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How to: Brush your dog's teeth

Updated on September 19, 2012
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Brushing their teeth CAN be fun

This hub is a step by step guide to successfully brushing your dog's teeth

The first time you brush your dog's teeth can be a very nerve-wracking experience for both you, and your pampered pooch. Especially so when you do not know how to do it properly. I learned this the hard way with my 14 year-old tiny toy poodle who now attempts the start of World War 3 when he gets a glimpse of his toothbrush. When he was a puppy, we bought the toothbrush and toothpaste, stuck it in his mouth and began brushing away without any thought or concern. Looking back now, this was probably very traumatizing for him. Taking the past into careful consideration when we adopted our Maltese, we have mastered the impossible and she jumps for joy when she knows it is time to brush her teeth!

Let's get started

1.First, make sure your puppy is used to you putting things in their mouth, and trusts that you will not harm them. You can do this by soaking your fingers in beef or chicken broth and rubbing them along your puppy's gums.

2.Once he/she is comfortable with this, go to your local pet store and purchase the correct size toothbrush for your puppy, and dog toothpaste (Do not use human toothpaste). There are many flavors from peanut butter to chicken.

3. First introduce the toothbrush to your puppy. Do not attempt to put it in your dog's mouth instead, let them come to the toothbrush on their own terms. Let them explore and sniff it.

4. Put a small amount of Dog toothpaste on your finger and let your dogs taste it. Continue to rub the toothpaste along their gums with your fingers. Praise your dog while doing this.

5. Now you can put the toothpaste on the toothbrush and allow your puppy to taste it. Do not worry if your puppy chews on the toothbrush, you want them to feel comfortable with it.

6. Now that your dog is used to you rubbing in their mouth, the toothbrush and toothpaste, you are ready to start brushing; in a calm and assertive manner. At first you may want to start with the front and canine teeth on the top and bottom. After a few days, you will be able to work your way through the entire mouth.


This is a process that may take time. Have patience, it WILL pay off! Goodluck

Below are some of the products my poochies absolutely love:

Triple Pet EZDOG Toothbrush for Small Breeds

8in1 D.D.S. Canine Dental Kit


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