When do puppies stop teething?


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Our question this week was:

I live in Singapore and have an eight and a half month old dachshund. When do puppies normally stop teething? Because our dog seems to need lots of things to chew on, and she sometimes chews our hands too. Thank you!

Ling Hui Tay


Hi – thanks for your email from Singapore! Your question was – when do puppies stop teething. The answer is – they generally stop teething when they have all of their adult teeth. This generally occurs around 5 to 6 months of age.

The most common teething time is between 12 and 20 weeks of age. Make sure you have plenty of safe chew toys during this time so your dog has an acceptable outlet for his chewing.

Articles that might be helpful to you are Safe Chew Toys for Your Dog and Nipping and Mouthing by Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.