Puppies are adorable and curious creatures. They have a lot of energy, which can make them jumpy or destructive if they don’t get the exercise they need. For many people, German Shepherd puppies are their first pet. They’re also one of the most popular breeds in America! We all know that there’s nothing more exciting for a puppy than chewing on something new and different, like shoes or furniture or even your favorite t-shirt. But when do German Shepherds stop teething? And what to do about it? This post will answer these questions and give you some tips to help cut down on chewing behavior problems!
German Shepherds stop teething when they are about 6 to 7 months old. Teething can be intense for a German Shepherd puppy. They might drool, have a lot of trouble sleeping, and chewing on everything in sight.
What is Teething?
Teething, also known as the baby teeth stage, is when a puppy has new or more adult teeth coming in. The teething stage is a very painful time for puppies. Puppies have 28 baby teeth total, which are eventually replaced by a full set of 42 permanent teeth.
First-time German Shepherd owners may not know when to expect teething for their pup and, therefore, might not be prepared for the puppy’s discomfort. First of all, before you learn what to do during the puppy teething period, it would be beneficial to learn about the different teething stages and their corresponding German Shepherd teething age.
German Shepherd Teething Stages
German Shepherd puppy teething starts in the first few weeks of life. All puppies go through this stage, but some do so later than others.
A puppy’s baby teeth come in at about 2 to 4 weeks of age. The first baby teeth (milk teeth) that come in will be the incisors and canine teeth. These teeth are the ones that bite your fingers or toes when you hold them.
By 8 weeks of age, your puppy should already get their set of 28 milk teeth. At 12 weeks of age, a German Shepherd puppy begins to teeth as they lose some of their puppy teeth and are replaced by permanent adult teeth.
The final stage of teething, which starts at about six or seven months old, is known as the late stages.
The third teeth to break through are the molars. These teeth are used for grinding the food down into a paste-like substance before swallowing it. The top two rows make chewing easier because they help move food out of the mouth.
By the time your German shepherd reaches 8 months old, they should have 42 adult teeth, with 28 being visible.
How Long Do German Shepherds Teething Last?
The time it takes for your GSD puppy to finish teething can last anywhere from three to four months, but most German shepherds usually finish teething by six months of age. The adult teeth are usually erupted by the time your puppy is 6 months of age. Anything beyond this age is highly unusual and would be really requiring a vet’s attention.
Generally speaking, large dog breeds like German Shepherd dogs tend to have their teeth come in and erupt sooner than smaller breeds.
German Shepherd Teething Symptoms
Chewing, chewing, and chewing! A teething puppy will chew on anything they can get their paws on. Here are other signs that your puppy is teething:
- Drooling. This can happen because the gums are irritated and sensitive to any touch or even air due to fluid buildup in the mouth from increased saliva production.
- Pawing at the mouth. If your pup is pawing at their mouth, they may be trying to relieve some of that discomfort by rubbing it against something.
- A small amount of blood on toys. You may notice a small amount of blood on the newest toy they are chewing. This is because their gums have become irritated and scratched, leading to a small amount of blood on the outside.
- Red or swollen gums. That can be a sign that your pup is teething, and the tooth might have erupted through its gum.
- Increased gnawing or nipping activities. A puppy with aching teeth will be more inclined to gnaw or nip at anything within reach!
- Having trouble sleeping. Teething dogs may have trouble getting into a deep sleep due to pain.
- Loss of appetite. If your dog isn’t eating as much, it may be due to the pain they are feeling because of their teeth.
- Mild fever. Teething can sometimes bring on a mild fever.
- Change in activity level. Pain can make it hard for a pup to concentrate and focus on playing or even eating.
What Can I Do to Help My German Shepherd Teething Problems?
It is natural for a teething German Shepherd puppy to be cranky when the teething process starts, which means your friend may refuse treats or even run away from you when trying to give them one! Understand that your GSD puppy has an uncomfortable time and try not to take it personally; they are just too focused on their aching teeth.
When you do hold your pup, though, and give them the attention they need (while ignoring any crankiness!), it is important to know what could help make the experience better for both of you.
Foods or Items to Avoid Offering a Teething Puppy
There are a few items that you should avoid giving to your pup while they’re teething:
- Bones or antlers. Giving your pup these objects can lead to broken teeth and other problems, so it is best if you avoid giving bones or antlers to a puppy who is teething.
- Sticks. These objects can be really dangerous to a teething pup because they can splinter inside the teeth and cause injury.
- Rawhide chews or treats. Rawhide is very hard for your pup to chew on, so it could lead to sore gums and broken teeth if you offer them one while they are teething.
- Smaller items. Smaller items can be a choking hazard.
How to Relive Your Puppy’s Sore Gums
Your German Shepherd’s teeth will eventually come in and erupt, but there are a few ways to help make the experience less painful. Since chewing is the most natural way for a pup to relieve some of that pain, try giving them something safe to chew on. These could include bully sticks or a variety of chew toys that massage the gums.
Aside from chew toys, giving your puppy something cold to gnaw on is also a great way to help them get through that teething stage! I like to give my GSD puppy wet towels that I’ve placed in the fridge or teething toys like Kongs. You can stuff them with peanut butter or cream cheese and freeze them.
If you’re looking for a commercial solution, one great option is using a gel that is designed for teething German Shepherds. It helps provide relief by soothing the pup’s gums and giving them something they can gnaw on.
How to Stop Your German Shepherd Puppy Chewing When Teething
Since your pup is teething, they’re more likely to chew on anything in sight. One way to help them stop this behavior is by giving them something appropriate for chewing, like a rubber teething toy or a rope toy that will not cause injury if they get frustrated and start biting too hard.
Teething puppies also have the tendency to nip or gnaw at people and other pets. You’ll want to discourage this behavior by teaching them what is acceptable behavior and what’s not. If your puppy nips too hard at you, simply say “ouch” and walk away. Once your teething German Shepherd puppy has backed off, redirect their attention to something appropriate. This will teach them that nibbling does not feel good or is acceptable behavior.
Problems with Teething
There are many different dental problems that arise during the teething phase, which include malocclusion, retained deciduous teeth, and extra teeth or missing teeth.
There are many problems that can arise during the teething phase for a pup. Malocclusion is one of them. This occurs when the teeth do not meet precisely in front of each other, which can allow food to get trapped. Treatment will range from tooth extractions to endodontic therapy.
Retained Deciduous Teeth
Another problem that can arise during the teething phase is when deciduous teeth are retained within the jaw, which means they don’t fall out as permanent teeth do. This could lead to malocclusion and eventually problems with the permanent teeth that grow behind the deciduous ones. The deciduous teeth should be pulled out through surgery as soon as the permanent teeth have emerged from the gums.
Extra Teeth or Missing Teeth
If your pup’s teeth are not coming in at a proper rate, they could develop extra teeth or missing teeth due to overcrowding within their mouth and jaw which will lead to malocclusion as well.
If a pup has extra teeth that aren’t causing crowding, then no treatment is necessary, but if there is a risk, it should be treated right away.
Dogs with missing teeth should be seen immediately by a dental veterinarian. The vet will perform x-rays to determine what teeth are present, what is causing the missing teeth, and if any further treatment will be required.
Embedded teeth will need to be surgically removed as soon as possible, or they could develop into dentigerous cysts. Teeth that are fractured may need to be extracted because of the risk they pose. Dogs with periodontal disease will undergo a deep dental cleaning or gum surgery and be given anti-inflammatory medications.
German Shepherd Puppy Proofing Your Home
Your teething German Shepherd pup will be in the process of growing their teeth, which means they may test out what’s chewable. This is a good reason t to puppy-proof your home during this time so that you can keep them safe and prevent any injury or damage from occurring.
Here are some tips for German Shepherd puppy-proofing your home:
- Remove any items that are breakable and could be chewed on.
- Check for loose cords or electrical wires, anything they might chew on while teething.
- Put away shoes to avoid them chewing the laces off of them.
- Prepare plenty of chew toys in every room that your pup spends time in so that they can chew on them instead of any furniture.
- Limit access to cleaning supplies or other things that might be toxic if ingested.
- Keep your medicines in a safe place so that they cannot be accessed.
- Designate a chewing area for your pup, such as a pen area.
- Place a protective cover on your furniture.
- Place hot or electrical appliances on the floor or high up on a counter.
- Spray taste deterrent on off-limit items or furniture that you don’t want your pup to chew on.
Caring for a Puppy’s Adult Teeth
Teeth problems are not limited to teething pups. Once your pup is full-grown, they will also need teeth care and dental maintenance from time to time. Brushing their adult teeth once a day or a minimum of three times a week should be enough for most dogs.
For brushing, you can use a dog-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste. Toothbrushes should be soft, and toothpaste should be formulated for dogs. Remember, never use human toothpaste because it contains ingredients that are toxic to dogs.
Dental treats and chew objects that promote dental health can also be given to help keep their teeth clean. Lastly, don’t forget to take your pup in to see the vet for their next dental check-up and teeth cleaning.