When your mom is a dentist, you gotta brush! Thanks to some suggestions in our puppy obedience class, I started brushing Brutus' teeth very early on. When he sees the tube of toothpaste and brush come out, Brutus can barely contain himself - it's one of his favorite things to do. Sure, the poultry-flavored toothpaste helps, and he chews on the brush more than anything else. I'm just glad he enjoys it, hopefully will keep us from needing to go through the risk of anesthesia for a cleaning at the vet. Brutus is the only dog I have who doesn't make you want to keel over if he breathes on you, and I intend to keep it that way (sorry Duncan & Mason, at least I learn from my mistakes...)!
I do most of the brushing myself - but as pictured below, I always allow a little supervised chewing at the end to reward Brutus for his good behavior :)
If I only had thumbs I'd be better at this...
Gotta get those molars clean - oops, wrong end of the brush!!
ACK! I hate it when you get the brush too far back!!
OK - done brushing!
Where's the floss, mom????