Brushing Your Dog's Teeth
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How should I brush my dog's teeth?
If you've noticed that the odor from your dog's breath is becoming offensive to everyone in your family, it might be time to brush his teeth. Brushing a dog's teeth can be a bit tricky, but it is essential to the process of grooming your pet. Here are a few tips to guide you through the process:
- Select a time when you and your dog are both relaxed. Avoid times after eating or physical activity.
- Allow your dog to become familiar with the process of brushing. Stroke the outside of his cheek with your finger. Then gradually let him taste a dab of toothpaste. Do this a few times before ever using a toothbrush.
- Put a small dab of toothpaste on the brush and gently brush a few front teeth in slow circular motions to get your dog used to the sensation.
- Gradually begin brushing more and more teeth. Don't give in to your dog's hesitations because it will encourage him to fuss every time you attempt to brush his teeth.
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