Offer ice cubes.
Not only do many puppies love playing around with the sliding ice, the cold helps to soothe their gums. Plain is fine. But, if you wish and for a bit more incentive, you can add a bit of low-salt chicken, beef broth, or real fruit juice (orange, apple or raspberry) to the water before freezing it.
Offer teething specific dog toys.
This is not the time for generic toys. The teething process causes a pup to experience intense
itching and mild to moderate discomfort. And the only thing that a Yorkie pup will want to do is chew something to help soothe teething woes.
You will want to the teething toys to have several qualities in order to be effective:
1- Proper size.
This is a very tiny breed, and many toys are just too big for a Yorkie pup's mouth. So, teething toys must be sized appropriately.
2- Proper texture.
The texture must feel good on the pup's gums or he will look elsewhere to find relief. Some elements to look for are small nobs (about the size of grains of rice) which are fantastic at scratching the gums.
Rope toys are also great because the twisted fabric works great on itching.
The itch and pain associated with puppy teething travels. One moment an itch can be towards the back of the mouth, the next moment some discomfort can be on the front gums.
So, you will want at least one teething toy that a pup can maneuver into just the right places at any one given time. Look for various small shapes all within one toy.
While a puppy can be given a toy and if it makes him feel better he will stay at it, other pups need a bit more encouragement to get going and to stay focused on a toy.
For this reason, having a couple puppy teething toys that are safely flavored can be just the thing to draw a puppy in and keep him wanting to chew on the toy.
It is completely normal for a teething puppy to constantly have a toy in his mouth; and this is a good thing. Encourage this and give praise.
Keep toys clean; wash them in hot water and dish soap once per week.
Be sure that your Yorkie pup's toys are always accessible.
If you have a good sized collection for him, keep two bins. Every week, you can rotate toys out so that he has new ones to spark his interest.
5) Be sure to bring teething toys with you everywhere that you bring your Yorkie. Whether you are taking your pup with you to run errands, visiting at someone's home, or otherwise away from home. he should always have his favorites with him.
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