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Why Brush Your Pet's Teeth?
Daily Toothbrushing:
  • Can add years to your pet’s life

  • Only takes about 1 minute a day

  • Helps prevent gum disease

The less dental work that your pet needs, the lower the cost, just like people. Preventing gum disease is good for your pet and your budget!

Just like people, even with toothbrushing, pets still need a yearly dental exam, a dental cleaning, and dental x-rays to check for problems under the gums.

Will My Pet Let Me Brush His Teeth?
  • Well socialized and trusting pets quickly accept toothbrushing because it means attention from you, it doesn’t hurt, and it involves a treat.

  • Pets are used to having things in their mouth because that’s how they carry stuff. So a toothbrush is not a big deal.

  • Ask your vet for a ToothBrush Training™ appointment to help get started.

When To Start ToothBrush Training™
When ToothBrush Training™ Your Pet…

Always Praise, Never Punish

What Training Supplies Do You Need to Get Excellent Results?

Toothbrush, Dental Gel, Treats

About Brushing Your Pet's Teeth
  • There is no need to open your pet’s mouth.
  • Lifting the lip allows brushing of the outer surfaces of the teeth.
  • For most pets, their tongue keeps the inner surfaces clean.
Tips for ToothBrush Training™ Success
  • Make toothbrushing part of the daily routine by brushing at about the same time each day.

  • Keep the experience positive by using lots of praise and giving consistent rewards (food or toy).

  • Always end on a good note.


ToothBrush Training™ Your Pet

PICK A GOOD PLACE
  • Choose a quiet place with no distractions, like other pets who are trying to “help.”
  • Seat your pet in a corner so they can’t wiggle backwards when they’re first learning about toothbrushing.
  • Dogs can be on the floor, cats and smaller dogs can be on a chair, sofa, or a table.
  • If the floor or table is slippery, use a yoga mat or shelf liner to provide secure footing.
  • Some dog owners prefer to hold small dogs on their lap or cradled on their back like a baby.

  • Some cat owners prefer to kneel on the floor behind their sitting cat.

GET THE TREATS AND BRUSH READY
  • Have the 3 treats lined up and ready to go.
  • Put the gel on the brush.
  • Approximate amount of gel to use:
    • Dogs over 50 lbs: 1 inch (lima bean size)
    • Dogs 30-50 lbs: 3/4 inch (kidney bean size)
    • Dogs 10-30 lbs: 1/2 inch (large pea size)
    • Dogs under 10 lbs and cats: 1/4 inch (small pea size)
Toothbrush Training™ Your Dog

Remember, ToothBrush Training™ only works with well socialized and trusting pets. If you need training help, please contact your veterinarian for advice.

PRAISE AND TREAT-TREAT-TREAT!
ToothBrush Training™ Your Cat

What Owners Say AboutToothBrush Training™

  • “It was easy once I got the hang of it.”
  • “Using a corner and a grippy mat helped a lot.”
  • “My dog was trained by the second day.”
  • “My dog expects her toothbrushing and treat every day.”
  • “I can see that toothbrushing really makes a difference!”
  • “I brush my dog’s teeth daily and at her yearly check-up, my vet couldn’t believe how clean her teeth were.”
  • “My cat doesn’t mind at all and he likes the treat!”
  • “I brush my cat’s teeth every day and at her annual exam my vet was surprised at how little tartar she had.”