How to give a Ring of Confidence to a dog.

Hands up those who remember the Colgate toothpaste ad with the ring of confidence.
Well try and apply that to a dog………… a big dog………….. like Maya.
We had an appointment with the vet today for her annual jabs and he said she is doing well. We’re on top of the eczema issue and if anything, at 34.3 kgs she’s a little underweight. We are therefore upping her food a little but cutting down on biscuits and titbits from whatever we’re eating to rely on hide chews and the little discs she loves as treats.
I’ve found these two charts which I think are reasonable guides:

Note: I’ve added the kilo equivalent alongside the German Shepherd

The vet says we should be cleaning her teeth now and we had already started the ground work some time ago, going through the motions with a toothbrush, even investing in chicken flavour doggy toothpaste, but with everything that has been going on with our own health lately, I am afraid it got put on the back burner.

No longer, and today we started her new teeth cleaning regime.
The toothpaste tube had some pointers on introducing your pet to tooth cleaning which was common sense, practical and sensible.
Trying to prise the canine chops open was a different matter and when success was his, Hubby felt the pressure of our baby’s molars on his finger. He is now sporting a new dent in his forefinger, but no broken skinas it was just a  ‘We’re not going to hurt each other are we’ kind of thing.

Hubby ended up with a kitchenituspilferous solution in cutting the handle of one of my wooden spoons to act as a ‘bite down’. As it turned out, he didn’t need it. By putting a little toothpaste on that a few times, Maya decided she liked the taste and went back for more. Introduce the toothbrush (softest bristles I could get) and a similar procedure, she was soon licking both and quite happy.
Now came the hard bit, getting her to open wide enough to brush those lovely pearlies without getting dented again.
It all went surprisingly well after that, so now as well as the face and bits wash in the morning (yes, she presents herself by the sink in the bathroom to be done), she will have her teeth cleaned too. We may change this to the evening eventually, but one can’t hurry these things. We don’t want to frighten our baby or for her to associate teeth cleaning as a fight rather than a tasty game.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to How to give a Ring of Confidence to a dog.

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Very cleverly done 👍

  2. KL Caley says:

    Great job. KL ❤️

  3. DA Whittam says:

    Good news, it can be a real fight if your dog doesn’t enjoy it

  4. glyn40wilton says:

    No doubt Maya’s teeth cleaning routine will soon be a doddle. That’s the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

  5. It’s great to hear that Maya is doing well and that you’re taking good care of her, including monitoring her weight and dental hygiene. The charts you provided are helpful guides for other dog owners, too. It’s easy for things like teeth cleaning to get put on the back burner, but it’s important to keep up with it. Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips for caring for a big dog like Maya!

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