February is Pet Dental Health Month.Today, I will share some of my own personal tips on brushing your dogs teeth.
After all, a nice pearly white smile is what we like to see with our beloved pets!
Brushing your dogs teeth doesn't have to be a chore, and for some, it does seem more like a chore than anything else. I am not going to claim that I brush my dogs teeth daily, I can honestly say I could use some work in that area. BUT I do brush them, and I believe in dental health for our pets.
Does your dog HATE having their teeth brushed?
Do you find that it becomes a fight every time you try?
Perk up your ears while I share 3 of my best tips with you!
Always allow your dog to smell the toothpaste. (toothpaste for dogs only, not human)
A dog will not want something in their mouth before they have a chance to sniff it, and quite frankly, neither would I!
For about a week or two, don't even attempt to brush your dogs teeth.
Put some dog toothpaste on the toothbrush, let them sniff, then let them taste.
Do this every day. This will get them used to the taste, and used to having a toothbrush near their teeth.
After your dog is used to the idea of toothpaste and a toothbrush, now you can start brushing.
Don't push it on your dog. If you do, the results will not be what your looking for.
Start slow. For about a week, just brush the front teeth. Make it as quick as you can, and be gentle.
The following week, try out the back teeth only. Just little bits at a time.
The week after that, try and get a whole session in. Front and back teeth.
If your dog is not ready, then he's not ready. Continue to just brush a few teeth at a time until your dog feels more comfortable with it.
You can also use different dental chews to help with teeth, such as Whimzees or Greenies.
Make sure you always create a positive moment for your dog when attempting to brush.
Anything negative will only make your dog fearful of the situation.
Remember to give lots of praise, and take baby steps towards your goal.
Using the 3 steps ; sniff, taste and brush, you will be well on your way to a dog who looks forward to having his teeth brushed!
Do you find it challenging to brush your pets teeth?
How often do you brush them?
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