aside 5 minutes every night for 3 to 4 weeks…this is the commitment you
must make in order to train your dog to accept tooth brushing as a
routine, enjoyable event. Once your pet is trained you will only need to
brush the dog’s teeth every third day or twice a week.
begin, every evening when you brush your teeth, offer your pet a little
dab of toothpaste (specifically formulated) on his/her own toothbrush.
For the first 3 to 5 days just let the dog lick the toothpaste off the
brush and stimulate the pets tongue helping the pet to enjoy this
routine. Make them think it is a treat, candy, a fun activity.
about night 4, let the pet start by licking the paste off the brush a
few times then flip up the upper lip and spend 5 seconds on both sides
of the mouth brushing the large canine teeth (upper and lower). Continue
this nightly activity for 3 to 4 days.
Then begin to spend more
time in the dog’s mouth at small increases. Brush left and right sides
of the upper teeth by going back and forth on the outside of the upper
gum line. You never have to do the inside of the teeth. About night 8
begin to spend 10 seconds on each side for a few days, then go to 15
seconds on each side for a few days, and so on…..
To do the
outside of the lower teeth you must “part the jaw”. Try placing your
thumb tip behind the upper canine tooth and putting it in the roof of
the mouth. As your pet parts the jaw and moves its tongue to investigate
your thumb, brush the outside of the lower teeth. Lastly brush a few
strokes across upper and lower front teeth (incisors). When your pet
can: 1) Come into the bathroom on his or her own. 2) Sit and wait for
you to begin the nightly routine. 3) Enjoy the tooth brushing activity.
4) Allow you to spend as much time as you feel necessary to accomplish
the cleaning ….then your pet is trained. Once your pet is trained you
can reduce the brushing to twice weekly. Remember to begin and end each
session by letting your pet lick the brush to stimulate the tongue.
brushing use the “oral hygiene rinse” twice daily to help break down
plaque and tartar to prevent bad breath. (It’s best to rinse after
morning food and water and last thing at night before bed).
Good luck—Yes, you can do it!