Grooming a German
Shepherd Dog is not only for cosmetic reasons, but to
ensure that your dogs coat remains in 'tip top' condition. If
you have a 'long haired'
or you intend to 'show' your dog at Dog Shows - then you will
need to be prepared to spend a lot more time grooming your
German Shepherd Dog.
Shepherd's coat will change twice a year - this is called 'moulting'
and occurs in Spring and the Fall, and lasts about 4-6 weeks.
Moulting is a loss of hair and changes to your dogs coat, the
new coat takes about 3 months to grow. Whilst this is happening - you
need to groom him
daily by regular brushing.
Many people don't realize that your German
Shepherd Dog has in fact, an outer coat and as the name
implies - an inner coat as well - the inner coat as I have
said, changes twice a year and your German
Shepherd will need grooming at these seasonal times in
order for the new coat to come through.
Some people ask "my
German Shepherd Dog seems to moult all the year round - Is this normal"?
The outer coat does seem to moult all year around, and does
require regular dog grooming to keep it looking good and to allow the
new inner coat to come through. If you groom
Shepherd on a weekly basis, this does not become an
arduous task. But if you neglect it, then it does become a 'major' task and will take longer.
is by brushing from the head to the tail
following the hairline, and using a wide-toothed comb to break up the
matted hair, then what is commonly known as 'back
and removing all the dead hairs which are being, or have been, replaced
by the new growing coat. Comb under your dogs chin and tail, and also
gently behind the ears.
I find that a dog
brush of the wire variety to
be best to remove most of the body hair,
You should check
your dogs teeth and gums regularly, especially if he has bad breath -
this is when food gets trapped between his teeth and if left unchecked
could lead to plaque and teeth problems such as decay.
you must use it gently,
and a soft brush for
under his chin and behind his ears.
Don't try to do it
all in one go, rather like removing layers
is better.Your dog will soon tell you if you are
pressing the wire brush too hard! Remember,
do it gently in a short sweeping fashion,
and talk to him to reassure him that everything is OK.
You will be amazed at how much dead hair comes off your dog, and when
he's seriously moulting, it can come out in chunks. But
the dead hair
be removed so that the new growing coat can come through.
you have a long haired German
be like shearing a sheep -
so much dead hair comes out.
German Shepherd Dog
should be done on a regular basis, at least once a week in order to
keep your dogs coat in a good, healthy condition, and allow for the new
coat to grow through - and as a proud owner of a German
Shepherd - you
want him to look at his best -don't you?
as you are brushing your German Shepherd, run your hands through the
fur on his back and sides (down
to the skin) to check for any plant or
flowers debris that needs to be removed and check also to make certain
that there are no indications of flea droppings. When you are at his
rear end, lift his tail up and make sure there are no rice-like looking
debris around his anus - if there were this would indicate a tapeworm
problem that would need to be dealt with by your veterinarian straight
Use a 'slicker
brush' to remove any hair tangles and to prevent your dog's coat
matting, and a 'bristle brush' which is a 'corser brush' to
remove debris and anything else. Then comb your dog to remove any other
straggly bits, especially the tail.
If you see any
sign of skin flaking, rashes or scabs on your dog's skin - then this
could be a due to a skin allergy, or a fungal infection which will lead
to your dog scratching and itching which will make him very
Shepherd Dog Health for
keeping your German Shepherd fit and in good health should always be
your main concern.
your dogs Nails
feet should be checked to make sure that his nails are not too long,
they do grow very quickly and if your Shepherd is housebound, then they
will need to be trimmed regularly (approx 8-10 weeks). If
this is not done it will cause discomfort to your dog and will hinder
If your dog goes
outside for regular walks on soft and hard ground,
will not be a
problem because they will be worn down naturally (especially
if he likes digging!) and when he is out running. His
nails can then be checked by your vet on his annual check-up and
clipped back if necessary.
always prefer to let the vet clip his nails as I
feel more harm and
distress can be caused to your dog by not having the right nail
clippers, and not having sufficient knowledge and experience to carry
this out properly.
The best way of dealing with this is to buy dental chews that clean
your dogs teeth as he chews. A much cheaper option than
leaving it to get worse which may result in expensive dental treatment
at the vets. and your dog will enjoy chewing
times a year, (or
more frequently if your dog is prone to jump into really
muddy or contaminated water), it will
be necessary to bathe your dog. But don't bathe him too
he will lose his natural oils that keep his coat healthy and in good
Make sure you use proper dog shampoo (not
ordinary human shampoo)
specially formulated for dog hair - don't get
shampoo into your dogs face, especially into his eyes or his mouth,
a sponge to clean underneath him - under his tail (as this is where
bacteria and fungi is often likely to be and could spread if left
unchecked) and check his ears and use a moist cotton wool ball to clean
inside if necessary.
best to wear old clothes and do it outside preferably
believe me you will get wet!
think it's a great game, and when you've got the hosepipe going - they
tend to look very bedraggled - and then they shake the water
off and if you happen to be nearby - watch
you have young children watching this procedure - it can be great fun
with your kids shrieking and squealing when they get wet too!
Naturally, your German
thinks this is very amusing as well, and runs
around to make sure everyone joins in the fun!
the way - make sure all the doors to the house are kept shut whilst all
this is going
- you don't want a very wet
German Shepherd Dog charging back into the house before
you've dried him off do you?
course - there will be those that would rather take all this seriously,
and use the
bathroom and the shower hose to bathe their dog - much
- but not so much fun!
Mind you, this is a good idea if your German Shepherd
a good wash and may be the weather is too cold outside, but
to dry him off as soon as you can.
your German Shepherd
Dog should be a regular weekly job and giving him a weekly
check is important to keep him in good condition.
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