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How to Clean Your Dogs Teeth

There are a number of ways you can clean your dog’s teeth. First of all, make sure you only use products that are specifically made for dogs (don’t even think about using Colgate)! You can use a brush and dog toothpaste or wipes. If you can’t seem to brush your dog’s teeth, go ahead and try some chews designed to clean dog teeth.

Next – it’s very important to clean your dog’s teeth on a consistent basis (hopefully like you do with your own teeth).

Here’s some great products that will help keep your dog’s teeth clean:

Petrodex Enzymatic Toothpaste Dog Poultry Flavor Sentry Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste – Poultry Flavor
We use this toothpaste on Kobi and it’s also a best seller for Dog Toothpaste on Amazon! This veterinary strength enzymatic toothpaste is specifically formulated for dogs. It will help control plaque, reduce tartar and fight bad breath. It does not foam and there’s no need to rinse. Comes in a yummy poultry flavor.
How to clean your dogs teeth - Pet Teeth John Paul Pet Teeth and Gum Wipes
John Paul’s Pet Teeth and Gum Wipes are specially formulated to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and breath fresh. Formulated with baking soda to remove stains from teeth, you can use it daily to help prevent tooth and gum disease.
how to clean your dog's teeth Sentry Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste – Peanut Flavor
This Veterinary Strength Peanut Flavor Dog Toothpaste Dental Kit helps clean teeth and fights bad breath. This toothpaste is designed just for dogs. It does not foam and there’s no need to rinse. Brushing with this dog toothpaste helps to reduce plaque and tartar accumulation. Comes in this tasty, peanut butter flavor.
How to clean your dogs teeth - Oral Hygiene Chews Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs
If you’re having a hard time trying to brush your dog’s teeth, then you might want to try a chew. These enzymatic oral hygiene chews for dogs combine natural antiseptic activity with abrasive action for clinically proven plaque control. They’re made with beef hide.

Learn more about why you should be concerned about cleaning your dog’s teeth: Clean Your Dogs Teeth – They’ll Live Longer!

Also, if you’re interested in a professional dog teeth cleaning, learn more from our two articles:

Top 4 Environmentally Friendly Dog Brands

While some may not consider it style, we definitely think that environmentally friendly dog brands and products are chic! This doesn’t mean that your dog needs to live in a burlap sack! Here are our Top 4 Environmentally Friendly Dog Brands:

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1. Earthbath

We love Earthbath grooming products! We recently highlighted their new Earthbath Shed Control Shampoo and Conditioner. Last year we also reviewed some of their other products.  Earthbath products are totally natural, non-toxic, paraben free, phthalate free, and phosphate free. They’re also cruelty free and contain no animal ingredients or by products. You’ll find they are stamped with the “green clean” logo.

For Bigger Messes

2. Earth Rated

Earth Rated Poop Bags are all natural and corn-based compostable. They have a super cute environmentally friendly green dispenser and their cores and packaging are made of recycled materials. Their green-colored bags have an additive that allows them to breakdown, unlike traditional plastic bags. Their white-colored bags are made from renewable resources with no additives, allowing for faster decomposition.

West Paw

3. West Paw Design

From constructing an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bozeman, Montana, to creating near-zero-waste dog toys, West Paw Design is seriously environmently friendly! Their dog products products are BPA and phthalate-free, non-toxic and FDA compliant. Their manufacturing practices use earth-friendly-materials (e.g. hemp and organic cotton) while minimizing waste (currently as low as 2.4%)! WPD is also a B Corp.

ABO Gear

4. Aussie Naturals/ABO Gear

ABO Gear originally started as an outdoor life gear company, in 2008 they launched their Aussie Naturals brand to create green and earth friendly pet gear. It was inspired as they saw too much synthetic and man-made gear in the marketplace. By using: jute, wool, cotton, coconut fiber, natural gum rubber and leather in their products, they are ensuring a long and healthy eco sustainable future. They have a wide range of products from dog outdoor gear to water buffalo horn dog treats. The Aussie Naturals IndestructaBALL made it on our Top 3 Tough Dog Toys list.

 

How to Stop Barking

Stop BarkingWe all love our dogs, but some of them really love to bark a lot and that can get annoying for you and your neighbors (if they live close to you).  Ideally, if you have a puppy, you can nip this in the bud with some puppy training. However, perhaps you adopted an older dog or your dog’s barking never seemed to get under control. Regardless, here are a few tips to try out:

Don’t Yell at Your Dog

If you yell, it’s likely your dog thinks you’re barking back at him and that could be a fun game. So remember to stay calm.

Desensitize Your Dog from the Stimulus

Does your dog always bark at the same person, situation or object? If so, you’ll have to desensitize them from the stimulus. Golden rule is for you to remain calm during the training. If you have the advantage of knowing when the stimulus will be present (or creating the situation yourself), this can be helpful.

Stop BarkingStart with having the stimulus far away. If your dog is not barking, give your dog a treat. Gradually move the stimulus closer to your dog. As long as your dog is not barking, you can give your dog a treat. When they eventually start to bark, use your body and your calm-assertive energy to create an invisible wall between your dog and the stimulus. If needed, stand between your dog and the stimulus. Wait for your dog to calm down and remain quiet. Then you can give your dog a treat again. You’ll have to practice this over and over again to teach your dog – so be patient.

If you can’t control the environment when your dog is going to notice the stimulus, an alternative is to use something like the Dog Dazer II Ultrasonic Dog Deterrent which emits an ultrasonic discomforting sound, which is not harmful, but deters the dog from barking. The high frequency sound is audible to dogs, but not to humans. When your dog starts barking, just push the button on the device to send an ultrasonic sound that deters the behavior. Remember to keep treats on you so you can give your dog a treat when you come in contact with the stimulus and your dog does not bark.

Another option is to use a citronella spray like PetSafe GentleSpray Anti-Bark Collar which harmlessly works to stop excessive barking. The collar uses a microphone and a vibration sensor to pick up your dog’s bark. It then releases a burst of citronella spray in front of his snout to distract him from his barking behavior. Dogs typically don’t like the smell of lemon, so this can be quite effective. We used it with our dog when he was young and soon after the barking problem stopped. Now he rarely barks.

 

Stop BarkingDivert Your Dog’s Attention to Something Else

If your dog starts barking, try to have something you can quickly grab like a ball or favorite squeaky toy to distract your dog from what ever stimulus they are barking at.

Keep Your Dog Tired

It’s possible your dog just has too much pent-up energy. Make sure your dog is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day. A tired dog is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration.

The Dog DNA Test – What Breeds Make Up Your Dog?

Dog DNA testIf you are one of those heroes that went to the pound or animal shelter to adopt your dog, you might be wondering – what breeds is my dog made out of? Maybe you’re just curious or perhaps you want to identify any potential health issues or disease predispositions based on their breed mix?

What we were surprised to learn is that your dog’s physical appearance is largely controlled by a small number of genes. These genes can have both recessive and dominant variants and the variants that are present determine the visible effect on physical traits seen.

As a result the presence of various breed signatures does not guarantee that the dog will look like all detected breeds. The wonder of genetic inheritance can be seen as much in dogs as it can in people. So what you see perhaps is not what you actually have…

Since you can’t totally guess your dogs breed ancestry based on looks, we researched some great DNA testing options for you. [Read more…]