Posted 19th Mar 2018 by Peter Byrne
You may recently have seen our piece telling you about the importance of cleaning your dog's teeth - and if you didn't, you can catch up here. Yet, your pet may have other ideas, squirming and wiggling out of your grip as you try to brush. However, these simple techniques could help to get your dog used to the process.
First of all, how often should you brush your dog's teeth?
As a rule of thumb, the more often you brush, the better it will be. Daily dental care is great if you can get into the habit, but this is not always possible or practical. In these instances, try aiming for every other day.
Also try to keep it as fun for you and your dog as possible - make the sessions short and positive, and consider what you can do to ease your dog into the brushing process. Remember to make a fuss of them throughout!
For instance you can try the following method:
1. Pet toothpastes will normally be flavoured, so start by letting them lick a small sample of it off your finger. Continue this for a few days and once they're used to it, you're ready for step two.
2. Now you need to get your dog used to having something placed against his teeth and gums. Apply a small amount of paste to your finger, and gently rub it onto one of the larger canine teeth at the front of their mouth. Easy for you to reach, this should get them used to having their mouth touched.
3. Now get him used to the feeling of a toothbrush. The bristles of the brush will be a particularly alien experience, so start by letting the dog lick the toothpaste off of the bristles. Continue this step for a few days, so he will be used to the texture.
4. And now it's time to get brushing! Be sure to talk to him throughout the process. Start by lifting the dog's upper jaw, as gently as possible. Now gently start cleaning. Don't worry about brushing the inside of the tooth (the side facing the tongue), as the movement of the tongue should automatically keep it fairly plaque free.
Let us know how you get on!
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