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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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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I could be kennel cough. Have a vet look at the puppy. Coughing generally isn't an issue with teething.

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      reecey2000 6 years ago

      i have a 13 week old jack russel pup is it nor mal for her 2 b making a sort of coughing noise ????? i also lost my other puppy a few months back and she was doing that

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It is normal

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      Marcus 6 years ago

      my puppy is 16 weeks old, I think she is teething because she is cries a little when i touch around her mouth, she is lying around a lot more and not playing as much as she used to is that normal?

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      Jenna 6 years ago

      My 5 month old mutt is teething and his gum and very bruised. Is this normal or is it something I should be worried about?

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      kirsty 6 years ago

      What age should you stop soaking puppies biscuits ? I have a 4 1/2 month old westie and she wont eat her food ?

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      Tiara  6 years ago

      I bought a 8 week old puppy and she is the runt of the little and her bottom baby teeth has grew in yet and her tongue sticks out should i be worried

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It's common for dogs to have adult teeth grow in wile the baby teeth are still there. Hard bones and chews are great. Try frozen vegetables like carrots. See if the baby teeth are loose. You may have to get a vet to surgically remove them, as it can potentially cause infections and complications.

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      KatieBox 6 years ago

      Hi i have a black lab puppy who is 5 months old she has been teething fine up till now! My partner and I have noticed that the two sharp pointy adult teeth on her bottom jaw have both come through but the baby ones havent fallen out, they are just in front of the new adult teeth! Both pointy teeth are the same and she hasnt had this problem with any of her other teeth! I have been giving her nylabones and special teething toys but nothing has shifted them! She is well in herself and still a bunddle of mischief!

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes and no. I've never heard of removing them before the adult teeth are in. Have the adult teeth grown in with the baby teeth still there? It's not uncommon for dogs to have their adult canine teeth to grow in with the baby canines still in. And, if the baby teeth and adult teeth, the baby teeth will have to be surgically removed if the dog can't lose them naturally. Try giving the puppy hard treats.

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      Khloe 6 years ago

      I have a 9month old maltese. She has lost almost all her teeth, but not her k9. I was told that if she doesn't lose them in a month she would need major surgery to remove them. Is that true??

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      jayne 6 years ago

      my 19 week old gsd is teething, she is crying in pain but only on the evenings, and seems very unsettled for at least 3 hours each evening is this normal.

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      CLH 6 years ago

      I've been reading some of your comments and you have some really great advice. I never thought about knotting my old socks or using broth. I'll definately try that. And kudos on the ice! My puppy LOVES it. And I'll try to stay away from rawhides. Though thats one of her faves! I want to give as shout out to all the peeps who are having puppy/dog problems. I encourage you to get any and all the materials available from Cesar Millan aka the "Dog Whisperer". I have done my prep work for my puppies new arrival and educated myself on dog behavior from his materials. If your on the lookout for dog training and behavior resources, he's definately one you MUST checkout! You'll see dogs in a whole new way. Plus you'll learn more about how to care for your pet and be a better pet parent. You can find out more by visiting www.cesarmillan.com . I highly recommend it! He helped me prep for my pups arrival and to understand the true psychology of dogs behavior. As a first time, puppy mom, I know I need all the help I can get. And I bet you do to!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      They start loosing them earlier than 4 months. The canines are the last to be lost in most cases, besides the big molars. Those will be lost around 4-6 months. In some cases, smaller dogs will not have many visible signs of teething, and you may not even notice it.

      As for the dirt, that could just be a puppy thing. I've had a few that love sticks and dirt.

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      Nico 7 years ago

      Hey, I have a Shih-Tzu Terrier 3 months old. She pretty much chews on anything and even wants to eat leaves and dirt when she is outside. Is this normal? Also, she would start losing her puppy teeth around the 4-6 month mark right?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      jen, missing that many teeth, and the pup may be around 16 weeks as described. It's hard to tell from the description. A vet may be able to get you a closer estimate. It's actually recommended to have every new puppy or dog checked out by a vet after you get it to ensure all is well. Remember to bring the vaccination list so the pup doesn't have to get a double dose of vaccines.

      Angela, Some dogs just bleed a little more. I've had dogs that didn't bleed at all and you never knew they were even teething, but I've had others that left blood on every toy or bone they touched. Just keep an eye on it. Try giving the pup frozen treats to relieve any discomfort.

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      Angela 7 years ago

      Hi I have got a 19 week old english bull terrier and I know his teething because im finding little teeth everywhere...Kane's gums keep bleeding really bad so im just wondering is this normal?? Also is there anything I can give him other then frozen veg??

      Thanks

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      jen 7 years ago

      i just bought a puppy yesterday and the person i got her from says she is 16 wks old, but she got the puppy from her grandmother. the puppy came with no papers, but everybody around me says she is much younger then that. i know you can look at the teeth to get an aprox. age. when i looked at the puppy's teeth she only has her puppy k-9's and some back teeth up top, and some puppy teeth on the bottom, the teeth in between haven't even cut through the gums yet. do you happen to know about how old the puppy might be?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yep, I'd say that's probably normal for that age. Just keep an eye on it and it shouldn't take long to clear up.

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      Taylanichi 7 years ago

      I have a 5 month old lab mix puppy and I found blood stains on his toys, is that normal for his age?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I would suggest sticking with dry kibble. Wet food is bad for their teeth, and can cause gum concerns. Try a different brand of food. There are plenty of premium do foods that you can try.

      Your vet may need to test for illnesss, as well, as the vaccinations.

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      kayley88 7 years ago

      hi there i have a 11 week old staff and shes had ruuny stools for a few days now, at her 8 weeks jab the vet said he though she was underweight a bit but shes simply not very interested in her food. we give her wet food and it goes straight through her, shes not interested in dry food or a mix of both, were trying her on rice flavoured with chicken stock which she'll eat but with lots of stopping and starting. im worried what the vet will say when she goes back this week for her 2nd jab and shes skinner than before. HELP!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      In a lot of cases, they will grow out of it, but that's not always the case. Sometimes it will depend on the individual dog and the breed. For examples, labs will chew for up to 2-3 years. I'm not sure about Shar Peis, though.

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      emma 7 years ago

      hi.

      ive got a 12 and half month shar pei. she has always chewed things but just when we are out or even out of the room. she is getting better but if we havent left anything around she searches for things at times i dont know where from!! is this something she should grow out of? at what age o you think this might stop? i have 2 young children so getting increasingly hard to make sure theres nothing at all on the floor or tables etc! thank you

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Both Mastiffs and APBTs are prone to chewing wood and rocks. You'll have to just be careful and watch her carefully. Be leery of bugs that she can ingest; I've had an APBT pup contract tape worms from chewing up roots, dirt, and branches; or at least that's what the vet said could have caused the worms. I have an 8 mth old bull mastiff who's favorite thing is chewing on wood she find, and a 3 year old APBT who loves chewing on the firewood we bring in the house. The pup may grow out of it or she may just reduce her love, but I'd suggest leash walks and careful watch while playing outside so that she doesn't make herself sick.

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      Faith 7 years ago

      Hi, I have a 10 week old mastiff/bulldog/pitbull mix, and she just started teething. When I take her outside, she eats twigs and rocks, and ends up throwing up. I do my best to take the items out of her mouth and prevent her from picking them up, but she still manages to swallow some. Should I avoid taking her on walks and just tire her out through play, until she grows out of the stick eating stage?

      Thanks

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      nick 7 years ago

      my puppy is 14 weeks old and he lost 4 teeth and he is not eating,drinking a little bit of water, very lazy just lying under the bed all day. he comes out for a min or two then back again.his stomach and face looks like its looseing weight is he like this from teething or is ther somthing wrong with him.

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      edguider 7 years ago

      Good hub, I have a puppy who is teething at the moment. Do you have a hub on how to stop dogs from marking their territory indoors? My male lab pees on everything, sofa, chairs etc...

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      My puppy suddenly wants to bite everything and everyone. Before she used to like everyone. Now, if someone tries to pet her, she starts chewing on their hand. She's teething and I bought her a toy that can go in the freezer but once it thaws, she no longer wants to chew on it. (It thaws quickly since it's hot these days). Great advice though. I'll try some more of your tips. Thank you!

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      Kristin 7 years ago

      Thanks for all the great tips. Our 13 week old lab puppy is starting to chew on the furniture. I am freezing a knotted towel for her and have all types of chew toys, but wonder if there is an over the counter pain medicine she can have. When our children were teething, they got cold teething rings and baby Motrin.

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      Madison 7 years ago

      Okay we will see what the vet can do!

      Thanks

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      What is the she doing to seem in pain? A vet may be your best option to determine what's going on. It could be the teeth, but at 12 months, she's more than likely not teething.

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      Madison  7 years ago

      I am not sure she just seems to be in pain.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      She would have gotten her adult canines in around 6 months old. Does the pain seem to be coming from her mouth?

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      Madison 7 years ago

      My dog is a year old rat terrier and she will not stop crying!I can not find anything wrong. She is really making me worry.Could she be getting her adult canines?PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Do not give your dog alcohol! If the pain is that severe, you should seek veterinary assistance.

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      sharon 7 years ago

      help my little man is 17 weeks old and he is lot off pain with his teeth some1 told me 2 rub whiskey on them is this good as i think it is bad 4 the dog x

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I've never seen them lose all 4 canines at ones. In most cases, they lose the canines between 4-6 months. 3 months is a little early, but I wouldn't think anything too drastic of it. If she's still in a lot of pain within a few days, you may want to have your vet check her out just in case and to ease your worries.

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      Andrea 7 years ago

      Hi Whitney. I have a 3 month old border collie. She has lost her 4 baby fangs recently. She's been eating very normal and being a very active, healthy puppy. But just today, she's been a lot less active and when I try to look in her mouth, she yelps. I'm afraid she's in pain from losing her fangs. Is she too young to be losing those teeth?

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      very timely my 6 month old puppy just lost one of her tooth, she is not destructive but loves to play with her dog toys.. will try to follow some tips above

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Don't let him teeth and chew on you at all, don't wait until he starts to get rough. Stop him immediately.

      As for him getting upset, it happens. He knew he was wrong.

      Crate training is the most effective method of house training. I'm not sure what PAD training is, unless you're referring to puppy pads, which isn't typically the best option for crate training. Dogs love the crate when it's used properly; it's like a den, a safe place for them to go and be alone. It's not a punishment method, so don't put the dog in the crate when he chews or does something bad. The crate is a place to put the dog when you can't watch him (work, school, store, too much going on in the house, etc.). My yorkie and APBT love their crates, and I know people who at times can't find their dog at first then find it in the crate just trying to be alone. My boyfriend's grandmother's dog is this way; he uses his crate as a place to hide out and be alone when he doesn't want to socialize or when he's had enough.

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      Cathiie 7 years ago

      HI Whitney05... Love the info and thank you for being so helpful, all these answers really opened my eyes! I have a 10 year old chihuahua and i was too young to remember her losing her teeth ( i was only 9 ) and now i got a 3 month old, his name is Yankee.

      But back to the teething topic...

      He loves to chew on my hand and when it gets to rough i yell no and ignore him, then he just goes on his bed and crys... is it normol for him to get soo sad?

      and also, i dont want to put him in a cage, i dont like to think of him all alone with no space to move so he's being PAD trained.. do you think this is a good idea? or should we start cage shopping? we put my 10yr old in a cage when she was a pup and she is a very angry dog..

      sorry for the length :) and thank you o so very much.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I would definitely wait to see if they come loose on their own. Try offering hard treats and frozen veggies, like frozen carrots. In a lot of cases, they'll fall out on their own. I've had a few dogs that had trouble losing their baby canines, but with hard treats (natural bones are great) the baby teeth usually fall out within a few days to a few weeks depending on how tight they're in there.

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      Nathan 7 years ago

      My 5 1/2 months lab has his canines growing right behind his puppy canines. I understand that if the puppy canines are not out by the time he is to be neutered, then we should have it surgically removed. His puppy canines are not even loose, he's been chewing on hard objects, all four puppy canines are still strong. Is this a sign of the puppy canines being retained? or do i still need to wait it out longer to see if it will become loose before coming to a final decision to get them surgically removed?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Teething shouldn't cause an increase in hyperactivity. The pup is just being a hyper puppy.

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      Andrea Bustamante 7 years ago

      my boxer puppy is almost 4 months and has lost 5 teeth already all coming out without a problem.My question is will teething make her behavior more hyper?she is Xtra hyper lat at nite idk why since she gets walks throught the day and a catch/retrieve session 2 a day? is it the teethign or just a boxer being hyper?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      He's probably just going through that stage. All dogs go through it. It's like a teenage stage where they just don't want to listen. You'll need to be firm and keep on his training.

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      Hi, we have a 7 month Weimaraner who I thought had all his adult teeth but am not sure if he still teething as he is mouthing ALOT he was castrated last week and seems to be even worse behaviour he is disregarding all the training he has had like he's being rebellious! We say no swap for a toy and time out in his cage but doesn't deter him. Any ideas??

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      If you do not know how to perform an alpha rollover, don't do it. You will cause more problems rolling the dog over and pinning it than you would otherwise. As you can see it's just making the dog act worse, so don't do it. You just got the dog, and you're already at your wits end which doesn't sound good at all; were you not prepared at having to work with a puppy? Puppies aren't just well-behaved and trained dogs, they can be beasts that need to be trained. You need to focus on basic obedience commands and the 'leave it' command. You can't expect wonders in just 4 days. He won't grow out of it, if you don't necessarily train him. It can become dominance concerns if you don't train him.

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      Kristin 7 years ago

      Hi my puppy is a 9 week old Maltese we just got him 4 days ago. When I try to get him to stop biting my hands and I mean BITES my hands, legs, ankles, clothes , socks, face, anything super hard!!!!!! I tell Him no! And no bite! I then shove something else in his mouth like a toy and he drops the toy and just goes right back and bites growls and shakes my hand or finger In his mouth and won't let go!!!! I have tried flipping him over also and holding him to show dominance like his mom would do but that just makes him more angry and he growls and barks and whines a shakes to get free!!!! What do I do!!! I'm at my wits end it hasn't gotten not even a little better! Is he teething still his teeth look like they are all in some look like they are still in the gums kind of but I don't know if he is just in pain or aggresive!!!??? I have asked othe. People and they always just say it's bc he is a puppy he will grow out of the biting. Will he?!?!?! If not I gotta regime him bc I dont want a mean dog........... :(

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, he has been teething. Yes, typically molars are the last to come out. Just like with humans. The molars come out last. Think about a big tooth coming out of your mouth, it's not going to be pleasant, so yes there is some pain associated.

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      Loki the Brat 7 years ago

      Hi there, what a wonderful teething resource! I did read all the replies, but I have a couple specific questions that I would love answers to...

      Loki is a 19 week old entlebucher mountain dog, and just today I watched him spit out 2 molars,the first I have seen so far. Tonite when I put him in his crate, which he is usually happy about, he whined and cried like he did when we first crate trained him.

      My questions are first if he's spitting molars, has he been teething for a while already? Do they come out last? Are they more painful? I'm just wondering if this is in fact the start of teething, if he will be this miserable every nite until he's done....

      Thank you so much in advance.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      He could have just gotten excited about drinking. Or it could be the tooth. Some vets will remove the baby canine if it doesn't fall out itself. Try giving the puppy hard things to chew on to try to loosen the tooth.

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      ninis_freddy 7 years ago

      Hi, My puppy freddy is 6 maybe 7 months old now, he has pretty much lost all his baby teeth and has his adult teeth, he does have a double fang tooth, but he had that so far on all his fang teeth, the pointy one just disapear, now, freddy is a boston terrier, chiuahua, pug, poodle mix, so he has a shaggy beard, today his beard was soaking wet as if he had drank water and thats all i thought it was, well tonight in bed his chin was like that again, and he had not been by any water. and its not just like moist wet its DRIPPING wet, does this have anything to do with teething, or is there anyway you can tell me what it might be? Thanks :)

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Most dogs are trainable. You just got the dog. It will take time. Labs are prone to being destructive, chew, dig, etc. You'll have your hands full, but most lab owners do.

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      Nakita 7 years ago

      We just adopted a 9 m/o chocolate lab pup from a shelter. She is badly behaved. You put her in the garden and she will not come back until you offer her a treat. She tries to scrounge food off everybody and jumps up onto surfaces, pulls apart bags and chews on anything she can get her hands on. What can we do? Is she still trainable?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      At that age, the dog has been teething for a while. The blood is normal. He's just teething his canines and larger molars.

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      RockysMom 7 years ago

      I have a 5 1/2 month old Boxer who is starting to teeth and I am concerned because one of his favorite rope-toys we have for him is white and there has been noticable blood stains on the rope. Should I be concerned? He's not whining or complaining about his teeth or gums, hes acting completely normal. I just need to know if I should be concerned. The vet told he that his adult teeth were starting to come in last week when we got his set of shots, but never mentioned any of this happening and I am unable to get ahold of the clinic! Can you set my mind at ease please!Thanks!!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's possible you were lied to, but it's also possible that the puppy is just teething normally. Puppies do not all lose their teeth the same, so there's no reason why the pup wouldn't start losing the teeth at 8 weeks. If it was a concern, it's something that you could have easily spotted before you ever brought the pup home.

      If you got the puppy from a reputable breeder, there wouldn't be question about the age. At a shelter, the age is estimated unless the pups were born at the shelter or if someone dropped off the mama dog and pups with the exact DOB. From backyard breeders and random people in the streets, you could easily have been lied to, with/without papers.

      8 weeks versus 10 really isn't that big of a difference, so I wouldn't get all huffy about it.

      As long as the pup is still eating, it's fine. The front teeth don't really do a lot of the chewing, so it shouldn't pose that big of a concern.

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      CiCI 7 years ago

      We just brought an 8 week old puppy home yesterday and I've noticed that while most of his puppy teeth are out- the front ones are still barely poking out of his gums. Is this normal at 8 weeks or was I lied to about his age? Either way he's eating dry food and chewing on things as usual. I just didn't know if I should worry that his front teeth aren't completely out of the gums yet.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      You may have problems longterm in terms of behavior. Both breeds are prone to having many behavioral issues, and being that the pup was removed from the mother WAY too soon, you're prone to more issues. Generally, you don't want to remove small breed dogs from the mother until at least 12 weeks. I realize it's not your fault, but I'm not sure how it was mistaken by whoever you got the dog from that it was not proper age, unless it was really a backyard breeder who just didn't give a crap.

      Most people give away or sell pups at 6 weeks, but puppies shouldn't really be away from the mom until at least 9-12 weeks so that they learn more behaviors from mom. It's very important that puppies get that early interaction, but most people don't realize that because it's been done one way for so long. Behaviorally, it's just not the best idea.

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      Todd 7 years ago

      I got a Yorkie Chihuahua mix for my girlfriend and I was told he was 7 weeks old. I took him to the vet and he had no teeth and was told he was probably around 4 weeks old. I have had him two weeks and he seems to be doing very well and is well cared for. What are some problems I should look for as I know now this puppy should not have been removed from the mother so soon. Learned a good lesson. He is also teething and chewing a lot now of course.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Being snappy, usually isn't because of teething. Generally, they will teeth till about 6-7 months or so untill their canines and molars have all come in.

      It may take time to get the older dog used to the new puppy; it really all depends on the older dog and how well you watch the two together, as the dog has been used to being alone for so long. Make sure that you give the older dog a break once in a while from the puppy.

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      sarah 7 years ago

      i have just got a 6 week staffy pup he is the most georgous pup i think he has started to teeth and has got a little snappy chewing on everything i tell him no but how long do they teeth for and how do i objectivley stop or releive the snappyness i have got him a solid rubber bone and puppy tube chews and i also have a staf male 6yrs old how long does it tke for them to get used to each other ossie (6yr male ) nuzzles him around and sniffs and nips rockys (6 week ) but kinda white eyes rocky a little can you poss help me

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It is probably just swollen. If it's got puss, you may want to ask your vet to check it out to make sure that it's not infected.

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      Amy 7 years ago

      My puppy lost one of his teeth and now the gum looks a larger than the other side and the hole where the tooth fell out looks pussy. Is this normal or is an infection starting? He has also been chewing on his entire foot. I figured that was part of the teething process so I exchanged for a good chew toy.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I have never heard that, but I guess it's possible. In most cases, small dogs finish growing earlier than medium to large dogs. She needs socialization, of course, all dogs do. The teeth could be causing pain since your vet said they're not growing in right, and yes pain can cause irritability. I don't think you're seeing aggression.

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      Lisa 7 years ago

      Hi there

      my vet says maltese do not fininsh teething at 5 months

      9 months is when their finished i even looked it up. Most dogs are maybe true but not in maltese breed. as for training im meant socialization. she needs the attention of a human right now.

      I was more concerned in how to know her teeth or are the teeth causing pain to an extent of being mean .. as for chewing in my mouth, i have to stop her from biting and its working so far letting me feel in her mouth, when she does nibble as in teething my hand she gets a STRONG WORD OFF.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      iTIARAx3 at 2 months, that's only 8 weeks, the puppy is just beginning to teeth.

      lisa, she should not get used to a hand in her mouth, but a hand around her mouth and gums, but not necessarily in her mouth. it could be pain, but at 5 months, most of the teething has been done. as for training, one hour a day is a lot for a puppy; they lose concentration easily. You need to practice short sessions throughout the day, versus one big session. Puppies learn better this way. 10-15 minute sessions several times a day is much better than 1 hour session once a day. You need to stop her from chewing while your hand is in her mouth. The aggression could be pain, but it's hard to tell. How are the teeth growing in wrong?

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      lisa 7 years ago

      HI I had bought a 5 month old maltese, just aggresive bitr as ever.. vet claims she is fear biting, i got to know her, she seems in pain frm teething , she is 6 months now , she lost 4 teeth so far that i helped come out.. She attacks and growls while mouthing my hand(behaviourst suggested she get use to a human hand in her mouth ) but not for chewing or biting, anyways she attacks vets groomers and me if wants her way. but im notincing most times does her growling and mean as well. is her teeth hurt is it possible to have this maltese aggressive due to pain? would it go away if i was to have the vet remove the baby teeth? vet did mention her teth were not coming out as they should. which im doubting this becuase maltese lose their baby teeth up to 9 months old. but she is in pain and seems mean while chewing my hand i rub her gums , is when she growls and whines. so to me she is in extreme pain. maltese roots are longer then most breeds im aware of to. so i am hoping this agreesive attacking is caused by teething. and will go away along with my daily hourly training, off, no bite, kisses, stay, drop it,

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      iTIARAx3 7 years ago

      my 2 month old puppy is still teething is it normal?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      that's a good idea.

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      mel 7 years ago

      Thank you very very much! I am taking her in about a month from now to get her fixed I will ask about it if it doesn't resolve itself then. Thanks again!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      some dogs have trouble losing baby teeth. try giving hard treats, carrots, etc to losen the baby teeth. it's not uncommon for baby teeth and adult teeth to both be in, but if the baby teeth don't fall out after a month, your vet may have to remove them.

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      mel 7 years ago

      I noticed my poms two bottom front sharp teeth aren't out yet I see new ones coming in already. Shouldn't the existing teeth already be gone by now?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      That is good to hear.

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      xPunkardx 7 years ago

      Yea the vet just said it's her teeth falling out and coming in ... she's completely fine now though, thanks!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Could be her canines coming in. I'm not sure. Definitely keep that vet appointment. I'd like to know what your vet says.

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      xPunkardx 7 years ago

      My puppy (Lab mix) is about 4/5 months old and just about 2-3 days ago shes just been moping around and her drool has been REALLY thick and running down the sides of her mouth like hanging in the air. Her breath has gotten REALLY bad and whenever I touch like the sides of her gums shes yelps pretty loud and twitches like it hurts. She also has been chewing a spot raw on her back (not sure if it's related) I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow morning,but I just wondered if anyone could help with this?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Some dogs can be sensitive to harsh tones, but I've never heard of an entirre breed prone to harsh tones. That's kind of silly if you ask me. I doubt that's a true breed description for temperament.

      And, yes a mix breed dog is still a mix breed dog and will not be registered by reputable dog registries in this lifetime. Continental Kennel Club will register them, but they'll register anything with nearly any 'breed' that you want. Not reputable if you ask me.