How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth - A Simple and Powerful Trick (Video)

September 22, 2017

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth - A Simple Yet Powerful Trick (Video)

Brushing a dog’s teeth is no easy task. Most dogs absolutely hate getting their teeth cleaned and squirm violently away from the toothbrush. Sound familiar?

After learning that dachshunds are especially prone to dental problems down the road, Mike and I (Steph) realized we needed to start cleaning Django's teeth regularly. Like most dogs, Django refused to let us go anywhere his mouth with a dog-friendly finger brush.

Then one day I accidentally discovered an amazing trick. I stumbled upon a way to brush any dog's teeth without the violent squirming and discomfort. I shared this idea with our vet who excitedly replied "You need to make a YouTube video and share this with the world!!!". So I did :)

So here it is. Here is an easy and effective way to brush your dog's teeth and help you fight off tooth decay, gum disease and thousands of dollars in doggy dental bills in the future.

Video: How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth - A Simple and Powerful Trick

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What To Do

  • Step 1 Have your pup sit with you and let him or her see, sniff and lick the toothbrush
  • Step 2 Bring out the high quality treat and let your pup bite down on it. It may take a few seconds. Make sure he won't let go.
  • Step 3 Once your pup puts a death grip on the treat, start brushing! Gently massage your pup’s teeth and gums, making sure to get to the back teeth. In most circumstances, your pup will be most focused on holding the treat (and won't mind a finger or toothbrush in his mouth)
  • Step 4 Even if you can only brush for 10 seconds, congratulations! You’ve already made progress in fighting off future dental problems. Praise your dog with love so he or she starts associating teeth cleaning with positivity.
  • Step 5 Repeat as often as possible and no less than once a week. In no time your dog will get used to the toothbrush and start letting you brush his or her teeth without a treat
  • Step 6 Comment below! Do you have other great ideas for teeth cleaning? Did this trick work for you and your dog? Let us know what you think, we want to hear from you!

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