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Is Cocoa able to close his mouth?
Is he eating normally ?
Teething can cause some discomfort just like in human babies.
Dogs can develop TMJ or strain and fatigue of the jaw joint. If he can close his jaw voluntarily then we do not need to worry about this condition.
Once I know that he can close his mouth on his own without struggle we can talk more about how to help with teething pain but I need to make sure that his jaw is able to open and close normally.
With the information provided it is a high likelihood that his incoming adult teeth are cause him some discomfort and making the urge to chew more intense. You can try freezing rubber toys like the kong toys to help provide some cooling relief for his mouth and offer plenty of chew toys so he does not seek out inappropriate items to chew or destroy (like shoes).
Increasing times of enrichment with play will also help lower the desire to chew.
Longer periods of exercise can also help reduce the chewing.
Raw hides can help as well but you want to make sure you take it away when it gets too small so he does not choke on it.
Good luck with Cocoa
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