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.