Post # 1
Our poor baby has started teething, and I can tell it hurts him a bunch 🙁 We give him as many dog toys and stuff to chew as much as possible, but I don’t know what else to do.
He’s 5 months old now, how long is it before teething ends?
Post # 4
My lab is over a year now, but he still shreds toys like crazy..I think I remember around 4/5 months was the WORST time for him because he was losing his baby teeth and his adult teeth were coming in. I would find his teeth on the floor! I just gave him lots of ice and would freeze some of his toys overnight which seemed to help.
Post # 5
Labs are known to be chewers and a bit crazy for the first 3 years. Our boy just turned 2 and still chews everything. While the teething ended at about 6 months (I think – it’s been so long), he still continued to chew anything and everything. Poor boy is still crated – we tried one of the x-pens and he removed a 12″x6″ spot in our carpeting, straight to the plywood.
I did frozen toys and lots of kongs, but that was it. Even now we have limited toys as this dogs can completely destroy things in minutes.
Post # 6
teething depends on the dog but can last til around 7-8 mths
Post # 7
Well as a random side note I think dogs will always be “mouthy” as chewing is an instinctual desire! If he is getting into naughty things just make sure you have plenty of toys and things that your baby can have at, and redirect him to!
As far as there little razors falling out and the big ones in , it really depends. It only took about a month for the majority to come out but we also played a ton of tug and mouth oriented games that had them popping out left and right.
Post # 8
Fair game. Chewiness I’m not fussed about – he IS a dog, and a lab at that haha. And he’s very gentle with his mouth for the most part. I just wondered when he would stop teething, as it’s not nice seeing the baby having bleeding gums 🙁
Parents won’t let toys go in the freezer, because ‘that’s where the food is kept’ blahblahblah. I’ve just given him a lot of tough toys and rawhide chews, stuff he can really bite down on.
Hopefully it will end soon 🙂 Thanks for the info everyone!
Post # 9
My lab mix only teethed for a few months. I gave her whole carrots from the fridge that were cold and that seemed to help her out quite a bit. Also, just having a variety of chew toys available helps. I made sure she had a rope toy, puppy kong, and some stuffed ones always available to gnaw on. That also helps teach them what is and isn’t appropriate to chew on. I found that once she had her adult teeth, she really wanted to kind of try them out and that’s when we had to switch to tougher toys and take away the soft ones (she will chew all but kongs to pieces now).
Oh, also ice cubes! They love chewing them if you put them on the floor or in their dish.
Post # 10
Just take a peek in there and see how many baby teeth are left! When they all fall out he’ll be done. 🙂
And, yes, our pup started destroying stuffy toys and now is only allowed kongs and nylabones.
Post # 11
@OrchidsandCandles: If you can’t put dog toys in the freezer you can try freezing food for you puppy. Besides ice as a PP suggested, you could freeze broth ice cubes to keep your puppy interested, as well as fruits and vegetables such as carrots, strawberries, watermelon, apples, sweet potatoe, etc. My lab loves watermelon and sweet potatoes especially.
I also found this idea on daillypuppy.com :
Freeze a clean dishrag after dipping it in water and wringing it out. Twist the damp dishrag into a tight, rope-like shape and let it freeze that way. When your puppy shows signs of needing to chew, offer the frozen rag to chill and temporarily numb his gum pain. When the rag warms and softens, you can rinse it out and refreeze it.
Post # 12
He seems to absolutely RELISH ice cubes, so I’m just giving him those whenever I can… Seem to be doing the trick. 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY
Bruford is only a quarter lab, and at 10 months, his last 2 baby teeth JUST fell out. Now we are experiencing a second wave of teething and he has been very naughty, chewing crocs, the newspaper, bedding… tsk tsk tsk.
There are a lot of labs who never grow out of the “teething” if you will. My Mother-In-Law raises them, and currently have 4 girls. 3 of them, ages 12, 6 and 3 need to be crated during the day because of their destructive behavior! It just goes with the territory I guess!