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At the mere sight of her toothbrush, my Lulu delivers an Oscar-worthy performance. First, she stares forlornly at the object of her loathing. Then Lulu manages a deep, mournful sigh before trudging forward to suffer a fate that’s (almost) as bad as bath time. Call me a sucker. I typically put this little whine and dance off as long as possible. Perhaps that’s why Orapup dog brush intrigued me.
The paddle-shaped dog breath brush features soft, flexible bristles designed to remove bacteria that accumulates on the tongue, turning dog breath into a distant memory. Flavored gels (“Lickies”) are supposed to keep dogs enticed long enough for a thorough cleaning and enzymes keep the bad bacteria under control. My Lulu enjoys licking anything and anybody, so I decided to give Orapup a try. By the time an Orabrush rep asked me to consider a product review, I already had ordered a kit though Amazon.*
Does the Orapup really fight bad breath? Check out our Orapup product review to find out.
Traveling with my dog Lulu (above) is an exercise in patience. Things start out innocently enough. When I grab the keys, she launches into her happy dance, dashing to the front door and wagging her whole body. She even leaps into the back seat of the car, eagerly waiting for me to lower her window just a bit so that she can sniff the breeze.
From there, things go downhill — fast.
Within a few blocks of our subdivision, Lulu becomes a whimpering, whining ball of nerves. She pants, she paces and occasionally, she even poops. I’ve tried soothing classical music, fast-paced walks around our neighborhood and even a spritz of dog-appeasing pheromones on her bandanna. Nothing seems to calm her nerves, so I limit our car rides, crank up the stereo and keep a bottle of Febreze stashed under my seat. Desperate for any solution to make our car rides more tolerable, I was mesmerized by before-and-after clips of anxious dogs that seemed to calm down immediately after owners put a garment called the Thundershirt on their dogs.
These snug-fitting shirts target various pressure points, creating a sensation similar to swaddling a baby. Veterinarians and dog trainers frequently recommend this drug-free option for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, fear of loud noises (thus the name “Thundershirt”) and travel anxiety. But would it work for my anxious pit bull? When the company called and offered samples for testing, I was ready to give the Thundershirt a try — and I enlisted a few other MNN pets to join me. Check out our results. [Read more…] about Product Review: Does the Thundershirt Really Work?
"I'm no pet expert. Life with Lulu made me an advocate for pit bulls as well as responsible pet ownership. Now, my mission is to make every dog's house a forever home. As a journalist, I connected with veterinarians, trainers, dog walkers and other experts to offer you the best advice available. If your dog has behavior issues and you don't know where to turn -- or you just got a dog and want to get things right -- this is a judgement-free place to get started."
Morieka & LOUIE B., HER FAMILY'S NEW ADDITION