Just like kids, our beloved Beagle puppies also go through the teething stage and this of course means there will be a lot of chewing. While the puppy is teething, it’s a good idea to hide everything you don’t want chewed up out of his reach.
Beagle Teething Stages
The age at which they enter these stages can vary from puppy to puppy. However here is what you can expect from your Beagle:
- 6 – 8 weeks old: The baby teeth start to come in. The 28 teeth grow out really sharp so that they have an easier time chewing their food. Since their jaws are not as powerful as they would be if they were adults, they need the little extra help.
- 3 – 4 Months old: The pup starts to lose his baby teeth. You probably won’t notice any fallen teeth because they like to swallow them. Don’t worry though, it’s not harmful and the teeth will pass through their bodies without problems.
- 7 – 8 Months old: For the most part all 42 of the adult teeth should come in. This however doesn’t mean it’s the end of constant chewing. Dogs will be dogs and your Beagle will continue chewing to pass the time when he is bored. So if you haven’t already, it’s time to train him to only chew on his chew toys.
Teething and Chewing Problems
When the new teeth start growing in, the Beagles gums will start to itch and the only way for them to relieve that itch is to chew on something. Unfortunately that something is usually our shoes, furniture or something else that we don’t want chewed up.
So to fix this problem, we have to teach the Beagle pup to chew only things we approve of, his chew toys. Since we can’t really explain to the dog in human language, we have to reward him for chewing on his toys and correct him and his teeth start munching on our personal belongings. The sooner you start doing this, the sooner the puppy will learn the difference between the two.
Teething however is not the only cause for chewing. Puppies also use their teeth to feel the texture and to taste strange new things. Children like to touch and feel new things – puppies like to put them in their mouth. So if the first thing the Beagle pup does is sink his teeth in to the toy he sees for the first it, it’s probably not because he is teething. It’s most likely because he is curious what it feels and tastes like.
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