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Help! My Dog hates having his teeth brushed!

Written by ADAPTIL Expert, published on May 01, 2024

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Does the mere sight of a toothbrush send your dog running for cover? Fear not! We've compiled several strategies to help you navigate the sometimes tricky procedure of canine teeth brushing. Here are some tried-and-tested tips to make the process smoother for both you and your furry friend:

Tips on Brushing Your Pet's Teeth:

  • Start Slow: Introduce brushing gradually from a young age. Let your pet sniff and explore the toothbrush at their own pace.

  • Curiosity is Key: Encourage curiosity by allowing them to sniff and lick the toothbrush. Praise them for their inquisitiveness – positive reinforcement goes a long way!

  • Gentle Touch: Begin by gently touching their nose or muzzle with the toothbrush. This helps them get accustomed to the sensation.

  • Gradual Progression: Once they seem comfortable, start gently rubbing their teeth and gums with your finger. Gradually transition to using a dog-specific toothbrush designed for their comfort.

  • Patience is Virtue: Each stage of the process may take weeks or even months to achieve. Take your time and celebrate every small victory along the way.

  • Choose the Right Toothpaste: Opt for an enzymatic toothpaste designed specifically for dogs. Avoid using human toothpaste, as fluoride can be harmful to our canine companions.

  • Establish a Routine: Consistency is key! Establish a daily brushing routine to make it a regular part of their care regimen.

dog having teeth brushed


Don't Give Up!

Remember, brushing your dog’s teeth is important for their overall health, and it’s something that you can do to help them live a long and happy life. Don't be disheartened if progress is slow. With patience and persistence, you can turn brushing into a positive experience for both you and your furry friend.

When to Brush Your Dog's Teeth:

You should aim to brush your dog’s teeth at least once a week. However, if your dog has dental problems, you may need to brush more frequently. Regular dental care is crucial for their overall health, so make it a priority.

Explore Dental Chew Options:

Dental chews can be a convenient alternative to brushing. Look for chews specifically designed to promote dental health, ensuring they're the right size and texture for your dog's needs.


dog chewing on dental stick


Dental chews like Logic are designed for use after a dog’s final meal of the day, the multi-action chews are low in calories and help keep mouths healthy by encouraging a chewing action that massages the gums and cleans teeth of food particles.

Consider Logic Oral Hygiene Gel:

If you have tried brushing your dog's teeth without much success, Logic Oral Hygiene Gel is also effective without brushing. Its multi-enzyme formula helps maintain a healthy balance of microorganisms in the mouth, breaking down existing plaque without the need for brushing.


positive dog training


So, as you cuddle up with your furry friend tonight, take a moment to think about their dental health. With a little love and attention, you can help ensure that they maintain a happy, healthy smile for years to come.

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