Friday, January 31, 2014

For the joy of teething puppies (and safety of your toes and fingers)

I have a 2 month old puppy. He arrived home when he had just incisors, so though we got him a teether, he preferred gnawing at our fingers. But as the rest of his teeth started coming, this seemed to be a bad idea. Their first set of teeth start to appear somewhere between 4-6 weeks and they start loosing their first set, depending on the breed, between the 4th and 6th month. By the 7th or 8th month, they will have their adult set of teeth. This will bring an end to their interest in gnawing at you and your furniture. I read up as much as I could - it is natural for them to nip and bite during the teething period, but we have to discourage biting inappropriate things as much as possible. Redirect their need to nip and chew to other things as early as you can, this will ensure they take lesser interest in biting you. Here are some simple things your puppies will love to sink his/her teeth into:
1) Slices of apple
2) Slices of beetroot or carrots
3) Corn cobs after you have taken the kernels off
* Increase the thickness of the slices as their sharp teeth surface

Mine like these too:
1) De-husking coconuts
2) Socks
3) toothbrush
4) Shoe brush
5) Chewing on coriander or curry leaves ( He must have been a pan-chewing oldie in his last life)

To know more about rawhide chews:

Toys they love at this age:
1) Tennis ball
2) Teether
3) chews made of rawhide
4) Squeaky balls with protrusions

I had made a few toys at home, will share them over the coming days.