How to Handle a Teething Puppy

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A teething puppy should be taught not to bite hard on human hands, but he should also be provided with plenty of chew toys to get him through his uncomfortable teething stage. Let a puppy know when he has bitten too hard with helpful tips from an experienced dog trainer in this free video on canine behavior.

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How to handle a teething puppy. Teething is obviously losing their puppy teeth and getting in their next, adult teeth. Puppies love to bite and that, some of that is teething, some of that is learning how to appropriately use their mouth, and so from a training perspective biting is not necessarily a bad thing for a dog and a puppy. What you want them to learn is how hard they can bite before play stops, so obviously if he bit me too hard I might say ow, ow, and distract him. I might also take my hand away, take my toys away and go home so that I'm no longer fun. It's also important with a teething puppy, obviously, they're losing their teeth, their gums are sensitive, it's most comfortable to be able to chew. Just like a baby would chew on something cool to soothe their gums. So you want to make sure at all times, but especially when dogs are puppies that they have ample chew toys. Help them remove those puppy teeth and help get healthy new teeth in, and also give them something to satisfy that desire to chew, so, and not always have it be on human hands. Puppy teeth are very uncomfortable as we all know if we've played with a puppy, they're very sharp and pointy. So make sure that you have a suitable toy that your puppy likes to sink his teeth into that you can substitute for your hands while they're going through this difficult stage.

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