Step 4: Add toothpaste and increase duration

Using a small amount of toothpaste on your brush, lightly brush your dog's teeth, paying special attention to the back molars where tartar builds up readily. The inside of the teeth does not accumulate as much tartar so it is most important to brush the outside surfaces.

Work up to brushing for 30 seconds on each side of the mouth.
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We have three large dogs, and we brush their teeth every night. They really look forward to it.
Thanks for this! I've tried in the past and couldn't get her to let me brush em'. I'll try using this technique starting tomorrow and see how it goes. Also, your corgi looks almost identical to mine :D!
Great Instructable!! I'm totally going to give this a try, (Ein, my dog) HATES having his teeth brushed. I spent a good fortune at the pet health food store down my street on a really good enzymatic toothpaste and brush...I'm going to start working with him on getting used to a toothbrush in his mouth. We have the same kind of dog btw, except mine is a Cardigan :)
wonderful article! this really helped me.
Great article. I wish more people took dental care seriously for their pet. I would like to correct you though. Dogs do get cavities. Just remember: dental disease leads to many other diseases.
My poor puppy came from the humane society so she's no exactly appreciative of teeth brushing. She does like the belly rubs after though!
Thank you for the advice. I used to brush my dogs teth with nothing but a little praise. I skipped a couple of steps but i added treats and a lot of praise. My dog thinks its a fun game now :). thanks!
my mom tried using a dental like instrument like the ones at the dentists' office and it work pretty well to scrape off all the junk off....then she uses the toothbrush type thing you use....pretty cool 4/5
Hey,<br/><br/>Nice one on how to brush their teeth. I have often noticed that even we tend to neglect how to correctly brush our teeth<br/><br/>Have a look at the following article which shows a step by step procedure on how to brush our teeth<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://dentalhealthsite.com/how-to-correctly-brush-your-teeth">How to brush teeth</a>How to brush teeth<br/>
ooh cool
. Another great doggy iBle. A little patience goes a long ways. . Do you really brush your dog's teeth every day? I inspect mines' mouth/teeth about once a month and don't brush their teeth but about every six months. Maybe sooner if they find some litter box crunchies.
I try to fit it in everyday, of course sometimes we do miss. While it's better than nothing, once every six months isn't doing anything for your dog's teeth. If they stay clean, your dogs must just the right balance of bacteria in their mouths. You have to remove the buildup while it's still soft and white before it becomes tartar, the hard yellow stuff. This can't be removed just by brushing, but only by a dental scaling because it builds up underneath the gum as well as on the tooth's outer surface. I don't mean to preach but after dealing with so many rescue dog's teeth issues (especially small breeds, which can have some pretty rank teeth) and seeing what lack of dental care can do, I think it's very important. My current dog gets tartar like there's no tomorrow and I really hate to have him put under for cleanings so we take preventative measures. He really does LOVE his toothpaste so he jumps up on the sofa if you say "teefies". :) In closing, think about how often you brush your own teeth. Every day? Why shouldn't your dog?
I brush my dog's teeth once a week. It was what the vet told me at minimum. But he hates it so much. I'm going to try it this way and go slow to try to get him to like it better.
&gt; your dogs must just the right balance of bacteria in their mouths<br/>. Well, they don't get much soft food and they have plenty of chew toys. Other than that, I guess I'm just lucky. I have had dogs that would need to have a minor teeth cleaning every 2-3 years, but I have the vet check the teeth every visit so it's was caught early enough not to be a big problem.<br/>. <br/>&gt; I don't mean to preach but after dealing with so many rescue dog's<br/>. I don't think you're preaching. Just a concerned dog lover. ;)<br/>. I worked at a local shelter for a while and know where you're coming from. I've even &quot;confiscated and redistributed&quot; a few mistreated dogs over the years.<br/>. <br/>&gt; think about how often you brush your own teeth. Every day? Why shouldn't your dog?<br/>. Well, I don't rinse my mouth with <em>eau de toilette</em> every few hours or eat kitty krunchies (dolomite ought to be a good tartar remover). heehee<br/>. Seriously, it is something that the vet and I keep an eye on. Thanks for being concerned.<br/>
Sounds like your dogs are lucky to have you! Yes, the kitty krunchies are probably a good floss substitute! Sadly not mint flavored. :)
my dog looks exactly like your. is it an Austrailian Shepard?
Nope, Sully is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Both herding breeds though. :)
Great instructionable, I have been wondering how to do this. Thank you!
That is an awesome t-shirt. Is that "Where the Wild Things Are"?
Very good Instructable, your dog is cute. :-) My mom always wanted to keep my puppy cute and clean. (Sadly, he passed away when I was in 7th grade, and now I'm in 8th.) This reminds me of my dog... great Instructable by the way.
Thanks for posting the pet care info beastbunny.. I've clipped my dogs nails but it's always been a struggle.. She doesn't like having her feet touched at all.. never mind the evil clipper!!
Glad you like them. I hope someone gets use out of them and they help dogs lead healthier, more stress-free lives. Almost all behavior is learned, especially bad associations with things. Using positive reinforcement, attitudes can be changed and dogs can enjoy all the little things they usually hate like nail trimming and teeth brushing. Good luck!
lol i just had my dog trimmed (and brushed) about 4 hours ago :-P
Haha! Then it's the perfect time to start getting him/her used to fingers/dry brush so that you can work up to a daily routine!

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