Puppy Talk: Teething

Is your puppy starting to teethe? Are they chewing on your favorite shoes, furniture, and the *GASP* macbook cord? Take a deep breath PetParents, because we are here to help ease your (and your dog’s ) teething pains.

1. Make Your Freezer Your Friend 

Your puppy’s teeth are probably causing them some pain as they start to grow in, as they would for a human. Start giving them cold treats and toys, like a frozen KONG treat. The cold will help numb the teething pain as their teeth start come in, and the toy will keep them busy chewing for hours. Even frozen veggies like carrots and green beans are great healthy treats for your teething puppy. Freeze a bunch of green beans or carrots and give a few to the as a treat.

2. Invest in Teething Toys 

There are tons of great toys our there that can help your teething  pet. We recommend the Chilly Bone. The Chilly Bone is a toy that has a non-toxic liquid that can easily freeze in your freezer. Your puppy will love playing with this cold toy that will not only give them something to chew on, but ease their teething pains. Nylabone is also a great toy for your teething dog. Built to withstand the chewing needs of any dog, a Nylabone is a great toy for your teething dog. Leaving for the day? Give your pup a Nylabone in their crate!

3. Utilize a crate or baby gate 

It’s best to keep your puppy in a puppy ‘safe zone’ when you’re not able to supervise. A crate or gated off area with hard floors (easy to clean in case of an accident!) are the best solutions. Provide your puppy with a bed, and a few appropriate food toys while they’re in the puppy safe zone so they stay entertained and happy.

4. A tired puppy

You know what they say “A tired dog is a good dog” and that applies to puppies too! Take your puppy for a short walk, a romp in the backyard, or to make some new friends. New experiences are exciting, and exhausting. Your puppy will be much less likely to get his destructive chew on if he’s fully exercised and worn out.


  • Cindy Barbee Aultman says:

    Our puppy is teething and has numerous toys to chew on, but he would rather bite our fingers, arms, legs, toes etc. He is four months old, gets plenty of food, water, exercise and attention. This is our first puppy and we are at a loss as to how to get him to stop biting us and our friends who come over. Any suggestions would help, should we punish him by putting him in his kennel? I thank you in advance for any help you can give us.

    • Tammy says:

      Hi Cindy!
      I just brought home my 8 week old whippet puppy. He’s got his razor sharp puppy teeth and seems to be interested in chewing everything except the toys we’ve given him! Our vet gave us what looked like a flat rawhide chip chew, which actually keeps him occupied. The key is to take it away once the chew gets to small. But ask your vet to see what he or she recommends! I don’t like to use his kennel as a form of punishment because your puppy should learn that his kennel is a safe place for him to go. 🙂 Hope that helps!

      • Cindy Barbee Aultman says:

        Thank you Tammy. I will ask our vet about this. I do not like to use his kennel for punishment either. I realize that he is still just a baby and that this is normal, but he does this to everyone who comes into our home. Fingers and toes are his favorites. This does help and again I thank you. Good luck with your new baby! 🙂

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