Taking care of your German Shepherd’s teeth is very important to your dog’s overall health.
Your German Shepherd’s teeth may accumulate tartar over time and will need to be cleaned occasionally.
There are different ways to clean your German Shepherd’s teeth including:
- Having them clean or brushed during his grooming session,
- Feeding your German Shepherd some dental sticks,
- Giving your dog chew toys,
- Brushing his teeth with a dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste.
How to brush your German Shepherd’s teeth
The best way to keep your German Shepherd’s teeth in tip-top shape is to brush them yourself a couple of times a week.
It helps a lot if you trained your GSD to stay still when brushing at a young age but if you skipped on that, German Shepherds are fairly easy to train to stay still.
Here’s how to brush your German Shepherd’s teeth.
Train your German Shepherd to get used to teeth cleaning
Start by slowly touching and petting your GSD’s muzzle. Then lift your GSD’s lips and expose his teeth and gums.
After a few days, start holding your GSD’s muzzle gently and eventually stroke his teeth and gums with your finger or a toothbrush made specifically to fit onto your finger.
Introduce the dog toothpaste and toothbrush
If your GSD is now used to you handling his mouth and stroking his gums and teeth, it’s time to introduce him to dog toothpaste and toothbrush. Never use human toothpaste as it may contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs. Always use a toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs.
Put a small amount of dog toothpaste on your finger and let your GSD taste it.
Put a pea-sized toothpaste on your GSD’s teeth and spread it. Then, put a small amount of toothpaste on the doggie brush before brushing one tooth and gum line.
Brush your German Shepherd’s teeth thoroughly
Start brushing your German Shepherd’s teeth thoroughly. You can now brush more of your GSD’s teeth and eventually work your way to his back teeth.
It ‘s fine to keep your GSD’s mouth closed as you brush since most of the plaque builds up mainly on the outside of the dog’s teeth.
Brush your GSD’s teeth in circular strokes at a 45º angle or just small back-and-forth strokes.
Over time, your German Shepherd will get used to this healthy habit, and will achieve and maintain maximum dental health.