Atlas, our European Doberman puppy begins teething at 16 weeks old and 5 days. He lost one of his top incisor on March 3, 2020.
His permanent incisor emerged a day after, on March 4th. At the same time, he lost his second top incisor, right next to the first tooth he lost. His permanent incisor also began emerging in the place of the first puppy incisor he lost. On March 5th, Atlas lost two of his lower incisors.
As of March 18, Atlas lower first molars began to erupt through his gum.
Signs of Teething
Atlas began to chew on things more frequently than usual around week 15 of age. When he turned 16 weeks old, his chewing became incessant and vigorous. This was when I popped open his upper lips to discover a missing tooth. Just as quickly as he lost his top incisor, his permanent incisors, both top and bottom, emerged the next day, March 6.
I have read that the teething phase for Doberman puppies last anywhere from 2 to 4 months. I will publish a separate page dedicated to Doberman puppy teething and plot out a timeline of the entire process. It’ll document when to expect certain sets of teeth to fall off and when permanent versions emerge.
Should I Be Worried About My Puppy Swallowing Teeth?
No. The puppy teeth are so small that it will simply pass out with stool. To put into perspective, Atlas eats a whole chicken foot, full of bones, as a chew snack.
Remedies During the Teething Process
Just like human babies, the teething process for a Doberman puppy is uncomfortable and irritating. To alleviate this discomfort, a Doberman puppy will be chewing incessantly during its teething phase. While plush chew toys are great to have around, I find that dehydrated beef tracheas are a great treat. Not only does it provide an avenue for the puppy to get its chew on, it’s a tasty snack and a good source of glucosamine. If you give your Doberman puppy plush toys to chew, don’t be alarmed to see blood spots and stains on the toys. Be sure to stockpile on the plush toys because your teething Doberman puppy will go through them fast.
Between beef trachea, bully sticks and many puppy chew toys, your Doberman puppy should be on its way to a shiny new set of chompers.
Our European Doberman puppy began teething at 16 weeks and I expect it to continue for at least another 10 weeks. During the process, I will continuously monitor Atlas’ jaw and document when a tooth falls out and when a permanent tooth emerges to replace it.