Puppy teething can be a difficult time for both you and your puppy. However, there are certain things you can do to alleviate the issue and protect your household from your furry baby velociraptor.
Contrary to what many may believe, puppies don't teeth like human babies. Yes, puppies do lose their baby teeth at an early age. However, the act of destructive chewing (sometimes referred to as puppy teething) is often due to behavioral issues which need to be dealt with early on.
Don't tempt your puppy with scrumptious shoes and flavorful furniture. Block your puppy's access to areas that have been especially troublesome. In the event that your puppy does "Storm the Bastille" and manages to sink their teeth into something they shouldn't, give a firm "No" and quickly replace to the item they are chewing on with an appropriate chew toy.
You can also utilize a dog trainer to determine the best way to resolve your particular puppy teething issue at hand.
Introducing your puppy to age-appropriate dog chew toys early can also save your precious household items. Chew toys designated for puppies are a little smaller and softer than the adult toys because puppy teeth are more prone to fracture. However, they still should be durable enough to handle aggressive mouthing. In fact, monitor your puppy during playtime and remove any destroyed chew toys immediately to prevent accidents from occurring.
Caring for a teething puppy also means caring for the puppy's teeth. Ensure your new dog is getting a properly balanced diet, including vitamins and minerals such as calcium, so that his or her new permanent teeth can develop normally. Keep in mind that having two teeth crowded into a space meant for one can cause discomfort and possibly initiate some destructive tendencies in your pup.