The German Shepherd has what’s known as a “double-coat” which means having a very coarse undercoat next to the skin and the visible longer coat on top.
This typically doesn’t make grooming difficult other than requiring a bit more thorough brushing and regular bath, but here is our own grooming tips & tips plus we’ll even tell you an easy diet change that can give your pup a more shiny coat in our German Shepherd Grooming Guide!
10 minutes of brushing 3-4 times a week or more will reccomended. This will also vary depending on coat length and size. I personally recommend using what’s known as a “slicker brush” for general brushing and occasionally using a grooming comb to get more loose fur out. Both of these can be bought at most pet stores or online.
Shepherds don’t need baths as frequently as other dogs. Actually over-bathing can cause your pet’s coat to lose it’s natural oils and shine. Every 15-20 days should be sufficient. During flea & tick season you may want to give your dog more baths to keep the pests under control depending on what products you’re using to treat them. Be sure to check out our article on how to keep them under control. Read each products instructions for notes on bathing for more specific advice.
Never use a shampoo that isn’t specifically made for dogs. The main difference is the PH level which can be harmful if too high as in regular shampoo. As with any other product, try and buy a name brand shampoo for the highest quality.
The more your dog runs and plays on pavement or other hard surfaces the less care will have to be given to nails, though it is recommended that you check frequently (possibility during routine bushings) that they do not have any broken nails, in-grown nails, split nails or etc.
Specialized dog nail clippers can be found at most any pet supply store. Be sure to read any guide that comes with the clippers carefully to avoid hurting your dog which is easy to do since there are extremely small veins that run through the root of the nail that if cut, will cause severe pain and possible infection down the road. Cut small bits of nails at a time until desired or recommended length to avoid this.
Note: Having a real dog groomer take care of this is always the safest route if it’s in your budget.
Most animals have pretty good health on their own when it comes to teeth, but you should still check your pup’s teeth at least once every few months and have them professionally cleaned at least once a year. There are many products that are made specially to clean your dog’s teeth including toys, special treats and even toothpaste made specially for dogs. The health of their teeth can be measured the same way as human teeth. Yellowing, general discoloration and the most obvious of which has to be bad breath.
To get your dog acquainted with brushing:
1. begin by lightly touching around the muzzle to have the dog reveal their teeth. You’ve probably done this a lot by accident while playing or petting. Get your dog comfortable with doing this when you need.
2. Place some of the toothpaste on your finger and let them taste it and get acquainted to it. All dog toothpastes are edible so don’t worry about using too much. This is also why you should never use regular toothpaste while brushing your dog’s teeth).
3. Start brushing slowly and just a few teeth per session working your way to the back teeth. If your dog becomes aggravated with the action, stop. The next time try and brush for a bit longer. While brushing angle the brush toward the gum line for maximum plaque removal.
We hope these tips and tricks help you keep a happy and healthy companion for years to come. If you have any questions, concerns or additions to these tips you’re more than welcome to leave them in the form of a comment down below!