The moment you bring a new puppy home might just be the happiest in a long time, but the initial high will wear off the moment your cute little friend starts chewing on everything that happens to be in his or her path. Why is that happening? It is all due to a natural process called teething, and you’re the only one who can make everything better.
What is teething, anyway?
Teething is part of your puppy’s natural development. Just like humans, dogs first get a set of baby teeth. Luckily for dog owners, the definite teeth do not take years to make their appearance, and the entire thing usually lasts for about two months.
Nonetheless, these two months can be horrendous or manageable, and it is all up to you. For reasons unknown to many of us, the baby teeth on a puppy are pretty sharp, and they can cut through almost anything.
The puppy experiences an itching sensation, that can only be soothed by chewing on stuff. And, yes, unfortunately, that includes your sweaters, your shoes, and even the electrical wires in your home. That is why a few tips for managing a teething puppy are a must-learn for dog owners.
Keep your shoes away and mark any electrical wires
If you do not want the teething period in your puppy’s life to happen with the cost of everything valuable and chewable you might have, the best advice is to put them away. Also, be aware of the more dangerous items that can be seen as desirable by a chewing puppy, such as exposed electrical wires.
All these things you do are pretty much like baby-proofing the house. As you don’t want your valuables damaged and your puppy out of harm’s way, such things are necessary.
Give your puppy something else to chew
Puppies do not chew everything in their path because they’re riled up by some mean streak that you don’t know about. The itching experienced in their gums makes them do that. What you can do, once you put away all the things that your new puppy should not chew on, is to give him or her something more suitable to do so.
You will find many toys for teething puppies available in pet stores, and the best suggestion is to get a few for the little bundle of love you have at home. Of course, your puppy may still get to chew something else on the side, from time to time, but, like everything else concerning pets and the care you have for them, this is a labor of love.
There are many things you can do to protect your home from a teething puppy on a rampage. You can spray the areas that seem to be particularly preferred by the puppy with a substance that acts as a repellent.
Don’t go into the habit of pushing your fingers inside the puppy’s mouth. He or she will only see it as an encouragement. Just bring the chewable toys in and praise your puppy each time he or she uses them instead of anything else.