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Teething Puppies

Updated on November 18, 2010

New Puppy

So you just brought home a new puppy. Everything's great. She's cute and cuddly. Has puppy breath and gives great puppy kisses. She's catching on to her potty training. And everyone in the family loves her, to include your current 7 year old dog. It's been a while since you've had a puppy. You've missed every great moment... Until, you remember one thing... Chewed shoes and teeth prints on the furniture.

You're puppy is teething...

Puppies will instinctively chew, not because they want to punish you for leaving her home alone and locking her in a crate. Puppies chew because they need to. When teething, puppies will chew to alleviate as much discomfort as they can. Think about it, if you had 42 adult teeth growing in, you'd want to alleviate the pain.

Signs of Teething

  • Swollen, inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Missing teeth
  • Teeth prints on your nice things.

Frozen Watermelon.
Frozen Watermelon.

Help Alleviate Teething Discomfort

You don't want your puppy to be in pain or feel discomfort. But what can you do? Many things...

  • Ice
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables such as carrots, strawberries, watermelon, apples, sweet potatoe, etc.
  • Puppy teething toys found at pet stores
  • Freeze natural bones that you've filled with peanut butter, cheese wiz, cream cheese, etc. (STAY AWAY from rawhides as they do not digest properly in a dog's body)
  • You can put broth in ice cubes, and freeze them before giving it to your puppy. The taste alone will entice your puppy to chew them.
  • Dip knotted socks or towels (remember knotting them will create a difference between a forbidden object such as new socks and an object that the puppy can chew, such as old socks) into broth and freeze before giving it to the puppy.

Stop Destructive Chewing

If you are still having a problem with you puppy chewing, here are a few suggestions that you could try in order to stop chewing on "forbidden objects."

  • Crate train the puppy if you are not able to watch it. This will prevent the puppy from getting a hold of any "forbidden items."
  • Remove any "forbidden items" from the puppies reach.
  • Use commercial sprays, such as Bitter Apple, to discourage chewing. If you go this route, purcahse one brand, try it on only a small portion of something that the puppy likes to chew. If the puppy likes the flavor, then you don't want to enhance her chewing. By putting it only one a small portion of a chair, you can test out the brand you purchased. If she likes that one, take it back and purchase a different one.
  • Do not give your puppy old shoes or socks to chew on- your puppy cannot differentiate old items from your brand new ones and will chew on both. What you can do it take old socks or towels and tie them in knots, this will create a difference between socks and towels the puppy can chew versus those that she cannot. There will be a differen shape to the item.
  • Provide plenty of puppy approved toys. Remember puppies have sharp teeth, so flimsy plastic toys will not last long.
  • Chewing is a great opportunity to teach the 'Leave it' command, in which the dog, or puppy in this case, learns to leave something alone when told. You can, also, incorporate the 'Drop it' command as well.

Basic Obedience

During this stage in a puppy's life, you can incorporate basic obedience. Teaching basic commands younger, will give you more time as the puppy grows to teach the fun stuff, like tricks. Also, by beginning basic obedience at a young age, you can perfect the basic obedience commands, such as stay, come, wait, down, etc. Whether you work on obedience solely at home or join a puppy class, it's something that should be considered before you think about adding tricks to the curriculum.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed veterinarian. The methods outlined above may or may not work for your pet. If you have any concerns, you should consult a veterinarian.


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      DQ40 5 years ago

      I just got a puppy he's 6 months and he like nips at me when I try to pet him is that a sign of teething or something else?

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      kayla 5 years ago

      How long do it takes for puppies to get there first set of teeth

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      Amanda 5 years ago

      I have a 5 month old great dane. Very sweet dog. He just loves to bite!! He LOVES IT!! It really hurts my little kids when he bites them. He is already almost 90lbs so he is a huge(inside) dog and the vet said he has already lost his baby teeth. Is it normal to still be teething even though he has lost his baby teeth??? He bites really hard. Its not a normal nipping.

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      Cyndi 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for all the info! I was doing a lot of the tips but found others that will help! lol TY

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      We've been adopting adult dogs so it's been a really long time since we've had a teether. So wish I had this advice when our first dog, Blondie, was a puppy. Very useful hub, voted up!

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      L A Dreamin 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great advice as usual Whitney!

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      cel 6 years ago

      You should 1) Take your puppy back to the adoption agency asap while its young and adoptable, or B) Be proactive and train your puppy. Complaining will do no one any good, especially your puppy.

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      Peg 6 years ago

      I've had 2 dogs that I got as puppies. Both teethed. But the new puppy I just got really hurts me and my daughter with teething. She sometimes just really bites hard. She is mouthy with a capital M. I'm not used to it and it's making me want to bring her back to the adoption agency. Love her otherwise...

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      Grace 6 years ago

      it is very normal for puppies to want to go outside for potty breaks every 30 mins. we were recommended to take our puppy out at that to prevent accidents. and it has saved us a lot of problems and is great for getting them used to going outside for potty training.

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      Giavonna 6 years ago

      But he also whines to go outside every 30 minutes or less. And when i take him out he will pee ect. is this normal for him to have to go so often??

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      Giavonna 6 years ago

      i have a 6 week old Pit Bull-Shar Pei mix. Beautiful puppy. And very sweet too. But he chews EVERYTHING. This really helped.

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      Wendy 6 years ago

      Great advice. We have an English Mastiff pup - 16 weeks old and 50 pounds. She has a runny nose and sounds congested once in a while. Is this from teething or does she have a cold?

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      MIchelle 6 years ago

      I have tried everything on my 3 1/2 month Havanese puppy on teething and nothing worked tell I tried not only the ice cubes but dipping the chew toys in broth and freezing them. All I can say is Thank You so much for the advice. You have made not only my house happy but the puppy as well.

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      Brandon 6 years ago

      I have a 6 month old black lab puppy, is it normal for him to take short breaths when he is sleeping?

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      bob shiskin 6 years ago

      This was great! God created all of us!! In a special way!! I have a toy poodle named Suzie Big nose!!

      bob shiskin

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're probably just worrying too much

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      Karl 6 years ago

      I have a 5 month old rottie he is now teething and he has lost his appetite the vet says that he looks ok do you guys think Ther may be another problem or am I just worrying too much

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      dayna6789 6 years ago

      I have a 5 mo. old dobe pup who has been loosing her baby teeth everywhere, she bleeds on everything her mouth grabs and her breath has smelt like blood for almost 2 weeks now. I keep checking to see if anything looks abnormal in her mouth, but all I can find is where her gums are bleeding from missing teeth, sometimes. Is this normal?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It could be up to 6-9 months on average. Just keep in mind labs chew destructively for up to 2 years.

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      kyle 6 years ago

      I HAVE A 3 MONTH old puppy yellow lab when is it supposed to stop teething

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