get their baby teeth around 2-4 weeks of age. Then, shortly after you acquire them (around3-4 months old), they start losing their baby teeth. Adult teeth come in to replace those baby teeth, and this teething process usually lasts 1-3 months.
During this time, pups can experience pain as the new teeth erupt into place. Chewing helps your puppy relieve their pain and stay more comfortable. Add to the fact that puppies (who don't have thumbs like we do) use their mouths to explore the world and to pick up toys and food. So, it's understandable that they're prone to putting everything in their mouths during this time. Here are some ways to ensure safer chewing and healthier teething habits:
Plan Ahead For Success
Offer a Fun Alternative
Is your adorable puppy disappointed they can't chew up your shoe or antique chair leg? Don't worry - you've go something way better to offer them!
When in doubt with a particular toy, supervised playtime is best.
Be Your Puppy's Teacher
Teaching behaviors you WANT to see, rather than focusing on what you don't want. Now that you have plenty of toys available. Train your puppy to play with those rather than nipping at your hands and feet.
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How are things going with your new puppy?
By now you’re probably chuckling when they chase their tail and taking some adorable selfies together.
In the midst of bonding and making new memories, you don’t want to be distracted by safety concerns.
So, try these tips to “puppy proof” your home—so you can avoid worries and keep your focus on more important things… like puppy kisses.Puppy-Proof Your Home: 7 Things to Avoid if You Have a New Puppy
Your new pup is very smart.
But everything is new to them. They have an inquisitive mind and love to explore—that’s how they learn.
However, just like human babies, puppies need our guidance on what’s safe to play with and what’s not.
By puppy proofing your home, you can help your new pup avoid accidents and other safety concerns—and promote a fun puppyhood of safe exploration and playtime.
Try these tips…
1. Know Which Foods Dogs Should Avoid
Many foods that are perfectly safe for humans are not for dogs.
Some people foods to avoid include:
In general, it’s best to check with your veterinarian prior to offering any people food or table scraps.
2. Lock up the Garbage Can
Your puppy has an amazing nose—in fact, while human beings only have about 6 million olfactory (smell) receptors, dogs have up to 300 million!
So, your little puppy will probably smell all sorts of food scraps and other tempting things in your garbage can.
However, the trash can hold some things you wouldn’t want your puppy getting into—like spoiled food, bones, or even plastic bags that could be swallowed or get stuck on their head.
Fortunately, this problem is easy to avoid—just get a trash can with a securely closing lid, or close the can in a cabinet with child proof cabinet locks.
3. Keep Medicines and Chemicals out of Reach
Just like your garbage can, you’ll want to keep medications and chemicals (such as cleaning substances, antifreeze, pest control products, and even spare batteries) far away from your curious pup’s mouth.
Puppies like to chew—especially during their teething phase—so you’ll want to be sure the things they put in their mouth are chew toys rather than bottles that contain medicines or other substances.
And while we’re talking about medicine, remember—many human medications aren’t safe for pets, so always check with your veterinarian prior to giving medicine for any reason.
4. Safety Check Your Pup’s Toys
There’s no doubt about it—puppies love toys! They’re usually up for chewing, playing tug-of-war, and chasing or fetching many times per day.
Since puppies like to chew, check their toys at least once daily for missing or loose pieces, holes where stuffing could be pulled out, and loose or unraveling strings.
The reason is, you want to be sure your puppy doesn’t accidentally swallow small pieces that could cause an intestinal blockage.
Supervised playtime is best. But if you need to leave a toy with them while you’re out, look for sturdy toys designed for teething.
Also keep small items like coins, rubber bands, pens, lipstick, etc. out of reach.
5. Secure Electrical Cords
Electrical cords don’t make good chew toys—they can result in electric shocks and mouth burns.
So, find sturdy cord covers (such as PVC tubes), or reroute cords out of puppy’s reach.
6. Have a Plan for Houseplants
Some plants, such as lilies and sago palms, are toxic for pets and best avoided altogether.
But even “safe” plants can cause a lot of tummy upset if ingested. Plus, you probably don’t want your curious puppy to dig or chew up your flowers.
So, place houseplants out of your puppy’s reach. And check with your veterinarian if you’re not sure which plants are safe for pets.
7. Practice Pool Safety
If you have a pool and you want your puppy to try swimming, always provide supervision and, be sure to lock the pool door so your pup can never fall in when you’re not around. Use Safe Spaces at First
Until they’re older and you feel comfortable letting them roam the house, it’s probably best to keep your puppy in their crate when you’re at work or sleeping.
That way, they can’t get into anything they shouldn’t—and you can rest easy knowing your sweet furry puppy is safe, healthy, and ready to give you more puppy kisses soon.
This blog is part of a series of helpful articles about puppies.
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Because poor oral health can cause tooth loss, bad breath, pain and infections that can lead to heart disease, arthritis and other health complications. Sometimes there are no signs of dental trouble until it takes root! Keep your dog's teeth in good condition by following these tips:
Prevent your dog from having bad breath
Signs of Dental Disease
Periodontal Disease starts with the filmy, bacteria-filled substance that sticks to the surface of the teeth within hours of eating. Within a few days, that plaque can harden into tartar above and below the gumline. Brushing your dog's teeth takes approximately (1) - one minute to complete!
Not sure how to brush your dog's teeth?
Addition to Brushing
*Tip - Train your puppy to allow you to put your hands in his/her mouth so that you can brush the teeth. Ideally your dog's teeth should be brushed daily, but most veterinarians suggest brushing at-least twice a week!