Dogs grow 2 sets of teeth. Their baby teeth grow first, followed by their adult teeth. Humans take months and years to get a complete set of teeth. Dogs, however, do it in only months. You have to know when and how long puppies teeth to make the entire process easy for your pooch.
When Do Puppies Start Teething?
The pup’s baby teeth start growing between 3 and 5 weeks of age. All their baby teeth are developed by the time they are 8 weeks old. They start growing their adult teeth around age 4 to 6 months of age.
What to Do When Your Puppy is Teething
Dogs start growing teeth as they start weaning off their mother’s milk and changing to solid food. Their baby teeth serve as a guide for the adult teeth. The adult teeth grow in the gaps between the baby teeth. There are some things that you can do when your puppy is teething. You can give him a cold carrot to soothe his gums. A chilled carrot is also rich in potassium, Vitamins K and A and Omega 6 fatty acids. Since carrots are high in fiber, you should give only one carrot to your puppy every day to prevent stomach upsets.
You can also teach him the “leave it” command to avoid having a tug of war with your puppy over a valuable object. This command is taught by playing tug with the puppy with a favorite toy. Say “leave it” when you want your pup to let go of the toy. Hold the toy with one hand and use your other hand to produce a treat. Reward your puppy with the treat when he lets go of the toy. Praise him by saying “good leave it.” Sooner or later, you have to replace the treat with another preferred toy. Alternate between a treat and a reward of preferred toy until your puppy completely understands what “leave it” means and what he has to do.
Soft mouth training may also help. Lie on the floor with your puppy while playing a game of tug. Remove the toy from his mouth and play with his lower jaw. If he bites down hard, you should make a high pitched “ouch.” If the puppy doesn’t stop, say a firm “no” and close his mouth gently but firmly for 1 to 2 seconds. This method imitates his mother’s way of correction and calms him. Mothers will snap the puppy’s mouth shut with gentle bites when they see behavior they don’t like. This technique can be used to stop barking and nipping as well.
Knowing everything about your puppy’s teething process can help prevent destructive behavior at an early age. Training the puppy can eliminate biting and nipping early on. Remember that a little bite or nip from a puppy can become a dangerous liability when he grows up. Follow the tips stated above and train your dog correctly. When the puppy does something right, praise him and give him a treat.