Teeth brushing - Maltese Dogs Forum : Spoiled Maltese Forums

SpoiledMaltese.com is the premier Maltese Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Spoiledmaltese is a resource and forum for information and help with your Maltese. We do not support or endorse the selling of animals on this site.
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-15-2012, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
Maltese Guru
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 201
Default Teeth brushing

What are some good tips for brushing the teeth of your dog? My dog will let me do it for a short amount of time then gets bored really fast. I am only able to get halfway done. How can I extend the tooth brushing time and make it enjoyable for him?
The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.
piratelover is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 11-15-2012, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
Maltese Guru

Leila'sMommy's Avatar
Name: Pam
Dog's Name: Leila
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: West Columbia, SC
Posts: 2,932

How old is he? I know it's nice to be able to get it all done at one time, but it might be better for both of you if you try to do parts of it at a time, then let him play, then do it again a little later to finish up. I have a baby toothbrush for Leila...well, I did until the Lab just got it and chewed it up. I have to go in the morning to buy a new one. Anyway, Leila loved hers. She would let me brush and brush. I think it felt good to her gums. Before I started actually brushing her teeth with it, I let her play with it to get used to it.

Just gotta add in case you don't know, but don't use human toothpaste. It is dangerous to dogs.

Leila'sMommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 07:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
Maltese Guru
BellaNotte's Avatar
Name: Nora
Dog's Name: Cici
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: San Luis Obispo County
Posts: 927
Send a message via Yahoo to BellaNotte

I did it by baby steps with Cici. The only place she will let me groom her and brush her teeth is on a high little foldable table, because she has nowhere to go so she just gives up and relaxes. Start by really really short intervals, and use treats. I would use cheddar cheese with Cici at first, it really got her attention. I would whisper "stay" while I grabbed her by the hair under her mouth gently for just half a second, and let go, give a treat, then 1 second, 2 seconds, and so on. This was teaching her to "stay" when I told her to. Then after she was able to stay still for about 4-5 seconds, I started pulling down her lip part to see her teeth, and doing it for short intervals with treat reward until she got the hang of it.
Then you can start introducing the brush. You could either put some tooth paste on your finger and rub it on her teeth to get her used to that (also doing it by short intervals like above), or you can use the finger brush, or just go straight with the regular dog brush or a soft baby brush (they're cheaper). Doing it by short intervals, slowly moving up to being able to brush all the teeth. For the first week or two always give treats after each interval, then after you feel he understands the process and what he has to do, you can stop giving treats and just say "good boy!".
There's a lot of other different methods, but this is the one that worked really well for me and Cici, and now she's to the point where I can get her to keep her head super super still while I do something like get something out of her eye or something on her face. I don't ever make her stay still for more than 5 seconds though, I always give her a little break and then do it again if I have to.
BellaNotte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 09:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
Maltese Guru
Grace'sMom's Avatar
Name: Tori
Dog's Name: Grace -maltipoo, Gus - poodle mix
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 4,174

I get about half a mouth each night.... I don't push it. Their teeth are great. Gus is going to be 3 this year and the vet says his teeth are wonderful.

So I'd say do what you can and get the rest later

Grace (Dec. 4, 2011) & Gus (Dec.15, 2009)

my lyme journey blog: faith, water, & yoga

my lyme video (updated link):
Tick,tick,tick... Time to see Lyme
Grace'sMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum