Teething

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What is Teething?

Dogs go through developmental stages, like humans, as they grow. When they're young, a large part of their life is devoted to exploring and learning how to interact with their surroundings.

Just like babies, they do this by teething. Or, in other words, by putting everything in their mouth. During this time, they learn and develop habits that are most likely going to stay with your puppy for life.

Chewing an object gives the puppy lots of information - what it tastes like, what happens when they interact with it etc. If you encourage this behaviour, they will learn that it's okay to be rough with this particular item. Your puppy will remember to prefer that texture. In this period, they are continuously learning and developing.

Therefore, when you see your puppy chewing something you don't want them to bite, it's important to take action immediately. Popular ways of deterring a puppy is using an anti-chew spray, or offering a more appealing alternative e.g. a flavoured chew toy. (You can flavour it with dental spray, or a tasty paste/treat).

First weeks 
During the first few weeks of a puppy's life, they are completely dependent on their mum. Having no teeth makes feeding easier.

Four weeks old
Towards the beginning of their fourth week, milk teeth are budding. The puppies also begin to nip at their mum's teats.

Usually, the first teeth to erupt are the canines from 3 weeks, followed by the incisors. Molars are permanent from their eruption and appear when your dog is five to seven months.

Milk Teeth Formula (or primary dentition): 2 (I3/3 C1/1 P3/3)
It means they have 12 incisors (six on the upper jaw, six on the lower), four canines (2 on each jaw) and twelve premolars (including the carnassial).

3-4 weeks old

The first baby teeth start to arrive, corresponding with weaning onto semi-solid foods. In our house, the normal puppy kibble is Doodle Puppy, with warm water added to create a porridge consistency. 

There are initially 28 baby or 'milk' teeth coming in during this transition from nursing to soft food. 

4-6 weeks old

Puppies are still with their mum and little siblings. They continue nursing. By this point, the budding teeth can hurt mum as they're sharp. Unsurprisingly, she becomes reluctant to nurse. 

Biting mum's teats and then being scolded for it is the earliest lesson of biting inhibition. It's important for puppies to learn so they know the same rules apply to mouthing human hands in the future. 

The first vet check is at four weeks old. The puppy receives the Parvo and Kennel Cough vaccines. The vet will also check the initial jaw alignment and teeth. However, minor abnormalities might not be visible yet. 

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6-8 weeks old

At six weeks, the puppies have a second check-up. The vet will vaccinate and look for 28 baby teeth (12 incisors, four canines, 12 premolars). 

At eight weeks, you can adopt a puppy! The transition to dry food is complete, and they no longer need water mixed in. Their food is 100% dry as they can crunch the kibble (we use Doodle Puppy still). 

They spend less time with mum, learning further biting inhibition from their litter siblings instead. 

8-18 weeks old

The breeder will prepare the puppies for adoption. If your puppy arrives home at this age, they usually have 14 teeth in the upper jaw and 14 in the lower. 

We advise purchasing a teething kit as your puppy will be transitioning into adult teeth imminently.

After 12 weeks of age, you can start training as they are fully vaccinated. We begin with clicker training and cues such as 'leave-it.'

At this stage, your puppy should have lost all their milk teeth and have a complete set of adult teeth. 

The adult teeth formula is 2(I3/3 C1/1 P4/4) = 42.

18 weeks+

As the adult teeth erupt, you need to brush your puppy's teeth at least 3x a week. Check if the adult teeth are pushing the baby ones out. They shouldn't be coming through behind or in front of the milk teeth. If you have trouble brushing your dog's teeth, our dental or plaque sprays are popular. You spray them onto toys, and they provide an easy way to clean teeth, gums, plaque and tartar. No brushing is required, and it freshens your dog's breath. 

14 months old 

Your pup is over a year old now! At their annual booster/check, the vet will check if all the adult teeth are in. In the event of any problems (e.g. double teeth), an extraction is an option. They might also recommend a dental program for professional cleaning. 

It's essential that a dog's breath is fresh and their teeth as free from plaque build-up. 

At this stage, your puppy should have lost all their milk teeth and have a complete set of adult teeth. 

The adult teeth formula is 2(I3/3 C1/1 P4/4) = 42.

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