The Dog Days of Puppyhood: Tips for Dealing with a Teething Puppy

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Posted: 18 October 2018

Did you know that approximately 44 percent of all households in the United States have a dog? There’s a reason why a dog is man’s best friend!

They say that raising a dog is good practice for when it comes time to raise a child. Think about it – you get a puppy, deal with a teething puppy, potty train, and watch the dog grow and love you throughout its life.

The dog provides that furever companionship.

To survive the teething puppy stage, here are some tips that might help!

When Does the Teething Start?

If this is your first time owning a puppy – congrats! Be prepared to have some long and restless nights.

Depending on your puppy’s breed, the teething phase can last 3 months, and puppies should finish with the process by eight months of age. Larger breeds finish teething faster than the smaller ones.

Look for these signs if you believe your puppy is teething:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Drops of blood on their toys caused by tooth loss
  • Mild fever
  • Drooling
  • Mild irritability

Tips to Help with a Teething Puppy

The teething phase for a puppy isn’t fun. They are in a lot of pain and will do anything to stop it, even if it means chewing on all your shoes.

If you’re consistent with the training, the puppy will understand that chewing on your shoes and furniture is wrong.

1. Buy Lots of Toys

Stock up on chew toys to keep your puppy happy. If you want to give them a challenge, get some indestructible chew toys at

2. Put Ice in the Water Bowl

Some pups love ice water so they can play with the cubes. Load up the water bowl and watch how soothing the ice cubes feel in their mouth.

If you’re worried about the pup choking, swap out the cubes for crushed ice instead. As the pup grows, give them the big boy ice.

3. Try Some Chilled Carrots

Believe it or not, a cold carrot soothes the puppy’s gums. Since carrots are high in fiber, avoid giving the puppy carrots all day so they don’t get an upset stomach.

4. Teach Commands

Obedience training important. Teach your puppy the “Leave It” or “No” command so they know what’s right and wrong.

Reward the pup for good behavior and redirecting bad behavior (offer a toy instead of your shoe).

5. Puppy Deterrent Spray

Cat owners use water, dog owners use deterrent spray. The taste isn’t good. Spray down any hard surfaces that the puppy might incline to chew on like furniture legs, stair railings, etc.

Be There for the Puppy

The last thing you want to do is yell at the puppy, go face to face, or grab the muzzle. A hostile environment will scare the pup.

Don’t freak out over finding puppy teeth in the carpet, or some blood on the toys. The teething puppy needs you throughout the painful period.

You’re in this together!

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