If you have read our article about the different stages of puppy development then you know that teething occurs between the ages of three and six months. During this phase most puppies will be unable to control the urge to chew in order to relieve some of the pain and discomfort associated with teething, and to help with the removal of puppy teeth and the emergence of the adult teeth. Some of the reasons for why a puppy may chew so excessively are, to exercise their jaws, to explore and find out new information about their environment, and also just for fun.
How long do puppies chew?
As the initial teething phase comes to an end, a fiercer urge to chew forms. This new urge begins around seven to ten months of age and will last for about six months. Puppies of particular breeds may chew more aggressively, probably because they have been bred to use their mouth for more than just eating. Labradors for example are bred with the ability to easily carry things in their mouths.
When do puppies stop chewing?
It is around this time that a puppy in the wild would start travelling away from its den to explore more of the environment. The problem a lot of dogs have is that they are confined to such a small living area, they are simply unable to properly explore, and so their desire for exploration is routed into chewing. It is important to remember that all dogs chew on objects, regardless of their value (as dogs have no sense of value). Take preventive measures to ensure there are no valuable items within your puppy’s reach. As your puppy grow older and matures his desire to chew on anything and everything will subside.