Your new puppy is finally at home and in your arms! Your puppy is likely excited about the world around them, exploring your home like there’s no tomorrow. They may be so curious that they’ll start chewing on any surface they can get their teeth on. While it’s an alleviating experience for your little pooch, you may not be too happy.
You may start to wonder if your puppy is teething or if they have a bad chewing habit. Chances are, your puppy is in their teething stage, especially if they’re around 2 to 3 months of age. During this period, you may find blood on their chew toys or fallen teeth on the carpet—a little macabre but perfectly normal.
The teething process is very painful for your puppy, and the furniture and shoes around your house will likely suffer for it. As puppy parents, it’s crucial to teach your pup what’s acceptable to chew and what’s not. Here are three easy tips that can help you deal with your fur-baby’s teething!
1. Give your puppy a chewable toy. Help your puppy alleviate their pain by giving them a chew toy. The chewier it is, the better! Chewable toys come in all shapes and sizes to accommodate your pup’s mouth. Some toys also squeak when squeezed, which can keep your furry friends attention away from other “chewable” items. Make sure to switch toys often so that your furry friend stays engaged.
2. Use baby gates to prevent damages. If your furry friend is the adventurous type, you may want to install some baby gates around the house to prevent them from getting into trouble. You may also place them in their crate or kennel if you aren’t able to fully supervise them. This can save you a tremendous headache with chewing accidents. Keep them away from any furniture with baby gates, but be sure to give your pup toys and treats.
3. Give your fur-baby the proper nutrition. The most important step to helping your pup with their teething: nutrition. Feed your fur-baby a healthy, balanced diet so that once their teeth come in, they’re physically sound. We also recommend starting with dental care as soon as you can, even with their baby teeth. A good dental routine, along with proper nutrition, goes a long way with helping your puppy deal with their growing teeth. It will also keep their adult teeth healthy as well!
Remember that your puppy isn’t chewing to make you angry or to ruin your home. Teething hurts a lot, and the only way your puppy can handle it is by chewing! You help your puppy when you give them the items they need (toys and healthy dog food, for example) to reduce their pain. Fortunately, puppy teething is temporary so once it’s over, your cute and cuddly friend will have a new set of beautiful adult teeth!
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