This is a really intense time for pups. The itch that can develop when adult, permanent teeth are erupting can be brutal. It can cause a pup to just about go into a frenzy, desperate to chew on anything that can scratch the itch and soothe the gums.
Before expecting your Boxer puppy to focus on his teething toys, first puppy-proof the house to find new homes for all non-toy objects that he may possibly mouth. Wrap cords with cord-concealer, move shoes, remotes, bags, etc. to high areas.
Also, don't expect a pup that has free reign of the house to resist chewing things that he can access. Keeping a teething pup tethered to you or in a gated off area when you can't keep an eye on him will limit the chances of destruction.
Qualities of the best teething toys
- They don't need to be fancy, but they must 1)
be tough 2)
have the right consistency for a pup's jaws and 3)
have an element that offers relief. This can be textures that feel good on gums or parts of the toy that are flexible enough to be worked into areas where the Boxer pup is feeling the discomfort at any one given time.
Puppy Kongs are always excellent, as are teething stick toys and braided ropes (great textures for the gums).