A lot of older dogs that I have known have had worn down teeth, especially the tips of their upper and lower canines. We all know how important dental care is for general health. If you’ve ever had a problem with a tooth, you likely know how sensitive teeth can be when the nerves are exposed!
I never really thought about why this might happen to dogs, until my friend Suzanne casually mentioned something one day. “Axel is obsessed with balls, so I only give him rubber ones. That way his teeth won’t wear down.” While I had heard of the dangers of tennis balls and dogs that like to chew — tennis balls can be ripped apart, and ingested, but not digested, yikes — but I had never thought about this aspect before.
Thank you Suzanne, for the clever and invaluable tip!
Emma Kesler, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a terrier behavior specialist who has been conducting live online sessions and behavior consultations for nearly a decade. Emma shares her life with her Welsh Terrier, Miles. When Miles was young he was deemed "impossible to train" by a veterinarian and several trainers, who recommended resorting to old punishment-based methods. The quest to figure out how to work terriers in new and different ways became Emma's passion. Miles is Emma's trusted copilot, has set many performance records for terriers, and best of all, helps Emma coach others on how to share absolutely wonderful lives with their terriers.
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