My 14-mo old beagle still has the urge to chew. How long does it take for a puppy to have a full set of teeth and to stop chewing? P.D. – she is not destroying things; she never has. I’m just curious to know.
You have awhile, lol Our 15 month old beagle is a huge chewer...inappropriate items or not. The 4 year old enjoys chewing but is settled on the proper items now....thought that day would never get here!
I'm pretty sure as long as it has teeth, dogs don't stop chewing. It's good for them, cleans their teeth and helps with breath. It keeps their mouth in good shape in general AND it fights off boredom. I will always give my dogs something to chew on. Really old dogs may stop chewing cause they lose interest or they just can't do it anymore. And I wouldn't really call it an urge to chew because that's how dogs ate in the wild - nobody cut up their kill in bite-sized pieces for them...
just be careful of choking on small pieces and watch them when they are chewing. Dogs can and do choke on their food/toys/etc.
some things good for chewing: bully sticks rawhide deer antlers
I stay away from bones, especially the cooked/smoked ones - they break into pieces and make a mess.
Thanks for the tips! I have had dogs most of my life, but never had a puppy of my own. Our family dogs were puppies when I was either too small to remember or away at college. I’m re-learning everything about “puppyhood”. I totally understand that a dog will chew as long as they have teeth… My question should have been - when do they get all of their teeth? I know that for them chewing is as natural as barking, and is not an urge. Lucy has never destroyed anything of value, so I’m really glad she has been a model dog. Of course I “puppy proofed” the house when she first arrived and I always pay attention to what she gets her little paws and teeth into. I stopped giving her rawhide because she would gobble down the thing in an instant, and then she would not eat. So I buy her toys instead that she can chew on (with no small pieces that can get loose) and always watch her when chewing.