We all know to brush our teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. We keep away cavities and plaque disease, we even fight off heart disease with good oral hygiene. Our dogs need good oral hygiene too! Brushing our dog’s teeth at least twice a week can prevent plaque build up and help keep their breath fresh and clean.
How to brush my dog’s teeth??
Of course, how do we do this? First, it’s important to get a toothbrush and toothpaste made for your dog. There are lots of enzymatic toothpastes for dogs available at a variety of pet supply stores. You will also need to purchase a doggie toothbrush made for dogs to help reach your all their teeth.
Second, we can train our Australian Labradoodles to help us brush their teeth. Start by touching their mouth and teeth and rewarding them heavily for this. Start to cue the fact that you’re going to work in their mouth by saying “Teeth” or another cue word, and then reward them for sitting still and letting you manipulate their lips and teeth. Eventually start swiping the toothbrush to their teeth during this time. Start with just a light swish and build up to a longer duration of brushing. Reward heavily each time.
You can also independently get your dog acclimated to the toothpaste taste by putting a little on your finger when you manipulate your dog’s mouth. Over time, you can pair the toothpaste and the toothbrush and build up duration. Keep rewarding your dog for letting you do this! This will also help when you take your dog to the vet or groomer.
Why brush my dogs teeth?
Why is this so important? Plaque build up can lead to tooth decay and painful mouth infections for your dog. It can lead to other health issues, just like in humans. Oral health is an important of overall health in all animals, and we need to do our part by helping our dogs.
What if I can’t brush that often?
In between brushing, providing your dog with a Nylabone Life’s Abundance Gourmet Dental Treats on can help naturally keep down plaque. At Ashford Manor Labradoodles we do not recommend treats that are advertised to clean your dog’s teeth, as they can cause digestive distress and are extra calories your dog does not need.
Healthy Teeth & Gums Are Key!
Ashford Manor Labradoodles
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