Grooming a German Shepherd Dog just needs time, care & patience. The level of grooming & time spent on grooming will depend on the breed & size of the dog. We have compiled a complete guide for the grooming tips for German Shephard for further details, check out other guides available here.
These charts provide an overview of the grooming requirements of a German Shepherd Dog puppy or dog:
- German Shepherd Dog Length of Coat: The length of coat on a German Shepherd Dog is medium and will therefore require high amounts of grooming
- Type of Coat: The type of coat for this breed is generally described as harsh & dense
- Time: Grooming a German Shepherd Dog will require 15 to 30 minutes
- Frequency of Grooming: This breed should be groomed daily
Brushing Hair and Coat:
Most dog’s hair and coats need some attention. The German Shepherd Dog grooming instruction for caring for your dog’s hair or coat is as follows:
- The German shepherd has a medium length, double coat. The outer coat is dense, straight and harsh. This breed sheds all year and sheds heavily seasonally. Dogs and puppies should be groomed daily. Begin at the head of the dog and follow the hair growth.
- A metal comb should help to remove any dead or loose hairs
- Go over the coat with a rubber curry brush which also massages the dog and helps to add a shine and healthy appearance to its coat
- A shedding rake will help to remove loose hairs from the undercoat during shedding
Bathing your Dog
Bathing your dog is very important for its health and hygiene. During bathing check your dog for lumps, bumps, parasites, fleas and skin irritations or allergies. German Shepherd Dog Bathing instruction is as follows:
- Wash your dog or puppy when they are dirty or smell!
- Gather bathing equipment and place bathing tools and shampoo near to bathing area
- Place a mat and towel next to bath
- Check the water temperature of the bath – ensure that a minimal amount of water is used
- Gradually place the dog in the bath – be aware that this may frighten your pet
- Gently shampoo your pet – be careful of delicate areas such as eyes and ears
- Rinse shampoo and towel dry. Then brush the hair
Some dogs do not need their nails trimmed as they are kept short by general activities. However, should your dog’s nails become long then they should be trimmed. It is important to know exactly what you are doing, as cutting too deep into your German Shepherd Dog dog’s nails can cause damage and pain. Written instruction is not enough as the risk of hurting your German Shepherd Dog is too high.
- Your vet can help initially by demonstrating how to trim your dog’s nails and supervise your first attempt
- Spend some time touching your dog’s paws and gently squeezing the area around the nails in order to familiarize them with this sensation
- Seek advice from your vet about the most appropriate nail clippers for your pet