6 steps to brush your dogs teeth without wrestling your way through
15 Jun 2016
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Brushing your dog’s teeth is no easy ordeal. Dog owners across the globe will concede that as much as they love their four-legged friends, brushing their teeth is far from easy. With our simple tips, you can get your pooch’s teeth sparkling white!
Have you ever tried brushing your dog’s teeth and ran the entire house chasing him? For some weird reason, dogs are very uncooperative while brushing their teeth. If your canine friend hates brushing, here are some ways you can do the needful without really fighting with him!
Start with your finger and start when they are young
Before introducing your dog to toothpaste and toothbrush which will look like alien weapons for them, start with your finger. Give time for your dog to get comfortable with your hand in their mouth. Most pet dogs allow their master to scan their mouth so this should be easy for you. Start dental care when your dogs are really young, that’s the time they are obedient.
Show the toothbrush to your dog and let them lick the toothpaste
Now, show the toothbrush to your dog. They will be curious to know what it is. Let them inspect the brush and know that it is not going to hurt them. Choose a toothbrush used by children for dogs with a small mouth. You can now make your dog taste the toothpaste. Pick a dog toothpaste that tastes better.
Gently brush a few teeth
Once your dog is introduced to toothbrush and toothpaste, it is time to combine both and brush a few of their front teeth gently. Don’t try to open their mouth completely. Remember, you cannot be a master in dog brushing in your first attempt. Practice patience and just brush a few teeth. Appreciate your dog at this point as we need their cooperation in the next step.
Brush the inside surface
Brushing the inside surfaces of your dog’s mouth is very important. One should earn the dog’s trust to do so. If you are the master of your dog, open your dog’s mouth completely and start brushing the inside surface slowly and gently. Start with a small area and then you can graduate to the entire inner surface if your dog permits.
Make it a routine
Brushing your dog’s teeth should be a routine. It is ideal to brush your dog’s teeth every day and take your dog for a dental check up every year. Doing it regularly also makes the dog accustomed to it and makes brushing easy over a period of time.
Treat your dog for cooperating
Remember, after brushing your dog’s teeth, don’t forget to treat him. Give him a treat to eat or his favorite toy to play with. Appreciate his accomplishment by kind words, loving gestures and a proud look. Your dog can understand all of this.
Dogs may not know the importance of dental care but you do. It is a pet owner’s responsibility to take care of a canine’s teeth. Don’t you love the generous licks and kisses your dog gives you? If you do, you ought to take care of their mouth.