Around two weeks of age, a puppy begins to get his baby teeth; by the time he is 12 weeks old, he will have all of them. Not long after the last baby teeth are in, the puppy will begin to lose them and new, permanent teeth will take their place. As the new teeth come in, the puppy might experience redness, swelling and irritation. You can take steps to alleviate his pain and reduce the risk of your puppy chewing up valuable items while he’s teething.
Step 1 – Provide your puppy with acceptable times on which to chew. While the new teeth are putting pressure on a puppy’s gums, chewing is a natural reaction. If you don’t provide a chew toy, your puppy will look for something else to chew, including furniture, shoes and other things you value. Offer hi only one or two chew toys, and preset them to your puppy before he starts chewing on something else. If you supply too many chew toys, your puppy may not distinguish them from other things that seem chewable.
Step 2 – Enhance your puppy’s desire to chew on his designated toy by rubbing a small bit of peanut butter on it once or twice a day. Do not go overboard on the peanut butter and tray a alternate flavor occasionally, such as bacon grease.
Step 3 – Give your puppy an ice cube to chew. Ice water provides great relief and will keep your puppy busy entertaining itself with the ice cubes.
Teething can last from five months to one year (or longer).