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Losing too many teeth?

Tango currently has 5 teeth on top in between his 2 fangs. He only has 1 tooth on the bottom in between his 2 fangs. He's 4 months old. Is this a normal amount of teeth at his age? He fractured a baby tooth last week which the vet will pull out during his surgery on May 15th if he hasn't already lost it by then. He loves to play tug of war, but since noticing how few teeth he has, I'm afraid to play that with him right now.
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Tango currently has 5 teeth on top in between his 2 fangs. He only has 1 tooth on the bottom in between his 2 fangs. He's 4 months old. Is this a normal amount of teeth at his age? He fractured a baby tooth last week which the vet will pull out during his surgery on May 15th if he hasn't already lost it by then. He loves to play tug of war, but since noticing how few teeth he has, I'm afraid to play that with him right now.
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They correct number of incisors is 6 over 6, but it is not uncommon for Havanese and other small mouthed breeds to have less. On is TOO few, but it could also be that he has lost those baby teeth and the adult teeth haven't erupted yet. Just like kids, their mouths can get a little weird when changing over from baby teeth to adult teeth.

Be very careful playing tug with small breed dogs. While it's a fun game, and fine as long as you keep it gentle, they can damage both their teeth and their spines if tugging gets too vigorous.


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yes, you must play tug gently and with no loose teeth. The biggest thing is no strong jerking sideways or especially up and down. Tug is such an important game we can play that I don't like to discourage it except for untrained people young or old. Here are two great articles showing the many pluses.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/iss...g_16059-1.html

http://susangarrettdogagility.com/20...ng-like-a-dog/

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Thank you both for such great information! I don't play tug rough with him...and it's only when he "asks" me to. Typically, it's when I throw a toy, he brings it back, lays at my feet while he chews at it, and then he stands up and nubs me with his nose for me to take the toy from his mouth and that's when he plays it. Otherwise, he just pushes the toy at me after he's done chewing on it so I'll throw it again. But I never "jerk" him or "fight" back with him...I worry too much about his teeth! But I never thought about his spine! Yikes. I'm going to see if I can get him to hold off on that until he's bigger.

Can either of you tell me about what age Havanese are done growing? I'm sure there's some give and take, but a rough estimate would be cool
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not sure of any stats, I'd say roughly a year old. Molly didn't gain any weight after ll months.

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Thank you both for such great information! I don't play tug rough with him...and it's only when he "asks" me to. Typically, it's when I throw a toy, he brings it back, lays at my feet while he chews at it, and then he stands up and nubs me with his nose for me to take the toy from his mouth and that's when he plays it. Otherwise, he just pushes the toy at me after he's done chewing on it so I'll throw it again. But I never "jerk" him or "fight" back with him...I worry too much about his teeth! But I never thought about his spine! Yikes. I'm going to see if I can get him to hold off on that until he's bigger.

Can either of you tell me about what age Havanese are done growing? I'm sure there's some give and take, but a rough estimate would be cool
It really IS fine to play tug with him, but let him do most of the tugging, giving jusy barely enough resistance to keep him interested and "in the game". The game of tug can be a very powerful motivator for some dogs... Even more than food rewards. You just have to make sure you do it safely.


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It really IS fine to play tug with him, but let him do most of the tugging, giving jusy barely enough resistance to keep him interested and "in the game". The game of tug can be a very powerful motivator for some dogs... Even more than food rewards. You just have to make sure you do it safely.
Yes, I let him do most of the tugging and I never ever play it rough with him. I basically just hold his toy and let him tug away...actually, he has it in his mouth and brings it to me wanting me to grab it so he can tug it
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