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4 easy steps for first time brushers

  1. Get your pet used to the taste: There are many different flavours of dog toothpaste including chicken and peanut butter, so it’s a good idea to try a few and see which one your dog likes the best - if they like the flavour, it will make it easier for you. Start by putting a small amount on treats or your finger and letting them lick it off. 
  2. Get your pet used to the feeling: Finger toothbrushes are a great training tool to get your dog used to the motion of tooth brushing however you can also try putting a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and rubbing it along their teeth and gums to get them used to the feeling. 
  3. Get your pet used to the brush: Prepare your pet for the texture of the dog toothbrush by putting toothpaste on the end and letting your pet lick it off. 
  4. Get brushing: Once your dog is used to the feeling, taste and textures involved with brushing their teeth, you can start brushing – place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from the gum line and brush for no longer than 5 minutes. 

Remember at every step along the way, reassure your pet with praise and treats so that they get used to the positive aspects of brushing their teeth.

The Do’s & Don’ts of brushing…

Things to remember…

  • Do keep brushing sessions to 5 minutes maximum
  • Do get your dogs used to having their teeth brushed from a young age
  • Do take your dog to the vet once a year to check that their teeth and gums are healthy
  • If you are struggling to brush your dog’s teeth, do remember, that there are other methods including chews, gels and water additives that can assist with cleaning your pet’s teeth.

Things to avoid…

  • Don’t use toothbrushes or toothpaste designed for humans – you can purchase your dog toothbrushes and toothpaste from our us
  • Don’t punish your dog if they resist
  • Don’t use force to overpower your pet – if you find you are having difficulty or getting resistance then contact our team for assistance and top tips on how best to identify & address the issue.

It is estimated that 85% of dogs (over five years of age) suffer from gum disease – don’t let your dog become one of them. If you have any questions regarding the cleaning of your dog’s teeth or any queries about your dog’s dental hygiene, do not hesitate to call us on 01502 578999