When Do Golden Retrievers Stop Teething?

Golden Retrievers will stop teething when they’re between six and eight months old. At this age, their baby teeth will have fallen out and been replaced by their adult teeth. 

But even after the teething phase ends, your Golden Retriever will probably continue chewing your skirting boards, shoes, and wires. It’s important to train them out of the habit while they’re still young. 

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about teething – including a timeline of their teething, tips to help deal with a teething Golden Retriever puppy, and more.

What is Teething?

Teething is the process that Golden Retriever puppies go through as they develop and then lose their baby teeth (also known as milk teeth), which are replaced with permanent adult teeth.

When a puppy is teething, they’ll be chewing on any and everything around them to try and ease the discomfort of their new teeth growing. This can be a frustrating time, but there are things you can do to help control the chewing.

Once a Golden Retriever reaches six to eight months old, they’ll stop teething. If your Goldie is still chewing after this phase, it might be to do with their behaviour, rather than their teeth.

Timeline of a Golden Retriever’s Teething

Though every Golden Retriever is different, this is an average timeline you can expect for their teething.

Golden Retriever AgeStage of Teething
0 – 2 weeksGolden Retrievers are born without teeth. At this stage, they’re nursed by their mothers so don’t need to chew anything.
2 – 4 weeksThis is when their milk teeth start growing. At this stage, their eyes will open and they’ll start moving too.
5 – 6 weeksBy here, your Golden should have all 28 milk teeth. They’ll be weaned from their mother’s milk and start eating soft food.
7 – 12 weeksThere’s a lull here before the milk teeth start falling out. They might start playfully nipping.
13 – 16 weeksAround this time, their milk teeth will start falling out and their adult teeth will be coming through. They’ll be uncomfortable, in pain, and biting everything in sight. Their gums will be swollen and bleeding too.
17 – 26 weeksBy 6 months, they should have all 42 of their teeth. It’s a good time to have a vet check-up here, to make sure all the milk teeth have gone and everything is looking right in their mouth.

Don’t be worried if your pup is a little ahead or behind schedule – every Golden is different! But if they seem to be significantly off the average timings above, it might be worth speaking to a vet to make sure that there aren’t any serious problems.

How Do I Know if My Golden Retriever Puppy Is Teething?

If you’re unsure if your pup is teething there are a couple of signs you can look out for. 

You’ll see intense chewing, swollen gums (that are sometimes bleeding), and gaps in their teeth where they’ve fallen out. They might also whine, cry, and excessively drool – especially when eating.

Some dogs will desperately bite anything to try and ease the pain. While others will constantly want to be holding something in their mouth. Most will lose their appetite, if this is the case, dry food is best to aid the development of strong teeth and gums.

You can also check their age on the teething timeline to find out roughly what you should expect. 

Tips for Dealing With a Teething Golden Retriever

Teething is a challenging time for all puppies (and their owners!). There are a few things you can try and a few things that you should avoid doing to help them get through it.

Do:

  • Introduce chew toys: Having a variety of chew toys will not only be fun for your Goldie to play with, but it’ll also help relieve some of the pain by having a safe, durable toy to chew on. A good example is a Kong (but any puppy-safe toy will be good).
  • Give them frozen toys or snacks: An easy DIY chew is if you freeze dog-safe foods (like strawberries, carrots, or similar) they’ll enjoy the soothing cold and that it’s a tasty treat.
  • Freeze a towel: This is another option if you don’t want to keep giving them snacks. A frozen towel can be re-used and is something they can repeatedly chew on.
  • Ask your vet for help: If your puppy seems to be in extreme pain, check with your vet. If you’ve tried all the tips for dealing with teething at home and nothing has helped, then it would also be a good idea to make a vet appointment.
  • Spray bitter apple on furniture: Spraying something like this on the base of your furniture will make it yucky for the pups when they’re looking for something to chew. Just make sure whatever you use is dog-friendly and won’t ruin your furniture.
  • Tidy away valuables: Though this one might seem obvious, putting items out of your puppies’ reach, tidying away important wires, and being careful what you put on the floor will minimise the inevitable damage of chewing.

Don’t:

  • Punish them: When they’re teething, they’ll chew just about anything to try and relieve the discomfort. They aren’t being deliberately naughty, and shouting or physically punishing them will only scare them.
  • Forget to brush their teeth: By skipping teeth brushing, tartar and plaque will build up. This can lead to infections and issues that might have been avoided otherwise.
  • Reinforce the behaviour: This can be accidental, so make sure you’re clear not to encourage chewing. If your Golden Retriever nips you, try to yelp to show that it hurts you. Make sure to not praise or encourage them immediately after they’ve been chewing. Pulling your arm away fast might lead them to think that you’re playing.

Dental Care for Golden Retrievers

Like us, Golden Retrievers need regular maintenance on their teeth to keep them healthy. If their oral hygiene isn’t kept up with, they’re at risk of dental diseases and issues.

With teeth, prevention is always better than treatment for a problem. 

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help keep their teeth in top condition:

  • Brush their teeth – regularly and with dog-friendly toothpaste.
  • Dental chew sticks – you can pick these up at most pet stores.
  • Choose good food –  but if you’re changing food, make sure it’s gradual.
  • Regular checkups at the vet – to catch problems early.

You can also look into local groomers, who often offer services in teeth brushing as well as regular grooming. If you struggle to brush their teeth, getting them professionally cleaned is a brilliant alternative.

Top tip: When your Golden is a pup, get them used to having their mouth examined and touched. Be sure to praise and reward them for good behaviour and brushing or checking their teeth will become routine for them.

Watch Out for Malocclusion in Golden Retriever Pups

One of the most common problems in teething puppies, is malocclusion. This is when their teeth aren’t aligned as they should be – which is made worse if their milk teeth don’t fall out as they should. 

It blocks the natural path of the descending adult teeth, which can lead to issues with their bite, increase the possibility of a tooth infection, and more. 

There are four classes of malocclusion:

  • Class I: Also known as ‘individual rotated teeth’. It’s when the Golden’s jaw is normal in length and shape, but the teeth have emerged in the wrong positions. This is the most common type.
  • Class II: Also known as ‘mandibular distoclusion’. It’s when a genetic disorder causes the Golden Retriever’s mandible to become shorter.
  • Class III: Also known as ‘mandibular mesioclusion’. It’s when the upper jaw is shorter than it should be. 
  • Class IV: This is a wry bite that’s noticeable because of the left to right asymmetry of the Goldie’s jaws. This might result in the Golden Retriever having an open bite which is hard to fix and difficult to live with.

Related Questions

How Many Baby Teeth Does a Golden Retriever Puppy Have?

A Golden Retriever puppy will have 28 baby teeth – otherwise known as milk teeth. Half of the teeth are in the jaw and half in the mandible. At this stage, they won’t have molars yet. The baby teeth will start falling out at around 3-4 months, where they’ll be replaced by permanent adult teeth.

How Many Teeth Does an Adult Golden Retriever Have?

An adult Golden Retriever should have 42 teeth. They have 22 in their jaw, and 20 in the mandible. Though you might find it can be slightly more or less for example if they still have a milk tooth that didn’t fall out. If you notice a tooth problem, it’s always best to check with your vet. 

Why Do Elderly Golden Retriever’s Teeth Fall Out?

An older Golden Retriever will have weaker teeth than that of a healthy, younger Golden. Plaque and tartar builds up over time which weakens the teeth and gums. This can lead to a bunch of issues, such as periodontitis (receding gums that end with tooth loss).

You’ll need to be extra careful with an older Golden Retriever’s teeth, brushing them regularly and monitoring for issues is the first thing you should do. Also, be prepared to visit the vet with any signs of pain or discomfort – especially when eating.

Where Do Golden Retrievers Baby Teeth Go When They Fall Out? 

Usually, a pup’s baby teeth will fall out when they’re chewing or eating. Instead of falling onto the ground, the Golden Retriever will swallow the teeth. This isn’t something you need to worry about though – they will harmlessly pass through their digestive system.

Sometimes the only way to tell if your Golden Retriever has lost any teeth is by physically spotting a gap in their mouth. It’s rare to actually find one of their teeth lying around.

Why Does My Teething Golden Retriever Have Bad Breath?

It’s common for puppies to get bad breath when they’re teething! This is because bad bacteria builds up on the lining of their gums. But this should only be a short-term problem that goes away with bushing their teeth. If your Goldie has bad breath long-term, then consider checking with your vet.

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