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Puppy Teething

We all know puppies are extremely cute and have the ability to melt even the toughest heart, those imploring huge eyes, that little tail that never stops wagging, that delightful clean pink tummy and those needle-like teeth!

The teething period seems endless for owners and their hands, arms, legs and just about any part of their anatomy that is exposed.

Puppies are actually born without any teeth, puppy owners everywhere are now shouting ‘if only they stayed like that!’
Their teeth consist of:

– Baby canines….positioned on either side of the front of the mouth….start to push through at 3-4 weeks.
– Incisors….the miniature teeth along the front of the mouth….start to show up at 4-6 weeks.
– Premolars….the larger teeth at either side of the mouth….begin to come through at 4-6 weeks.

By the time your delightful puppy is 8 weeks old it should have a lovely set of 28 baby teeth that, unfortunately for the owner, are sharpened like little needles!

Around the age of 4-5 months old the baby teeth will begin to come out and by the time your pup reaches the age of 7 months he/she should have a set of permanent teeth in place. Most breeds have sets of 42 adult teeth.

Now puppies love to chew and they are not particularly fussy what they chew, I mean you cannot expect a pup to know the difference between a proper chew stick and your designer pair of shoes now can you?

They chew to relieve the discomfort of teething and also because they enjoy it and it eases boredom for them. They also chew, or mouth, as a way of exploring this fascinating world that they discover themselves in.

Owners need to accept that a puppy will chew and permit a certain amount but if your pup is going to live in a harmonious home then the rules must be set early; your young puppy needs to understand what is termed as acceptable chewing and what is frowned upon.
Provide your pup with lots of chew toys, the more the merrier; try to obtain ones that do not resemble any objects that you do not wish him/her to chew, such as a toy shaped as a shoe or a bag.

Activity toys are brilliant, you can fill these with small, pup treats and your puppy has to work out how to remove the treats. Puppies adore these and it will keep them quiet for hours.

Rope toys are a good idea but always ensure you check them regularly as they can unravel quite easily. Munchy roll chews are also wonderful and any of the Kong range of puppy toys are also brilliant.

If you happen to spy your pup chewing something that he/she should not be chewing simply remove the item and say a firm ‘NO.’ Then immediately replace the item with one of your pup’s toys. They will soon learn what they can chew and what they cannot.
When your pup discovers the pure delight of employing your hands, arms, legs and face as chewing toys then it is time to stop him/her promptly.

The one thing that puppies have in common is that they all despise being ignored, they love attention and fuss. If your pup mouths you let out a short, sharp yelp as one of the pup’s siblings would do. Then turn your back on him/her, not for long just a few minutes. Through your actions you are telling your puppy that if the play becomes too rough it stops. They will soon learn.

Never hit your pup however frustrated you might become, at the moment he/she is a small and defenceless young pup but soon they will grow into a big, adult dog that owns a beautiful set of sharp teeth. You do not wish to provoke aggressiveness in your dog and through hitting them as a puppy you could well do this.

Just walk away if they are frustrating at that precise moment, take a deep breath and relax. Then return calmly to your puppy. Your innocent pup places all its trust in you so do not take that trust away.

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