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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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