Why Do Dogs Grind Their Teeth? The Secret To Happy Pups

Why Do Dogs Grind Their Teeth? The Secret To Happy Pups

If you own a dog, you know that they’re pretty stubborn creatures. Most of the time they’re just like us and they can’t seem to understand a simple instruction. However, once in a while they’ll get the message and use their big ol’ brain to figure out the right way to do something. But what about those other times? Well, it turns out a lot of dogs grind their teeth when they’re upset or nervous. That’s why I’m sharing with you a simple trick to help your dog relax and stop grinding their teeth when they’re nervous.

Why Do Some Dogs Grind Their Teeth?

Not all dogs grind their teeth. Some dogs just like to chew things, and if you give them something to chew on, they’ll happily work at it for awhile. You may also notice that your dog grinds their teeth when they’re barking or growling. Some dogs just like to show that they’re in charge, so they like to let you know that you’re in the doghouse and your choices are limited. Most dogs, however, really just like to chew on stuff. They just get a bit obsessive about the very specific kinds of things. They can’t help it. It’s like a malady. Why Your Dog Is Grinding Their Teeth Maybe your dog is gritting their teeth while chewing on their favorite stuffed animal, or maybe they’re chewing on their favorite toy. Whatever the case, when they’re chewing, they’re grinding their teeth.

Will Oral Pain Make Your Dog Grind Their Teeth?

Why is your dog grinding their teeth? Dogs that grind their teeth are getting agitated because their teeth are making contact with each other, like two teeth rubbing together. But grinding their teeth isn’t a cause for concern. Even though it hurts their mouth, their teeth are perfectly fine and their gums are not inflamed. What’s more, grinding their teeth actually helps them to be more calm. If your dog is nervous, they’ll feel calmer if they can’t move their mouth at all. How to Help your Dog Stop Grinding Their Teeth If you want to stop your dog from grinding their teeth, one of the easiest ways is to have them watch you eat. If they see you chewing, it’ll distract them from licking their own teeth and grind them together.

Will Malocclusion Make Your Dog Grind Their Teeth?

Before you start reading about this new “training” technique, you should be aware that if your dog has a malocclusion or crooked teeth, they might struggle with it even more. If your dog has crooked teeth, they might grind their teeth to try to make their mouth fit into that hard, foreign space. On the other hand, if your dog has malocclusion, they might not realize that the space they’re trying to fit into is bigger than it really is. The body might not want them to fit into this space either. So, what does all this mean? It means that you really need to check your dog’s mouth when he’s afraid. This should be done BEFORE he’s actually scared of something. Â And it should be done soon after the event to see if there’s still some muscle soreness.

Will Gastrointestinal Discomfort Make Your Dog Grind Their Teeth?

Let me tell you a little bit about a recent conversation I had with one of my clients. Her two beautiful dogs had been waking her up three times a night. She was exhausted, frustrated, and wanted to give them away. So I asked her, “What do you do to calm them down at night when they’re distressed?” Her answer? “I turn on the TV to help me fall asleep.” That’s it? I thought you could try out this simple trick and change your life forever. I’m not sure why it didn’t click with her before. Dogs can’t control their own minds, and just thinking about how to calm them down just made them more stressed. That’s why we have to teach them to relax. What Does Relaxation Look Like? I know this will sound crazy, but do you want your dog to relax?

Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?

No, it’s not harmful to your dog. And, in fact, it’s actually really common and I get emails from dogs all the time who say they grind their teeth when they’re stressed or worried. The simple solution to this problem is to do some more exercises with your dog on a daily basis. Try these calming signals with your dog every day when your dog is nervous or scared. Here are some ideas to help you do this. Leash Sway: Dogs love to walk on a leash and they get so excited when they’re playing. One of my favorite ways to do this is to literally sway your shoulders back and forth. I think this is awesome and super fun. It’s also a great way to get dogs to be in a good frame of mind and to calm them down.

What to Do When Dogs Grind Their Teeth

I don’t know about you, but if my dog starts chewing her teeth when she’s upset, I get pretty upset. So here are a few things you can do to help your dog: 1. Remind your dog that the reason they’re nervous is because they have to pee. So before you give them the command to stop chewing their teeth, you should tell your dog that the reason they’re chewing their teeth is because they need to go to the bathroom. This is a great trick for teaching your dog good potty habits. I was surprised to learn that dogs who chew their teeth are more likely to have painful dental problems. 2. Tell your dog that you understand why they’re nervous, but they don’t have to be nervous. Remind your dog that the reason they’re nervous is because they have to go to the bathroom.

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