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I've been trying to brush Zoe's teeth. She'll tolerate for about 1.5 seconds, then she'll shut her mouth and look away.

 

How do you get it done? I could force her but I don't want it to be a negative experience.

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Starting gradually is key. That, and using poultry-flavored toothpaste. :lol

 

For my pups, I started by just putting a bit of toothpaste on the brush and letting them lick it off. Over the course of a few days, I gradually start just brushing the easily reached teeth. Once they seem comfortable with that, over the next few days, I become increasingly thorough, until I'm getting all teeth scrubbed. By this time it's routine, and they all line up to get their teeth brushed. :D They seem to like the sensation, and will sort of "air-chew" while I brush. :lol

 

As for the exact how, I have them stand up, and I straddle their backs, leaning over their heads. This allows me to easily hook the corner of their mouth with a finger and pull the lips back with one hand, while brushing with the other so I can reach all those tiny teeth waaaay in the back (you know, the ones that always seem to decay first :rolleyes: ).

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