Just as is the case with human children, puppies go through a period when they start to lose their baby teeth. During this time, a puppy’s gums become red, swollen, and irritated. The only thing that helps them find relief from such discomforting conditions is biting, chewing and nibbling on everything in sight. The key to helping your pooch get through this chewing phase is to give it proper soothing distractions for his teething problem. Here are some specific ways to help him and at the same time save your furnishings.
- Chew Toys: Provide your puppy with objects that he/she can chew on without incurring your wrath. For this, provide him/her with plenty of chew toys. However, be sure to freeze some of his her toys. Coldness helps to relieve some of the discomfort your pet is feeling at this time.
- Use a chewing deterrent: Some items you may not mind your pooch gnawing on but you may prefer to spare certain items in your household from his/her sensitive little teeth. Use a spray-on deterrent to keep your puppy from biting on objects such as furniture.
- Puppy-proof the environment: Use a puppy gate or other barrier to block certain areas of your house that you wish to protect from puppy nipping. Also, be careful where you place items such as targets like cords, shoes and throw rugs.
- Use proper corrective techniques: When your puppy does nip you then try over-reacting. Scream like a wounded animal would. Sooner or later your pooch will get the hint that biting you or your family members is inappropriate behavior.
- Use herbs: Herbal plants such as chamomile and lavender have been known to relieve the pain that comes with teething. Try making a tea from these herbal plants and pouring it over your puppy’s food.
When will it End?
The important thing to remember is to be supportive. Your puppy is only following what his instinct tells him will relieve his discomfort. You can’t blame him/her for that but you can take the opportunity to correct it from excessive biting in general. Your English cream golden retrievers will get their lives off to the right start if they know their new parents will support them no matter what. We have white golden retrievers that are ready to go to a wonderfully supportive and understanding home.