Puppies four to six months of age want to chew everything they see because they are in the period when permanent teeth are born. To relieve pain, give options to chew and offer a snack every now and then. It is important to prepare the house too, preventing furniture and dangerous objects from being shattered.
Method 1 of 3: Letting the animal gnaw safely
Step 1. Give the puppy chew toys
Such objects help to satisfy the needs of the little one. When the new teeth start pressing on the gums, the puppies' natural reaction is to chew; if you don't have a toy, your furniture, shoes and other items will suffer damage.
- Higher quality chew toys are made from stronger materials such as nylon, thick plastic and longer-lasting ropes.
- The best types are KONG toys, chewing ropes, interactive puzzles, hard plastic bones and toothpicks.
- Choose a toy that is appropriate for the animal's size. For example, a small breed should not chew on something made for large dogs, whereas large animals might choke if they try to bite into something made for smaller dogs.
Step 2. Spread peanut butter on toys
If the puppy doesn't just want to chew on the designated objects, give them an incentive: rub some peanut butter on them (a small spoonful is enough). Don't overdo it, or the dog won't eat more nutritious foods.
Step 3. Take a cold rag
Take an old washcloth or rag, wet it, wring it out, and place it in a stretched-out shape in the freezer (like a rope). When chewing begins, offer it to relieve sore gums. The good thing about this method is that when the cloth is defrosted, just rinse it and then freeze it again.
Step 4. Avoid thin plastic and rawhide
Toys made from thin or edible materials such as rawhide are not recommended for puppies, as they can be broken into several pieces and end up causing the little one to cut or choke. Therefore, avoid giving the animal the following:
- Leather bones;
- Boiled bones;
- Plastic balls;
- stuffed animals;
- Foam filled toys.
Method 2 of 3: Relieving Pain
Step 1. Give an ice cube
Believe me, it's possible that the furry loves to suck on ice, as this softens the gums. Hold the ice with your palm outstretched and don't be frightened if the animal snatches it from your hand; another option is to place one or two cubes in the bowl to cool the water.
If the dog is a small breed (poodle, for example), leave a bowl of crushed ice instead of giving a cube
Step 2. Massage Toto's gums
Buy a finger cot from the vet or pet store, place it on the finger, gently place that finger inside the dog's mouth and massage the gums in a circular motion with the textured side. Thus, you will be reducing irritation and preventing more things from being gnawed.
A finger cot is a brush that fits on your finger so you can brush your pet's teeth
Step 3. Have a snack
Certain foods help to reduce pain and also serve as a reward for not chewing on furniture. Remember that snacks should not be given after misbehavior; only reward him if he does something right.
- Cold foods can also serve as a relief, in addition to being tasty. Some “dishes” that are good when placed in the freezer are donuts, strawberries and bananas.
- Another excellent option is the meat sticks: the furry will spend a long time chewing one of these.
Step 4. Take the puppy to the vet
The professional will be able to tell if the permanent teeth are growing correctly. What's more, if Geek still has baby teeth after six months of age, the veterinarian can remove them to ensure the perms are lined up correctly.
Some breeds, such as terriers, are more susceptible to teething problems than others
Method 3 of 3: Preparing the House
Step 1. Keep dangerous objects out of reach
Certain items can harm the puppy if gnawed or swallowed; make sure none of them are visible or within reach of the dog. Hide:
- electrical wiring;
- children's toys and miniature dolls;
- Shoes, socks and other clothing items;
- Plastic bags;
Step 2. Use dog repellent on furniture
Believe me: there is only one spray with the tastes most hated by dogs. Pass it on furniture to teach the furry a lesson (you can find this product at the pet shop or online)
- They have flavors like sour apple or sour cherry, and some can even be spicy.
- In the first use, splash the product on a cloth or toilet paper and let the dog sniff and taste. This will teach you not to chew things that smell like that. Now, just spray the furniture.
Step 3. Supervise Toto
Puppies need constant supervision; to ensure that toys and not furniture (or dangerous objects) are chewing, always watch the little one while he chews something or plays.
If he starts chewing something he shouldn't, stop him by making loud noises and give the chew toy as a replacement. As soon as he starts gnawing on the right object, praise him. On the other hand, if he still gnaws at the furniture, pick him up and take him somewhere else
Step 4. Get away after taking a little nibble
It is important that the dog does not learn to bite the owner instead of toys. A nibble or two is natural, but discourage him after the fact by yelling out loud something like “ouch” or “no!”, pulling his hand away and leaving the room for a few seconds. That way, the puppy will learn not to bite you.
Step 5. Secure him
It is important that there is an area or room for the dog to stay in when you are not there. Ideally, there should be nothing that can be gnawed or destroyed in this area. When you put him there, also leave one or two chew toys so he has something to do while you're gone.
- A laundry or bathroom should serve this purpose.
- You can purchase a dog crib at a pet store or online. Set it up before leaving the house and leave Toto inside.
- If you are training him to stay in the cage, leave him in it for short periods of time; if you only come back at the end of the day, the furry will need more space than just a cage.
- If your dog is bored with chew toys, try to vary which one he uses each time. With a variation like this, just change toys every time he shows boredom.
- It is important that he does not have access to any objects that cannot be destroyed.
- Puppies learn that they cannot bite others through the litter. For this reason, siblings should not be separated before they are two months old.
- If your pet has baby teeth that are six months old or older, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have them removed.
- Never give snacks that contain onions or garlic.