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Stop Puppy ChewingIf you don’t take care of your puppy or dog’s teeth you could be storing up a whole host of problems.

Poor dental hygiene in dogs can cause problems such as: inflammation of the gums, periodontal disease (in which plaque builds up and begins to separate the tooth from the gum), abscesses, tooth loss and infections.Also, bacteria from the mouth can get into the dog’s blood stream and affect certain organs such as the liver, kidneys and the heart. The way to avoid these issues is to brush your dog’s teeth regularly (ideally on a daily basis). So the question, how to brush my dog’s teeth? is a very important one.

You should start to brush your dog’s teeth at as early a stage as possible. Puppies who have their teeth brushed regularly soon get used the process.

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It’s advisable not to pin your dog or puppy down and start trying to give their teeth a thorough brushing. It will be easier for you in the long run if you can get your pet to willingly engage in having his or her teeth brushed. Be warned though – this may take time!! The key to this is gradually increasing the time you spend attending to your dog’s teeth.

The first stage is to put dog tooth paste on your finger and let your dog lick it. You can then try and put your finger into your dog’s mouth and rub his or her teeth. When your dog is ready to accept you putting your finger into his or her mouth, you can then start to use a dog finger brush. You can put some dog tooth paste on this and rub it across your dog’s teeth. Although a finger brush is effective, you are likely to get a better result using a dog tooth brush.

Once you are at the point where you can get a toothbrush (or at least a finger brush) into your dog’s mouth, you can start getting into a dental hygiene routine.

So, here’s some tips:

  • Aim to brush your dog’s teeth on a daily basis (failing this, as regularly as possible);
  • Deal with the teeth in 4 sections – back left, back right, front left and front right. Quickly brush all 4 areas using the recommended amount of dog toothpaste. As your dog gets used to the teeth brushing process, you can start doing each area more and more thoroughly;
  • Give your puppy or dog loads of praise and affection throughout the teeth cleaning session. This will, hopefully, lead to your dog seeing tooth cleaning as something positive and fun;
  • Have a good look at your dog’s teeth whilst you are cleaning them. Look out for any problems such as: excessive plague build up, sore looking gums and loose teeth (in dogs who have all of their adult teeth);
  • Be prepared to take your dog for veterinary teeth cleaning whenever there is a big build up of plaque. During this process dogs are usually put under general anesthetic so that all the plaque can be scraped off their teeth.

So, in answer to the question, how to brush my dogs teeth? Teeth brushing is crucial part of overall dog care and it is quite easy to do if your dog complies with what you’re trying to do! It’s, therefore, really important to gradually get your pet accustomed to having his or her teeth brushed. If you provide your dog with regular teeth brushing sessions, you are likely to avert any serious dental problems (especially if your dental routine begins at the puppy stage).

Puppy Training Guide

Crate Training a PuppyCrate training a puppy is the easiest way to get your puppy assimilated to living in your house without causing a mess.

Some people think that crate training is cruel because the animal is confined. Crate training is not cruel. It enables the puppy to become a good pet and a member of the family instead of a creature that causes havoc.

It is actually cruel not to train a puppy. Take a look at your neighborhood dog pound and you will see a bunch of dogs that were abandoned by their owners who could not take care of them. Many people do not take the time to train puppies properly and get sick of having the house destroyed by the grown dog. They get rid of the animal and expect someone else to take care of it. Most people, however, do not want to have to try to train a dog as it can be very difficult. The animal gets put to sleep. This is much more cruel than crate training a puppy so that it becomes a good pet.

You should get a crate that is large enough for the puppy to move around but small enough so that the dog will not be tempted to use part of the crate as his personal bathroom. The purpose of crate training is twofold. It gives your puppy a den, a place of his own where he is secure and happy and it also keeps him from going to the bathroom wherever he wants.

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A puppy will not go to the bathroom where he sleeps. This is against the nature of the animal. Crate training a puppy is a simple concept. You keep the puppy in the crate unless you are watching him carefully. You feed the puppy outside of the crate and then take him outside to hopefully go to the bathroom. You make sure that you establish a firm routine and do the same thing every day. This will give the puppy a sense of security.

When the dog goes to the bathroom outside, you reward him and take him home. You can then play with the puppy for awhile until it is time for him to go into the crate. Remember that dogs are very social animals. If you have a dog, you should be prepared to devote time and attention to the animal, otherwise it will become distressed.

The puppy should sleep in the crate and be allowed out to go to the bathroom before you go to bed and then first thing in the morning. Again, routine is very important. When you leave the house, you can then put the puppy in the crate.

Some people crate train a puppy and then, once it is fully housebroken, allow it to run free in the house. Others keep the crate as the den for the dog and it becomes the place where the animal sleeps. Either way, crate training is the easiest way to house train your puppy.

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