Puppy chewing driving you crazy? I understand. My 5-month old puppy, Izzy, has challenged me with her endless need to chew. A few facts might help you understand why puppies chew. Did you know…
- Between the age of 2 – 8 weeks, puppies get 28 baby teeth.
- By the age of 8 months, all those baby teeth are replaced by 42 permanent adult teeth.
That’s A LOT of teething, ouch! The discomfort puppies feel in their gums causes an incredible desire to chew.
My puppy is done losing her baby teeth and is in process of growing her adult set of teeth. When a new tooth is popping through, her gums are visibly red and tender. It looks painful and I can understand why she wants to sink her teeth into something.
Other reasons why puppies chew include:
- Boredom – Puppies have a lot of energy. If they’re not sleeping or eating, they want to play! If they have nothing to do or do not get proper exercise, chewing will likely occur. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog! Plenty of exercise will help your puppy behave.
- Curiosity – Puppies mouths are their tool for learning, and they use it to explore their new home.
My best advice for how to stop puppy chewing :
To help my puppy through teething pain and all the other reasons she chews (and to help keep my furniture and rugs intact), I encourage her to use her chew toys. The basic idea is chew toys are an alternative to an inappropriate behavior. Especially when she was 1 – 3 months old, I would not even sit down without having a few toys within my reach to use as distractions when she started to chew on something – or somebody. If she started to chew on something inappropriate, I would say a firm “NO” and present her with a chew toy to distract her.
Since I work at a pet supplies company, I tend to buy A LOT of dog toys. Chew toys are really important because chewing is a natural urge for any dog, regardless of age. But from my personal experience with raising a puppy, I do have my Top 5 chew toy recommendations – or I should say Izzy’s has her favorite chew toys!
These rings are a low-fat, digestible chew treat that must be mighty tasty! Izzy REALLY loved these and one ring would keep her busy for quite a while. (I think my 3-year-old dog snatched it away from her sometimes.)
I admit I have a few rugs that fell victim to Izzy’s chewing, along with a few extra teeth marks in a wood chair or two. But, the toys really did a great job at distracting her away from her inappropriate behavior. At the age of 5-months now, she LOVES her toys. Although her chew toys are still her favorite, she also really likes toys that squeak or make some sort of noise. Every day she digs around in the toy basket and finds just the perfect one to fit her mood.
Please feel free to add a comment to share any tips you might have to stop puppy chewing!
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