When you’re playing with your puppy and she starts chewing on your hand, chances are she is teething. Puppies that are teething have a developmental issue, not a behavioral issue. It’s the same as when human babies teethe.

Tiny needlelike teeth begin to appear when puppies are 2 to 4 weeks old. Then, when they’re about 3 months old, puppies start getting their permanent teeth. This process continues until the puppy is about 8 months old.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips on getting your puppy through this stage.

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