Both of my dogs are fully grown now, but when I think back to the teething stage, I can still remember the feeling of razorblade-sharp puppy teeth biting into my hand. OUCH! As a puppy loses those sharp baby teeth and his adult teeth start coming in, they will bite down on practically anything they can fit their mouth around. I’m not just talking about dog toys and bones. That “anything” also includes your hands, feet, shoes, furniture, wall molding, etc.
If you’ve just entered the teething stage then you’re likely wondering, “How long is this going to last?!” As a general rule of thumb, larger dog breeds go through the teething phase/get their adult teeth quicker than smaller breeds. But the following timeline will help give you an idea of what to expect:
Puppy Teething Stages
- Birth: No teeth yet.
- 2-4 weeks: Puppy teeth start coming in.
- 6-7 weeks: Baby teeth should be in by this point. Dogs usually have about 28 baby teeth total.
- 3-4 months: Baby teeth begin to loosen and fall out. While you may find baby teeth around your home, puppies often swallow their baby teeth when they’re eating or playing.
- 6-8 months: By this point, all baby teeth should have fallen out and most puppies have their full adult teeth. In general, adult dogs have about 42 teeth.
If you notice any baby teeth remaining once your pooch reaches 8 months old, consult with your vet because they may need to be removed.
How To Survive Puppy Teething
When puppies are going through the teething phase, they bite everything in sight as a way to sooth the discomfort. So, if your pup attempts to chew on something inappropriate, redirect his chewing attention to something else. Here are a few good options:
- Rope toys are hard to destroy, easy to clean, and totally affordable. While you can simply give your dog the rope toy as is, you can also soak it in water and then pop it in the freezer. The cold will help soothe your dog’s gums.
- Frozen carrots can also sooth the gums and are a healthy snack for your pooch.
- The Chilly Bone is a product designed specifically for teething puppies. According to the Amazon description: “The idea of the toy is simple, soak the toy under water, place the toy inside the plastic bag that is included and place it in your freezer. Once the toy is frozen it is ready for play.”
- Classic Kong stuffed with your pups favorite food and frozen. *Click here for dozens of Kong stuffer ideas!
When dealing with the teething stage you can also try:
- Crate training can help keep your pooch out of trouble (and your home safe from puppy teeth) when you can’t keep an eye on your pup. *Click here to see my 5 step crate training success plan!
- Spraying a little Bitter Apple onto your dog’s favorite no-no chew area can help put a stop to the issue. Once your dog begins gnawing on the bitter-coated spot, he should be deterred by the taste.
Is Your Dog Past The Teething Phase And Still Chewing Everything In Sight?
If once your puppy has all of his adult teeth and he is still chewing on everything in sight, this is not due to teething. Rather, he is curious and exploring the world with his mouth. This is where training comes in!