We want to keep our dogs’ teeth healthy so we fall for the dental stick hype. Advertising makes us feel like bad dog owners if we don’t buy the things.
A good chew on a raw bone (not cooked) helps keep the teeth clean. Chewing on dry kibble can also help. See here for the best approach to keeping a dog’s teeth healthy into old age.
Making sure our dogs are used to be handled from an early age means that cleaning teeth, grooming and cutting nails should be no problem at all. If the dog doesn’t like it all is not lost, but it takes time and patience to desensitise him.
Here is the story of Hamish, a little dog I went to that didn’t much like being touched.
Theo Stewart, The Dog Lady
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