Are there any tips for making brushing a dog’s teeth easier? - Animal Hospital of Statesville

What I tell people is you've got to make it fun. If you take your dog and put them in a headlock, and say, "Here, we're going to brush your teeth," you're not going to brush that dog's teeth, and that's probably going to be the only chance you ever get to brush that dog's teeth. So we have to work up to it, and we have to make it fun. So you take a little bit of this chicken or beef-flavored toothpaste, and you put it on your finger and let the dog lick it. And that's what you've done today, and you're finished. And tomorrow, you put a little bit on your finger, and you wipe it on their front teeth, and let them lick it. And you're done for the day. And the next day, you wipe a little more. And the next day, you wipe a little more. And when they are used to that, now we might add a little children's soft-bristle finger brush on your finger. And then we do the same thing. We work it around and around.

It's going to take weeks to get to this point. But I have many owners who have done that, and their pets truly like having their teeth brushed. They'll come up to the owner and kind of nudge them because they enjoy having their teeth brushed. And eventually, you can graduate up to a children's soft-bristle toothbrush. Or there are even pet brushes made with two sides, for small areas and large areas. Again, it's got to be fun, or it’s not going to happen.

Are there any tips for making brushing a dog’s teeth easier? - Brooks-Falls Veterinary Hospital

I guess starting as young as possible. So when they're a puppy, getting them used to the action of brushing their teeth. You only have to brush the outside, so you should get them used to even just a finger brush on the outside. If you do it right before dinner, they'll be really excited about it because they know that dinner's coming afterward.