Try these 5 homemade puppy teething toys to soothe sore gums

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If your dog is in the teething stage, then you’ll want to try out these homemade puppy teething toys. Busy pet parents will be pleased to hear that they’re super speedy to make and you probably have the ingredients lying around your house anyway.

Your dog might have hours of fun playing with the best puppy toys, but if they’re suffering from the pain and sensitivity of growing teeth, then they might benefit from a homemade teething toy as well. The last thing we want is to see our pets in pain so these soothing recipes will be a savior.

During this period, your pup will be losing 28 baby teeth which will be replaced with 42 adult teeth. Whilst human babies start to teeth at around six months old, fur babies get started much sooner at around four to five months old. Teething lasts anywhere between eight and 12 weeks, so your furry friend could have all of their adult set at just six months old. Want to learn more about the puppy teething timeline? Check out this vet’s guide. 

If your puppy is teething, they might start to show signs like drooling, chewing, or whining - but rest assured, it’s completely normal. However, there are some things that you can do to help them - like giving them one of these homemade puppy teething toys. To find out how to make them, keep on reading: 

1. Puppy ice-pops

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Making your own frozen dog treats may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a teething toy, but these ice-pops won’t just help soothe inflamed gums, they’ll also keep your puppy amused for ages.

Ingredients:

  • Fruit - bananas and strawberries make a great pair
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Ice cube trays

Method:

  1. Mash your chosen fruit. We love bananas and strawberries together, but you can use any dog-safe choice including blueberries, raspberries, and peaches.
  2. Add in a few teaspoons of peanut butter and yogurt.
  3. Pour the mixture into the ice cube trays and freeze overnight.

You can also make ice-pops using a low-sodium bone broth that you’ve made at home, so play around and see which one your pup prefers.

Recipe via Raising Rascal

Talisman Designs Ice Cube Tray

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These BPA-free ice molds are perfect for making puppy teething toys. Simply fill them up, pop them in the freezer, and serve them to your furry friend. You’ll be pleased to hear that they’re dishwasher safe, so you won’t have to worry about washing them up. 

2. Twisted tea towel

Instead of throwing out that old dishtowel, give it a wash and repurpose it for your puppy to play with. Soak the towel in some sodium-free bone broth (chicken works nicely for this) and then wring it out and twist it tightly before popping it in the freezer overnight. When you get it out the next morning, your pup will have a tasty toy to chew on.

If you have a teacup dog breed, you’ll want something smaller than a tea towel as that will be too difficult for their little mouths to clamp down on, so opt for a flannel instead. Make sure you supervise your puppy when they’re playing with this toy and take it away once it’s defrosted so they don’t shred it and swallow any material. 

3. Frozen Kong toy

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If you’ve already got a few puppy toys lying around, chances are that one of them might be a Kong. The rubber design and hollow inner of the Kong make it an ideal option for when your fur baby is teething, but instead of giving them the toy on its own, why not make it more fun?

There are many Kong recipes you can make at home. Try smearing the inside with a little yogurt or cream cheese or for some long-lasting play, slather with sugar-free peanut butter, and then stick sliced banana, berries, or watermelon to the inner walls. Pop in the freezer and then once the fruit is solid, give it to your pup as an enriching and cooling treat.

KONG Puppy Chew Dog Toy

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Your pup will love getting their teeth into this Kong Chew Dog Toy. Not only can you freeze it with tasty fruit inside, but you can also give it to them on its own. The toy comes in four sizes and two colors, meaning everyone can enjoy it.

4. Chamomile ice chips

Chamomile is a relaxing herb that has soothing properties that could help ease gum pain in your pup. Brew up a pot of chamomile tea and then pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, smash the cubes up so they’re not too big and fill an old glove. Tie a knot in the wrist to secure the chips inside. 

As your dog chews on the glove they’ll benefit from the coolness of the cubes and the chamomile will help relieve some of the discomfort we’re feeling. Although chamomile has been deemed safe for dogs in the right quantities, we recommend you have a chat with your vet first to make sure you’re getting the dosage right.

5. Sweet potato rope toy

Fiber and fun? We’re loving this one! All you need for this toy is some rope and a sweet potato and you’re good to go. Clean the sweet potato thoroughly and then cut it into 1-inch round pieces. Use a cookie cutter, a knife, or an apple corer to remove the middle of each round and then dehydrate by baking in the oven at 212 degrees Fahrenheit for around five hours. 

Once the sweet potatoes are cool, take a piece of rope about a foot long and tie a knot at one end. String the rings through and then tie a knot at the other end. Voila! You now have your very own healthy puppy teething toy.

Recipe via Elmo's Kitchen

Mammoth Cottonblend 5 Knot Dog Rope Toy

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This five-knot rope toy is perfect for teething pups and is made of 100% natural cotton. Your pup will enjoy hours of fun chewing - especially if you try it out with the sweet potato recipe above. Bonus - the fibers in the rope also help to floss their teeth. 

Find out; how many toys should a puppy have. It’s the question on every new pet parent's lips. But how much is too much?  If your dog won't stop biting, this guide on how to stop a puppy chewing has some good advice. 

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.