Puppy teething is the process of growing temporary teeth (also called "milk teeth" or "baby teeth") until the eruption of the adult teeth.
So, if your puppy starts chewing on everything, from your shoes to walls and baseboards, he's probably starting to teething! And if your puppy is already on this stage, you probably wondering when do puppies stop teething... right? Let's find out, but first things first:
when do puppies start teething?
Just like us, puppies are born without any teeth. The first temporary teeth begin to appear at about 2 to 3 weeks old until 8 to 10 weeks old.
Puppy's teeth are very different from an adult dog's teeth, they are less (28 puppy teeth vs. 42 adult teeth, puppies don't have molars) and are very thin and sharp.
There is some speculation about the purpose of puppies sharp teeth. From the evolutionary standpoint, the sharpness is to compensate for the lack of strong jaws. Other theories suggest that the sharpness aids the puppies to learn the basics of bite inhibition while playing with their siblings, so be careful while you're playing with your puppy.
when do puppies stop teething
Some new puppy owners wonder "do puppies lose their teeth"? The answer is yes, and usually, they start falling out at about 10 to 12 weeks old.
But don't expect to find them on the ground, you'll be lucky if you find one. Puppies usually just swallow them as soon as they fall out. Don't worry, it's a normal behavior.
When the puppy teeth fall out in your presence you'll notice that your puppy is chewing something, and that's probably your best chance to avoid that your puppy swallows it. But again, don't worry too much with that.
Puppy teething timeline
2 - 4 weeks
8 - 10 weeks
10 - 12 weeks
5 - 6 months
Puppy born without teeth
Puppy teeth start erupting
Puppy teeth are complete
Adult teeth start erupting
Adult teeth are complete
Products That Can Help During Teething
When puppies lose their teeth, they love to chew. If you don't give your puppy appropriate chew toys, he will eventually start to chew your furniture. It's inevitable.
But, don't give your puppy an old sock or shoe to chew, because he will associate that object to chewing and he can't tell the difference between an old shoe and your new favorite shoes!
Best Teething Toys For Puppies
KONG Puppy Toy
Puppy teething ring
Theres also some products that can help your puppy to understand what items are not for chewing.
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