Puppy Teething in Young Dogs

Got a new purebred puppy? Then get ready for the puppy teething blues.

One of the things you may, or may not, be prepared for when getting a new puppy is its desire to chew. Often this can be quite destructive depending on exactly how you handle this situation. Instinctively puppies often chew because they need to - not because they want to destroy your personal items.

As puppies begin to loose their "milk teeth" and get their 42 adult teeth they chew to help alleviate some of the discomfort they are experiencing.

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This is known as teething.

Overall, the best thing you can do is protect your new puppy from potentially harmful situations and help set him up to be successful in getting through this developmental stage.

Below you'll find several ideas to help your developing puppy from being "bad" and to help it, and you too, to get through this stressful teething period as easily as possible.

• Give the new puppy plenty of exercise and attention to relieve boredom which often leads to chewing

Crate the puppy if you cannot watch it

Use Commercial Sprays to alleviate chewing of household items - Listerine is also good

• Do not give the puppy old shoes or socks to chew on - it cannot differentiate old ones from your brand new ones

• Give your puppy toys of its own to chew on - it is also good to give these to your pup when he begins to teeth on you

• Give your pure bred puppy one of its toys when it acts as though it may chew something it should not

Move items you do not want the puppy to get into out of its reach - cover all power cords, remove pens/ pencils, plants (many are poisonous), books, etc.

With a little bit of planning, patience and caring, you can help your new purebred puppy through this important puppy teething stage of it's life.

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