Frequent What happens when dogs lose their baby teeth? Here’s the Answer

What should I do about my puppy’s chewing behaviors that I don’t like?

Do not reward behavior you do not want, and do not let others reward it either. If your puppy is chewing on your hands or any other body part, yelp a high pitched shriek like a puppy makes, pull your hand away, and go play elsewhere.

There is no consensus about the best way to teach puppies not to chew. Some methods may even seem contradictory because what may work for one dog may be inappropriate for another. Check with your veterinarian for a personalized recommendation.

Puppies are naturally energetic and curious, so try to redirect that energy elsewhere by including lots of exercise, training, and try feeding from puzzle toys rather than a bowl. Do not leave tempting items like clothes, shoes, or children’s toys where your puppy can reach them. At the same time provide lots of safe chew toys. Keep chew toys “fresh” by rotating them, only having a few out at any one time. Supervise your puppy so he does not have the opportunity to chew something he shouldn’t.

My children like playing rough with the puppy, and they say that they don’t mind the occasional scratch or gentle bite. Is this okay?

No! Permitting this behavior teaches your pet that hands are acceptable toys to use as he or she pleases. Your dog is not only learning that it is okay, but the pup is even being rewarded for this behavior when your children continue playing after being bitten or scratched.

When Do Puppies Start to Get Teeth?

By the time puppies are around two weeks old, their first set of teeth begins to emerge. Called milk, needle, or deciduous teeth (in humans we call them “baby” teeth) this first set of teeth starts with incisors. Then canines come in, and finally, premolars fill out the complete set of puppy teeth.

By the time a puppy is 8 to 10 weeks old, she will have a mouth full of 28 teeth, perfect for her transition from a liquid to solid diet. Your puppy will physically be ready for this transition, and so will Momma Dog since the more sharp teeth her puppies have, the less likely Mom will be to put up with nursing them.


If you have a new puppy, depending on their age, they may have wagged into your life with varying numbers of baby teeth. Much like human babies, puppies are usually born toothless, and then grow a set of 28 puppy teeth. But when do those puppy teeth fall out?