Taking your dog to the vet to have his or her teeth cleaned can be a real nightmare. Anesthesia can have negative complications and the whole process can be really expensive. But here’s how you can solve that problem — just brush your dog’s teeth yourself. Piece of cake, right?!
Some tips for getting your dog to come running for the toothbrush:
- It takes time. Try small steps. First, just show your dog the toothbrush. Next time, just open your dog’s mouth. Then, brush a front tooth. And so on…until your dog is comfortable with the tooth brushing experience.
- Positive reinforcement. It helps to reward your dog with treats or praise during each step. She sniffs the toothbrush, “good girl!” She lets you open her mouth – 2 treats!
Brushing your dog’s teeth may not keep plaque and tartar from building up entirely, but can significantly reduce the buildup between professional cleanings. And that can save you time, money, and risks to your pups health. Happy brushing!
Try that with a cat! 😉