I just purchased a de-scaler to pick and scrape the tartar off dog's teeth from a seller named afortunatedog on E-bay. I volunteer in rescue and pick up the tab for the dogs I foster whether it's their vet bills food, or whatever, and I've had like 10 of them this year. I really wanted to see if I could get the tartar off my dog's teeth with this very nice tool. It cost under 10 dollars and is a very nice stainless steel tool.
First I worked with my skittish Dachshund Forrest. I took him to my own bedroom and it's a treat to sleep, cuddle or be on my bed. The dogs are always happy to be there and know it's a privilege and a treat. I laid him on the bed and he was calm. I opened his mouth and making sure I was wearing my glasses got to work. He was wonderful and relaxed the whole time. He is a skittish boy and I was so pleased at his demeanor and submission to the process. He was practically asleep. I disturbed his calm state of mind when I rolled him on the other side to work on the other side of his mouth! He was wonderful for side 2 of his mouth as well.
Next, I worked on Beauty my pit bull mix. She was laying on her dog bed in the living room. She was mildly resisting, and I wanted her to be as calm as Forrest had been. I realized that I should lead her to my room and get her on the bed. It worked like a charm. She was totally calmer and I was able to do it.
It's clear to me that the place they had their work done made the difference. These are my dogs and I don't see how I could use this lightbulb moment to my advantage with dogs I groom, but it worked really well and I wanted to share my success with you.
Also, the tooth de-scaler is a really nifty tool and picks the tartar right off. Of course I was very careful and these are my own dogs. Do any of you clean your dogs teeth or remove tartar?