Tug N Brush is a chew toy for dogs that has also been designed to clean a dog's teeth. Each of these cylinder-shaped rubber toys with its short rope and knotted handle at each end actually contains a couple of toothbrushes within it. Once you've added the included toothpaste to the brushes, it's claimed that if you tug the toy back and forth while it's sitting horizontally in a dog's mouth, the brushes will clean their teeth.
The cost of Tug N Brush is $19.95 plus $4.95 shipping, for a total price of $24.90.
Before you offer this toy to your dog, you'll need to add the included enzymatic toothpaste to its built-in brushes. To do so, simply squirt some toothpaste from the tube onto the top of each brush. Apply about the same amount of toothpaste (or perhaps just a little bit more) that you'd apply to a human toothbrush to each one.
While hanging onto each of your toy's ropes with one hand and keeping the toy horizontal, offer the toy to your dog and let it bite down in the middle in order to grab it. It may be impossible if your dog gets too excited, but you should try to keep the toothbrushes you've applied toothpaste to facing straight up as this occurs.
Once your dog has a good hold on this toy, tug the ropes back and forth (horizontally) in order to "brush" the dog's teeth. The dog will be having so much fun playing that they likely won't notice there's a grooming task going on. Typically, the toy's brushes will be able to clean a dog's teeth in about a couple of minutes, but there's no harm in the dog playing longer than that.
Depending on your dog's attention span, they may get bored and drop their toy by themselves after a certain number of minutes. If they don't, though, you'll need to either get them to surrender it to you or gently tug it out of their mouth. After that, rinse it with cold water and leave it to air-dry until its next use. If you don't want to touch any slobbery parts as you clean it, just keep hanging onto the handles of the ropes.
When you decide to get your hands on one of these dog toys, you'll be able to get one (or more) in pink, light green, turquoise or orange. If your dog tends to respond more positively to one of these colors over the others, it's probably best to select that shade. Otherwise, you may want to pick a shade that you prefer. If you've got multiple dogs, getting them toys in different shades may also be beneficial, as you'll be able to tell whose is whose quickly.
With every Tug N Brush toy, you'll get a bottle of enzymatic toothpaste that's been created especially for dogs. As you "brush" your dog's teeth with one of these toys, the health-promoting enzymes from the toothpaste will be released not only onto the dog's teeth but also into the entire mouth. Once released, they'll help kill the bacteria that will often sit in a dog's mouth and cause them to develop bad breath or even gum disease.
Like a human's toothbrush or an ordinary chew toy, this chew toy for dogs is reusable, and it should last through hundreds of uses. The material used to create each one is durable, so even if your dog is aggressive about chewing, it's unlikely that they'll break their toy before they've used it a couple of hundred times.
Aside from coming in four bright, distinctive colors, the Tug N Brush is available in two different sizes: small and large. Logically, if you've got a smaller dog, the former choice is probably best, while the latter size will probably suit a larger dog well. If you've got a medium-sized dog, you may want to take the size of their mouth into account when choosing a size.
The Tug N Brush toy is suitable for dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages. If you've got more than one dog of a similar size, they may be more than happy to share. There's a chance that other furry animals may benefit from chewing on one of these toys, too, although some smaller animals may find even the smallest size too big for their mouths. Keep in mind that if you offer this type of toy to another animal, you shouldn't use the included toothpaste, since it's made specifically for dogs.
Some pet-grooming tools require batteries or even electricity for use, but this particular toy doesn't require either of those sources of energy. It'll be powered completely by your hands and the gripping power of your dog's mouth. That means you'll be able to use the toy virtually anywhere, as long as you and your dog are awake, healthy and prepared to play.
Many dogs hate getting their teeth brushed with an ordinary toothbrush, and many dog owners hate chasing their dog with the brush and trying to get it into their mouth. Fortunately, using this particular chew toy for teeth-cleaning purposes should be much more fun for both parties involved, especially since the dog may just think they're playing. Kids may especially enjoy learning to brush the family dog's teeth while playing with them at the same time.
After you've started using your Tug N Brush on a regular basis, the included tube of enzymatic toothpaste will eventually run out, especially since it's about the size of a sunscreen tube. It could be difficult to find the same type of toothpaste quickly, and you shouldn't use human toothpaste in a pet's mouth, as certain ingredients may only be safe for humans. Without toothpaste on hand, you could just add water to this type of toy's brushes, but the cleaning job wouldn't be as effective.
If you normally take your dog to a veterinarian's office to get their teeth cleaned, since it's too much of a hassle to do it yourself, this toy may enable you to skip that expense. Once you've got a Tug N Brush, your dog may willingly (and unknowingly) come right over for a teeth-cleaning, without getting angry or upset. If this results in fewer trips to the vet, you'll be able to put a little bit less gas in your car each month (or pay for fewer taxi rides), too.
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