As a responsible owner of a mini dachshund, one of the steps in grooming your mini Dachshund is brushing his/her teeth. Mini Dachshunds can get cavities (like any dog) and periodontal disease just like humans. They also build up plaque and tartar on their teeth just like humans.
These are the main reasons why your mini Dachshund should have his teeth brushed everyday. Not only will you help to alleviate plaque and tartar build up, but you will help to keep your Dachshund’s breath fresh. After all, Dachshunds love to give kisses!
You can purchase toothpaste, toothbrushes and yes, even dog mouthwash at almost any pet store.
Get your Dachshund used to touching their teeth and gums
To make this process easy for both you and your mini Dachshund, start when your Dachshund is a puppy. Before you actually start using a brush and paste, start by getting your puppy used to having his teeth touched by you. Several times a day ‘practice’ by placing your finger in his mouth and briefly rubbing his teeth and gums gently. Be sure to wash your hands when you are done! 🙂
When you are satisfied that your mini Dachshund is comfortable with having his teeth touched it’s time for the next step.
Brushing your Dachshund’s teeth
Almost all toothpaste made for dogs is flavored so they will not usually dislike the taste. Another thing to note is that most of the toothpastes come with a ‘rubber finger’ brush. This is for dogs that do not like the ‘feel’ of the toothbrush, but have gotten used to having you rub their teeth with your finger, the ‘rubber finger’ brush is ideal. Simply slip the finger brush over your finger, apply some toothpaste and brush away!
Now, bear in mind, that dogs are not going to ‘spit out’ their toothpaste when you are done. They will, no doubt, swallow it. For this reason, never use human toothpaste on your dog! Canine toothpastes are designed to taste appealing as well as be edible (okay to swallow).
My mini Dachshund, Sampson, enjoys having his teeth brushed. Once I open his mouth and get the toothbrush in his mouth, he often holds his mouth open while I do one side. We will usually take a break for a few seconds, open his mouth again and do the other side.
Your dog may or may not choose to have a drink of water after brushing and that’s okay.
Your Dachshund can help with good dental hygiene
You can recruit your Dachshund’s help in keeping his teeth clean by giving him dog chews a few times a week. There are even some dog biscuits especially formulated to help your dog in maintaining healthy teeth.
Sampson helps each day in his own little way. One thing I can tell you that I’ve learned is that Dachshunds learn a lot by example.
When Sampson first came to live with us, he had finished eating and I said to him, “okay, now clean your teeth.” I proceeded to slide my tongue across the front of my teeth. To my surprise, Sampson did the exact same thing!
I thought, no this has to be a coincidence. So I told him again, “clean your teeth.” He opened his mouth and ran his tongue along the front of his teeth.
So after every meal, I tell him (and show him) to clean his teeth and he does, every single time!