Puppy teething solutions for first time owners
Your puppy is chewing everything?
Yes puppies often seem to chew just about anything, your clothes, your furniture and your hands. This is a perfectly normal part of teething and will last until your pup is around 7 to 8 months old, or in some cases, a full year. This can be a frustrating time; both for you and your puppy. Here are a few tips to make teething a little bit less terrible for the both of you...
Invest in products designed for puppies
Manufacturers have long been aware of the needs of teething puppies and many have created hard wearing toys with clever textures that both entertain and soothe the gums of a teething puppy. Popular brands include Nylabone and Kong, and most large pet stores will have these in stock. Treat dispensing toys are also a useful way to occupy your pup and aid their developmental skills, and can also slow down puppies that gulp their food.
Praise your Puppy
By praising your puppy when they choose to chew a toy, rather than something they shouldn't, they can start to distinguish what is appropriate to chew and what is not. It is important that your puppy associates chew toys with fun and positivie reactions. If your puppy bites you then make a sharp 'yelp' fold your arms and ignore them for a while; but make sure there is a safe toy as an alternative. With consistency (and a fair deal of patience) you should notice that you have to correct your puppy less.
A crate provides a safe area for your puppy. We all have times where it is difficult to monitor a young, hyperactive teething pup (such as preparing dinner). Crating is a healthy and safe alternative to your puppy running around and chewing and picking up dangerous objects when you cannot give them your 100% attention. Just remember to remove collars and tags when placing your puppy in the crate
Keep things cool
Whilst at times it may seem that your puppy is simply behaving badly, it is important to remember that teething can be really uncomfortable for dogs. Placing chew toys in the freezer can really help provide relief for your puppy's sore gums.
Ask your vet
Most vets will ask to have a look at your puppy's teeth at check ups. If you are concerned about your pups teeth in any way it is a good idea to ask the opinion of your vet and they should be able to alleviate any worries. Remember that dental care will be important for your dog in adulthood also.
Any questions? Feel free to ask. Also if there is anything I have missed please let me know. Thank you for reading
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