3. Train your dog to brush
Jamming a toothbrush in your pup’s mouth for the first time can be startling. If you want to minimize your risk of being bitten, teach them how to sit still during brushings. Before you ever introduce the toothbrush, spend some time gently opening their mouth and touching their teeth. Once they are comfortable with that, put a little toothbrush on your finger and let them taste it. If they like the taste and are okay with having their teeth touched, then you can start brushing. Remember to be patient—it may take a few weeks before they’re ready.
You may also want to make brushing a regular routine. For example, designate brushing time when you’re getting ready for bed. Have them sit in a certain spot while they have their teeth brushed. If they enjoy the taste of the toothpaste, it will be like a special treat to them. If your Labradoodle sits outside of your bathroom door every night at the same time, it will also help you remember to brush for them. Unlike humans who should brush more frequently, one brushing a day is all your dog needs.
4. Use the right technique
Be gentle with your brushing. Vigorous scrubbing can hurt their gums and make brushing unpleasant. Move the brush in a circular motion and spend a few seconds brushing each individual tooth. Hold the toothbrush at an angle so it can reach the gum line. Don’t forget to clean the chewing edges of the teeth, too. The inside may be difficult to reach, so don’t worry if you can’t get to it. The sides of their tongue is bumpy enough to scrub that part of the tooth.
5. Make brushing a positive experience
If your Labradoodle doesn’t love brushing, then it’s up to you to make it a more positive experience. Talk to your dog in a soft, reassuring tone while touching their teeth and gums. After brushing, give them lots of pets and praise. Let them know that they did a good job if they sat still. If they run away, don’t try too hard to force them to sit and control your temper. You can always keep trying, and eventually your dog will love having their teeth brushed.
Good oral hygiene can have a huge effect on your Labradoodle’s overall health. Just a few minutes of brushing a day can prevent painful abscessed teeth, gum disease, and smelly breath. If your Labradoodle has bad teeth, the pain can affect their quality of life. Brushing may seem new and strange to your dog at first, but after plenty of practice, your dog will come to love having their teeth brushed. They’ll think they are enjoying a tasty treat, and you’ll love the lower vet bills and their fresh breath.