That Terrible Teething Time – Boy, My Bed Tastes Great!
Money Penny, a Cocker Spaniel puppy, really liked the taste of her bed – plus the hassock for a snack, but who could get mad at that cute face, says her owner Jackie Curr of Spring, TX.
It is natural for dogs to chew, and puppies chew a lot when they are teething.
Teething typically happens around 13 to 16 weeks, and this gives pups the need to chew to relieve their sore gums. Another stage of chewing starts around 4 to 7 months, and this is the exploratory phase of “let me bite, taste, chew everything around me.”
Make sure you give your puppy plenty of items to help ease their sore gums – some ideas include soaking a wash cloth in water and freezing it; stuffing a hollow hard-rubber toy with peanut butter and freezing it; giving the puppy some ice cubes; and there are even commercial puppy teething toys that you can wet and freeze to give to puppies
Always provide numerous appropriate chew toys for puppies.
Puppy-proof your houseby picking up any small objects that they could ingest when loose in the house.
Always supervise a puppy when they are not safely in their crate or other area. If your puppy is eating its bedding, take it out unless you can supervise.