If you are a beagle puppy owner, knowing when your new pet will stop teething is an important question you’ve probably begun to ask yourself. Though the puppy stage is one of the cutest for dog owners, it can also be frustrating, especially when your puppy starts teething. Not only will your beagle start chewing everything in sight, but it can also be hard to watch your new four-legged family member experience pain.
When Do Beagles Stop Teething?
Most beagles will begin teething around 3 months old and will stop teething by the time they turn 8 months old. Knowing the stages of teething, how to tell when teething is starting, and tips to help your pup through the process will make the whole experience easier on both of you.
Just like human babies, puppies go through many stages of development, with teething being a big one. Most pups are ready to leave their mother by around 8 weeks old, and that’s when the real fun begins! Bringing home your bundle of joy is going to create lots of new memories for you and your family, but knowing how to deal with their teething period will keep the puppy stage from becoming a hassle and keep everyone happy in the process.
Puppies are one of life’s great joys. I have had so much fun raising dogs throughout my life, but the teething stage is one I’m never sad to see go. Read on to see what I’ve learned to make this process less painful, so you can enjoy the puppy months with your Beagle.
When Will My Beagle Puppy Stop Teething?
Beagle puppies make great pets – but at some point, you will ask yourself, “Is this teething period ever going to end?” Let’s dive deeper into the different stages of your pup’s teething and learn what we can do to help them through each one.
The Stages of Beagle Puppy Teething
Like humans, beagles are born without visible teeth, though their milk teeth start coming in when they’re around 2 weeks old. By the time they’re around 8 weeks old, they will have all their milk teeth and be ready to leave their mothers and start on solid food.
Those first teeth don’t stick around for long, though. By 12 weeks, beagles are already rapidly growing, and their teeth are too! Those milk teeth will start falling out and it won’t be surprising to find them in your carpets, or nestled in a food bowl.
This process isn’t painful to your pet, but the next stage can be.
As the milk teeth fall out, the roots of the teeth are reabsorbed into your puppy’s gums, and the adult teeth push what’s left of the baby teeth out. This is the official teething stage and can be quite painful for some pups.
By 8 months old, most beagle pups will be done with the teething process. At this point, they will have 42 adult teeth, (which is 10 more than we humans have!)
How to Tell When Teething is Starting…and Done!
As I mentioned before, teething for beagles usually starts around 12 weeks, when their milk teeth are coming out and their adult ones are trying to push through. But, like humans, each puppy is different and the process may start sooner or later for some.
Here are some signs your pup is about to begin teething:
- Small blood spots on carpets or toys – don’t be alarmed if a little blood is seen as those tiny teeth start falling out.
- Lots of drooling – saliva will lubricate the gums, so this is your puppy’s way of self-soothing.
- Lack of appetite – some pups may eat less or quit eating for a time when their gums are sensitive and sore.
- Chewing! Chewing! Chewing! – and some pups will endlessly chew, trying to alleviate the pain in their mouths.
- Fever or change of behavior – your puppy may feel sluggish during teething and even spike a small fever, as the body’s temperature rises during the tooth-eruption process.
Throughout the teething process, your beagle may display any and all of these signs. You’ll know her teething is done when these symptoms cease, likely around the time she turns 8 months.
Helping Your Pup Through the Teething Process
Whether it’s your grandmother’s antique rocker, a favorite pair of sneakers, or your child’s fingers, beagle puppies will chew while teething in order to relieve themselves of some of the pain. Chewing on something is known to provide some comfort to the inflamed area.
Puppies don’t just chew because they are teething, though. Chewing is also a way of exploring their world. But, it will be more prominent while those adult teeth are trying to push through.
Most experts will tell you that your new pet isn’t being destructive on purpose. Repeatedly telling your dog “no!” is probably pointless. Chewing is in their blood and too much negativity will make your new pup wary of you.
Instead of getting angry at your beagle, consider buying some puppy toys that are specific for teething purposes. Certain chew toys are designed for a teething puppy in mind and are made out of puppy-friendly materials like non-toxic rubbers, durable ropes, and even edible teething rings that are easy to digest. You can buy these items at a pet store, your vet’s office, and online.
Allowing for lots of social time will also help distract your beagle pup from chewing. Playtime with you, another family member, or an animal will help distract her when she’s dealing with teething pain
Engaging in a friendly game of tug-of-war or catch-n-throw will allow her to still apply pressure to those sore gums, but in a non-destructive and bonding-with-you way!
Chew-Proof Your Home Past the Teething Process
Anyone who has owned a Beagle, knows these delightful dogs like to chew long past the teething process. There are a few reasons for this. One, is they are highly active dogs who need a lot of attention.
Because of this, if they get bored or lonely, they may turn to habits that are destructive, chewing being high on that list.
Another reason Beagles chew is out of curiosity. As dogs that were bred to be hunters, Beagles use their taste and smell to explore their world. Chewing allows them to inspect and investigate everything around them.
So, long after the teething stage is over, chew-proofing your home will help keep the peace, keep everyone happy, and save your fingers and furniture!
Give Them Lots of Toys
Just like human babies, beagle pups like to engage with their environment and will be happiest when given outlets to do so. Providing them with the proper stimuli will keep your pup more interested in her things and not yours.
Playing along with your beagle will also serve as a special bonding process for both of you as well as a chance for you to practice some training techniques early on.
Give Them Lots of Praise
Remember to point out when your beagle has done something right, not just when she’s doing something wrong. Beagles are highly intelligent dogs and want to be part of the pack. They aim to please and will respond well to positive affirmation.
Give Them Lots of Attention
Remember, these dogs are social animals! Beagles make great pets because they love their people. The more time you can spend giving your puppy walks, playtime and belly rubs, the less time she’ll have to get herself into trouble.
The more time you invest in your new family member, the happier she – and you! – will be for the many years to come.