Cockapoo Teething

Is there anything cuter than a cockapoo with a big pearly white grin? Did you know for cockapoos to get their bright and strong adult teeth they have to go through teething? That’s right, cockapoo teething is very similar to human babies teething and teething puppies, regardless of breed, usually find the whole experience uncomfortable.

Cockapoos are not born with a set of teeth, so at what age does teething start? Well, when they are a puppy they get their first set of teeth, their milk teeth when they are about three weeks old. By the time they are between six to eight weeks old, they have a full set of teeth consisting of 28 in total. When does teething begin and how long does teething last? That is just two of the questions we are going to answer in the following post.

When Does Cockapoo Teething Happen?

Rather than there being just one cockapoo teething age, like all breeds of dogs, teething happens fist when their milk teeth start to grow in when they are between the ages of two to three weeks. They then go through teething a second time during the transition between having puppy teeth and adult teeth between the ages of four to six months old. The whole process is normally complete by the time they are seven months of age, with 42 adult teeth.

Signs Your Cockapoo Puppy is Teething

As well as keeping track of the milestones your cockapoo puppy achieves and how old they are, there are several signs your cockapoo is teething. This includes:

  • Bad breath – without any noted change in their diet
  • Gum inflammation – this may even transform into bleeding gums
  • Missing teeth – noticeable missing teeth gaps during the transition from milk to adult teeth
  • Increased and more aggressive chewing – many dogs become avid chewers when they go through teething. Why? It eases much of the discomfort they are experiencing as a result of teething. The only thing you can do to stop this from being too much of a problem is by taking protective measures to safeguard your furniture and provide them with lots of distracting and safe chew toys, like a Kong Ring or a strong rope.
  • Loss of appetite – this is not quite as common as the other signs in cockapoo puppies, but still worth looking out for, as many cockapoo owners and vets have noted many have a marked loss of interest in food. They can even lose interest in treats.

One striking change many owners of cockapoos have noted is their once boundless and energetic furball puppy became a lethargic and unhappy pooch. While it’s true extreme tiredness and lethargy could be the sign of bigger issues, if they occur at the same time of teething, they are likely connected and will pass soon.

What Happens to Cockapoo Milk Teeth When They Fall Out?

As we have already noted, cockapoo puppies, like other dogs, have two sets of canine teeth, starting with their puppy teeth, also known as milk teeth. What happens to puppies gnashers when they fall out? This is a good question that worries a lot of new cockapoo owners because the other name for them is needle teeth because they are sharp and pointed. Despite that, although you may come across a few puppy teeth on the floor, your cockapoo will swallow most while they are eating.

This one of those natural things dogs do and nothing to worry about. However, it may be worth checking your puppy to at least make sure they have not accidentally cut their mouth when swallowing the missing puppy teeth. By the time your cockapoo is seven months, he or she should have their adult canine teeth.

How Can You Soothe Teething?

Although it is a natural process dogs need to go through, just like humans, teething is not fun, and it is not nice watching your dog feeling discomfort. What can you do to soothe your cockapoo during teething? You could try some of the following ideas.

Frozen Snacks and Treats

If you are looking for a chew toy that will provide a numbing, cooling and very soothing effect for your teething dog, you could try frozen carrot pieces, beef-infused ice or just plain ice cubes.

Frozen Stuffed Kong Toy

A great option thas both a training aid and a soothing distraction for your puppy during teething is a frozen, stuffed Kong.

This is easy enough to get ready and you can use any of the following as nice incentives for your dog to encourage your dog to play with it:

  • Kibble pieces soaked in water
  • Peanut butter
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Yoghurt
  • Cream cheese

Yak Milk Chews

Another food-based soother that you may want to consider is yak milk chews. These are made from a mixture of skimmed yak and cow milk. A little lime juice is added to the mixture along with salt to coagulate (or harden) the milk. They are then compressed down into blocks and smoke-dried for 28 days, giving them the unique flavour that a lot of cockapoo puppies love.

Soft and Hard Chew toys

When they are at the cockapoo teething age, they want to chew everything, all the time, the best type of chews to give them are those designed for that very purpose – to be chewed. Consider some of the following:

  • Dried pig ears and other dehydrated meaty treats are not just great as a distracting toy but make for a tasty snack that your dog is sure to love.
  • Extra-tough chews like Extreme Kongs.
  • Rope toys
  • Rubber toys (particularly those rubber toys that are made from non-toxic materials)

As a word of warning, though, you should keep all soft furnishings away from your dog that is not destined for the rubbish dump like towels, pillows and cushions.

Cockapoo Teething Age Biting

As your puppy goes through that period of discomfort while their puppy pearly whites are replaced by their adult teeth, he or she may start developing undesirable behaviours. For example, excessive barking can be a real issue for teething puppies. Another is biting.

It is important to understand the difference between real ‘biting’ and what is most commonly called ‘mouthing’.

The Difference Between Biting and Mouthing

What is Mouthing?

Mouthing refers to soft bites that do not hurt you, or other members of your household (both people and animals). This is something that all dogs do to show affection and when they want to play. While you could train it not to do this, it is not harmful and will not become a more serious problem.

What is Biting?

Compared to the above, biting is something that dogs do when they want to inflict a measure of discomfort or pain. This is behaviour should not be tolerated by your puppy and you should take steps to make sure you stop this as soon as you note the first signs of biting and nipping.

Tips for Stopping Your Cockapoo Chewing During This Phase

During the uncomfortable phase they are going through, your puppy will probably want to take out much of their frustration on your furniture. Pillows, cushions and other furnishings are seen as the perfect chews for troubled puppies. Interestingly, it is not just soft furniture they will target, a desperate puppy will transform into a chipmunk or beaver and start working on your wooden furniture too.

Obviously, one of the best ways to prevent this kind of destruction from occurring is to simply restrict where your puppy can go in the house or remove the targeted item. As you cannot possibly be there to monitor everything they do, however, you may need to take other measures. One of the most popular ways many owners have countered unwanted chew-based destruction is with bitter apple spray.

We hope you have found the information in this post. If there was one takeaway we would highlight is that teething is a natural phase that your puppy has to go through. It won’t be long before he that adorable smile again, though.