The daily brushing procedure should be pleasant for both you and your dog and many dogs actually enjoy the added attention from their owners. You will need:-
- a toothbrush (preferably one designed for dogs)
- a pet toothpaste which is usually meat flavoured
It is important not to use human toothpaste as they won't like the taste will and swallowing human toothpaste can cause stomach upsets. Most animals accept brushing if they are introduced to the procedure in a calm and patient way. The best way is as follows:
Day 1: Gently pet and scratch the muzzle, slowly lifting the lip for about 30 seconds. Reward with praise and a treat at the end of the session.
Day 2: Repeat as above and also gently run your finger or toothbrush and a small amount of animal toothpaste over the pet’s teeth for 30-45 seconds. Reward with praise and a treat.
Day 3: Repeat day 2, adding 15 seconds time to running your finger or toothbrush over the pet's teeth. Again reward with praise and a treat.
Day 4: If all is going well, run your finger over the teeth for 30 seconds and then gently insert the toothbrush and again run over the teeth for 30 seconds.
Day 5: Repeat as day 4 and increase the time by 30 seconds.
Day 6: Repeat as day 5 and gently rub your pet’s teeth.
Day 7: You know your pet best of all. If you feel that they are accepting the brushing well, gradually increase the brushing time until you are able to spend at least one minute on each side of the mouth. If at any time the animal is resisting, stop and wait until the next day.
Give your pet lots of praise
Reward your pet (Hill’s t/d food is ideal)
Stop immediately if there is any sign of aggression