Dogs don’t like having their teeth brushed. Our dog is no exception. We use the kind of dog toothbrush that goes on your finger. In the past, after I would put toothpaste on the toothbrush, most of the toothpaste would end up on our dog’s fur because he would not hold still. Because of that, we didn’t brush his teeth and just depended on dog gum and his rope toy.
I have since learned I need to go slow. I let our dog lick the toothpaste off the toothbrush, which gives me a chance to go in and start brushing. He even opens his mouth, giving me a chance to brush the back of his teeth.
I’m not sure when he’ll enjoy having his teeth brushed. Until he does, I’ll keep using this trick to help him keep his teeth clean.