How to brush your Dog's Teeth

Step 1 - Select an appropriate time

Find a quiet, convenient time when you and your dog are both relaxed.

Step 2 - Acquaint your dog with the process.

For the first few sessions don't even use a toothbrush. Gently stroke the outside of  her cheeks with your finger.  After she becomes comfortable with that, place a dab of toothpaste on your finger and let her taste it.  We usually suggest starting with C.E.T. poultry flavored toothpaste, because pets like the taste.. 

Step 3 - Introduce the Toothbrush

Place a small amount of toothpaste on the brush.  In a slow circular motion, brush one or two teeth and the adjoining gum line.  The purpose of this step is to get your dog accustomed to the feel of the brush.

Step 4 - Begin Brushing

Over the next several days, gradually increase the number of teeth brushed.  It is important to eventually brush the rear teeth where plaque and tartar have a greater tendency to accumulate.  Go slowly and gently.  Stop brushing when you decide to stop, before your dog begins to fuss.  If she learns to dislike the procedure and finds out that fussing makes you stop quicker, then this brushing business is going to get harder, not easier.

Build up to about 30 seconds per side.  Dogs don't get much tartar on the inside surfaces of their teeth, so you only need to worry about the outside surfaces   Be sure to brush the big teeth way in back. 

Make tooth brushing a pleasurable experience

Proceed slowly and gently.  Stop each session while it is still fun and   lavishly praise your dog afterwards.  She will soon start looking forward to tooth brushing and it will become a pleasant activity for both of you. 

 
 
 


 

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