Why is my puppy biting me and chewing on everything?
Puppies, like human infants, will bite and chew on objects to relieve pain in their mouths while teething. Puppy teething can seem like a long process when you're constantly trying to keep your furniture (and fingers) safe from little chompers. However, it is critical to remain calm and remember that they are only trying to make themselves feel better.
When do puppies start teething?
Regardless of breed, puppies typically have their first set of teeth between the ages of 5 and 6. Your dog's razor-sharp baby teeth will begin to fall out around the age of 4 months, and adult teeth will begin to erupt.
How long does puppy teething last?
So, exactly how long do puppies teethe? By the time your puppy reaches 6-7 months of age they should have their full set of adult teeth and teething should be a thing of the past. In the meantime, our San Gabriel vets offer some puppy teething advice to help you and your pup get through this rough stage:
Store Some Puppy Friendly Teething Toys in the Freezer
Puppies, like teething infants, frequently discover that chewing on cold or frozen objects relieves their discomfort. Most pet stores sell teething toys, but you can freeze almost any dog toy to help your pup feel better. Soft toys, rubber bones, and Kongs are all great options for dogs.
Offer Your Pup Extra Durable Chew Toys
Small, medium, and large breeds can all benefit from the flavor-infused, breed-specific puppy teething bones sold by companies such as Nylabone. By getting your puppy to chew on a tasty treat rather than your bland-smelling valuables, you can promote healthy chewing habits while also relieving pain.
Edible Teething Sticks for Puppies
Many reputable dog food companies sell edible puppy teething treats and bones to alleviate your pet's mouth pain. Your veterinarian may recommend one specifically for your small dog, or you can go to your local pet store and choose from a variety of flavors and sizes. Choose the appropriate size for your dog to benefit the most from the teething treat.
Healthy Frozen Foods For Puppies to Chew
Many puppies enjoy chewing on frozen toys and eating frozen treats. Apple slices or frozen carrots are both acceptable options. Before giving your dog new "human" food, always consult your veterinarian.
My puppy keeps biting me, what should I do?
Nipping and biting are how puppies naturally play. When one puppy bites another too hard, the hurt pup will let out a high-pitched yelp.
It's critical to put a stop to your puppy's biting and nipping before it gets out of hand. When your little friend bites you, try imitating a hurt puppy's yelp. With a loud little 'ow' in a high-pitched voice, startle and frighten your puppy into backing off. When your puppy stops and backs off, reward them for their good behavior.
If this approach leads your puppy to nip at you more aggressively, quietly stop playing with your puppy and walk away or gently put your pup in their crate for some quiet time.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.