How Often Should a German Shepherd be Groomed?

Grooming a German ShepherdA German Shepherd makes a great pet and companion, and it’s one of the most popular dog breeds that people have as pets. It’s a great breed, and like all dogs, it’s important to take care of its grooming needs.

German Shepherds have a double coat of hair. They have a coat right next to their skin and then longer, coarser hair on the outside. This hair will mat fairly quickly and easily if not brushed with some regularity. Opinions vary from once, even twice a day to once a week. Monitor the dog and respond appropriately to his specific requirements.

Nowadays FURminators are available to help reduce much of the expected shedding, and it’s a great tool that just about every dog owner should own (you can get one specifically for this type of dog). For regular brushing, use something slick or wired.

It can sometimes be a difficult task to cut a dog’s nails, but it’s very important to keep the toenails to a safe level for the canine. Either have them cut professionally by a dog groomer or do it at home about once a month. Though it can be difficult to know where the quick is, there are several products that will advise the groomer on where it’s okay to cut on the nail.

To keep teeth healthy, brush daily with a toothpaste specially made for dogs. You can also have your dog’s teeth brushed by a dog groomer as well. Toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs can be found online or at a local pet store.

Finally, it is generally recommend that baths be limited to once or twice a year. A professional dog groomer can wash and shampoo your dog to ensure proper cleaning. Like most dogs, German Shepherds probably won’t be easy to bathe, so it might be a good idea to get yours done by a professional groomer.

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