Updated February 2020
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 our long-haired sausage dog 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. Midday I gave Django a drool-worthy bully stick chew. After letting him gnaw at the treat for a solid 30 minutes, I decided it was time to take away Django's bully stick and save it for another day. Well, as you can imagine, Django refused to give up his treat. His teeth clamped down on the bully stick with the strength of a 100 lb rottweiler. After 10 unsuccessful minutes of trying to pry open Django's jaws, a marvelous idea came to me.
I left Django in the living room with his bully stick and ran into the kitchen to grab Django's doggy toothbrush. I sat down on the floor, grabbed Django (who was still clamping down on his bully stick), and gently placed him on my lap facing away from me. Without pulling, I held Django's bully stick in my left hand and started brushing Django's teeth with my right hand. For the first time, my stubborn sausage dog who absolutely hated having his teeth brushed was sitting calmly on my lap and letting me gently scrub each of his teeth.
Two weeks later, I shared my story with our vet who excitedly replied "You need to make a YouTube video and share this with the world!!!". So I did.
If you are struggling to brush your dog's teeth because they don't like it, this video is for you. Here is a simple and very 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.
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