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How To Groom A German Shepherd

Jul 22, 2008
It is essential to have regular grooming when caring for your German Shepherd even if you don't do a lot of bathing. Your German Shepherd will have a shiny coat and will have a lower chance of contracting skin problems if you maintain proper grooming procedures. For eight to twelve weeks you should do moderate grooming and then maintain it every night. When it comes to grooming your German Shepherd it is best to comb at least twice a week in order to manage the double coat that is common with the German Shepherd breed.

German Shepherd's shed all year long, but this gets worse during the shedding season so you may want to use a shedding blade. However, since you need to have proper training before using a shedding blade you may choose to use another tool. To help take out the mats in the undercoat around the neck, chest and thigh areas you should consider a metal rake. Using a modern high velocity dryer to remove excess water after bathing is better than the hand fluff method. When brushing always remember to go in the direction of hair growth.

It may also be a good idea to give a haircut when grooming your German Shepherd. To remove the long hairs under the feet and any stray hairs around the feet you can simply use a pair of quality scissors. Rather, brush in the opposite direction of growth and then do a light brushing in the direction of hair growth if you want a fluffier or fuller looking coat.

An alternative to the haircut is to use thinning shears to give the dog an overall neater appearance. Selective thinning is a good way to make your German Shepherd look heavier boned. Grooming isn't just limited to the coat because you also need to focus on the toenails, ears and teeth. While brushing be sure to check the nails and trim them regularly as needed in order to avoid split or broken nails that will occur when they are left unattended and grow too long.

Grooming your German Shepherd reduces the chance of matting and tangles since you are evenly distributing the oils in the fur. It will also help to keep a neat appearance since you are getting rid of dead skin cells and loose hair that can clog the coat.

To make sure you cover all parts of the dog's coat you should use a combination of brushes and brush heads.

For the German Shepherd it is best that you select the right shampoo as well, since they can be easily affected by wheat and may have other allergies as well. Oatmeal shampoo is one option but it can cause material to build up faster, which means you will have to bathe the dog more often.

If you don't have to worry about fleas then an excellent option is to use aloe shampoo. By using the proper grooming techniques you can ensure that your German Shepherd looks well-groomed all the time.
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About the author: Jan Ryan is an avid lover of the German Shepherd and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved German Shepherd. Among other topics there, you will find out more about German Shepherd coats plus a whole lot more.
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