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German Shepherd Grooming Tips
German Shepherd grooming is divided into two parts.
- Maintenance of your pet at home
- Occasional professional German Shepherd grooming.
The more you can do at home yourself the better in the long run.
The biggest part of German Shepherd grooming is deshedding. German Shepherds are double coated dogs that require regular brushing or you will have to deal with a lot of shedding. Here are the areas to pay attention to when doing German Shepherd grooming.
Eyes, Ears, and Nose
Eyes can be wiped with a damp cloth once a week or more. This helps prevent debris and bacteria from affecting the eyes. Ear wax and dirt can build up in the ears and cause infection or sensitivity to the area. You can take a cotton ball with ear cleaner on it and wipe inside the ear flap once a week. This will keep your dogs ears free and clean of gunk. If your dog is an outdoor dog it may experience some dry, crusted areas on it's nose from exposure. You can watch for dryness and treat with a triple antibiotic in the evening times to help aid moisture retention and healing.
Pads and Nails
Hair grows on the bottoms of German Shepherds feet, between the pads. This causes your dog to slip and slide on uncarpeted floors. Trimming the hair on the pads of the feet can be done once a month to allow for sure gripping of the pads on slippery surfaces.
Nail trimming should be done every 4-6 weeks depending on how quickly your dogs nails grow. Overgrown nails can push back on the knuckles and cause long term damage or deformation of the feet and toes. Sometimes it takes two people to trim nails on a German Shepherd. Some pet owners leave it to the dog groomer or vet to trim their dogs nails. Either way it's a step that shouldn't be ignored.
Brushing can be done daily or every other day. That may sound like alot but you get to pick your battle. You can spend 15 minutes a day brushing your dog or you can spend 15 minutes vacuuming the shedding hair up daily. German Shepherd grooming includes understanding that your dogs coat will change twice a year. During these times you may experience more shedding than normal and professional German Shepherd grooming would be suggested at these times of year.
Professional Bathing and Brushing
The difference between bathing and brushing at home as opposed to professional grooming is that pro groomers use a high velocity blow dryer that forces the loose, dead hair away from the dog. They would also brush them after doing so giving a double whammy of shed free maintenance.
Bathing can be done more frequently and occasionally at home if you want to do the brushing yourself rather than paying for it.
Your groomer can be your best resource when asking questions related to your dogs breed. German Shepherd grooming usually includes bathing, drying, brushing, ear cleaning, and pads/nail trimming. Specialty add ons might include conditioner or a deshedding solution to help loosen dead hair.
Make sure you are keeping up on your German Shepherd grooming on a regular basis.