Do you brush your teeth every morning? Yes? Well if you maintain a dental hygiene routine, why wouldn’t you have your dog be in the same routine? Many pet owners don’t realize it but if your furry friend has bad dental hygiene, it can lead to health problems down the road. If you have ever brushed your dog’s teeth, you know that it is not easy. With February being Pet Dental Health month we put together a step by step guideline to help you brush your pet’s teeth.

Step one: You need to train your dog to get used to the taste of the toothpaste. You can do this by placing a little of the toothpaste on your finger and have your dog lick it off. Do this for several days in a row or until you feel like your pet is used to the flavor. Follow this with a treat or give praise to them.

Step two: You will now need to train them to get used to having toothpaste on their teeth and gums. To do so place a small amount on your dog’s large canine tooth and repeat for a few days or until you feel like they are used to it. Once again follow with a treat or give praise.

Step three: You will now need to train them to get used to the toothbrush. Place toothpaste on the toothbrush and have your pet lick it off. This will allow them to get used to the texture of the toothbrush. Repeat for several days and once again reward them with a treat or praise.

Step four: You will now begin brushing, yay! Start by pulling back your dog’s lips (gently, of course) and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline. Brush to the outside of the tooth, moving the brush gently back and forth. Look you’re doing it! At first, your dog won’t let you get to all of their teeth so day by day gradually moving to more teeth.

Once finished, give your dog all the love and treats they deserve. Ideally, it would be great to brush your pet’s teeth every day but as long as you can brush them twice to three times a week then you should be all set. Just remember to give your furry friend some love and treats, they survived their teeth brushing!