How Often Should I Bathe My German Shepherd?
I should bathe my German Shepherd about every three or four months if not longer? Why? The German Shepherd has a long, luxurious coat with a fluffy undercoat. If I bathe my dog too often I will strip him of the natural oils that protect his skin and keep him healthy. I might need to bathe my German Shepherd more frequently during the high shedding seasons of fall and summer, German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, https://www.gsrnc.org/images/Care_and_grooming.pdf. The only reason I would bathe my dog more frequently is if he or she managed to dirty and needed to be bathed sooner or he or she has a medical condition which requires daily bathing.
An exception to this rule is when there is a high rate of fleas or ticks in the area. I will need to bathe my German Shepherd at least once a month with a high-quality flea and tick shampoo.
What Happens if I Bathe My German Shepherd Too Much?
German Shepherds can suffer from a dull coat and dry, flaky skin if they are bathed too often. German Shepherds have natural oils that need to be retained to keep the coat looking shiny and healthy. Also, many German Shepherds are prone to allergies and using certain shampoos can make these allergies worse as well as cause itching and scratching because of the dry skin, K-9 Dryers, https://k-9dryers.com/blogs/k9-dryer/how-often-should-i-bathe-my-german-shepherd-1
How Often Should I Brush My German Shepherd?
German Shepherds have double-coats and have a lot of fur. I will need to be prepared to spend significant time grooming my German Shepherd two to three times a week if not on a daily basis to help loosen the dead, fluffy undercoat. I will need specific grooming tools in order to help efficiently groom my German Shepherd. I should have a brush to untangle any mats, an undercoat rake, and a de-shedder comb. The best way to groom my German Shepherd is to use a rake or de-shedding tool and then go over the coat with a regular brush, The Dog People, https://www.rover.com/blog/german-shepherd-grooming/.
What Happens if I Bathe My Dog Too Much?
If I bathe my dog too much, can it be harmful? Yes, it can be harmful to my dog. One reason is that overbathing strips my dogâ€™s fur of its natural oils. My dog can begin to suffer from allergies and flaky skin. I should also avoid bathing my dog too much because he or she tends to self-groom and if I bathe too much, I can encourage the growth of bacteria by damaging the follicles of my dogâ€™s fur, Pet MD, https://www.petmd.com/dog/grooming/how-often-should-you-bathe-your-dog
Does My German Shepherd Shed Less in Winter?
My German Shepherd will still need to be brushed, but he or she will not shed as much as fall or summer because his or her winter coat will be thicker for protection from the cold. The undercoat of my German Shepherd will be thick and will allow him or her to be safe and comfortable in fairly biting temperatures.
How Often Should I Bathe My Dog in the Summer?
Unless my dog manages to get very dirty and smelly, I will only need to bathe him or her once or twice in the summer. Before I bathe him or her, I will need to do a thorough brushing session as German Shepherds tend to â€œblow outâ€ during the summer months and loose their winter coat. I can then bathe my dog gently with dog safe shampoo and conditioner. I can make my dogâ€™s coat shinier by using the brush out method by either letting the dog naturally dry or carefully using a hair dryer.
One of the methods I can use to groom my dog is the bathe and blow method, German Shepherd Corner, https://germanshepherdcorner.com/how-to-groom-a-german-shepherd-for-summer/. With this method, I will bathe and rinse my dog normally, next I will use a high velocity hair dryer for dogs. I will use the dryer to work from back to front to lift up the fur in the undercoat. I should go slowly and may need to sit down to reach the fur underneath my dogâ€™s stomach.
Should I Shave My German Shepherd?
The short answer is no, I do not need to shave my German Shepherd. Why shouldnâ€™t I shave my German Shepherd? First of all, shaving is only meant to help dogs with single coats, not double-coated, German Shepherd Corner, https://germanshepherdcorner.com/how-to-groom-a-german-shepherd-for-summer/. Shaving my German Shepherd runs the risk of their fur not growing back, growing back incorrectly, or growing back thin. Shaving also poses the problem of cutting off the fur that serves to insulate my dog against the heat and to block UV rays. Because of double-coat of the German Shepherd, the overcoat can grow back faster than the undercoat causing irritation and allergies in the German Shepherd.
What Tool Kit Should I Have for Grooming My Dog?
I should purchase several grooming tools to help keep my German Shepherd looking well-cared for and healthy. First, I can purchase a regular grooming brush. I should first brush my dog all over his or her coat with this brush to remove any loose fur. If I encounter a tangle, I need to either loosen it by hand or wait to use a tool especially made for this. I need a rake made to get up the undercoat. After using the basic brush, going front to back, I can use the rake to get up the fluffy undercoat. I will need to do this several times to be sure that all the loose undercoat is removed. I should have a de-matting comb to help remove any tangles. So the basic tool kit for a German Shepherd is as follows:
Â· Basic brush
Â· Undercoat rake
Â· De-matting comb
These are optional tools I can use for my dog:
Â· Dog safe hair dryer
Â· Double-sided pin and slicker brush
What Else Should I Do to Groom My German Shepherd?
Even though the coat is one of the most obvious things I need to do to keep my German Shepherd groomed, I will also need to be sure I brush my dogâ€™s teeth either once a day or every other day. This will remove plague and tartar and help keep my dog from getting periodontal disease.
I need to be sure to trim my dogâ€™s toenails. I can use clippers to snip the very edge. This will keep my dog from breaking his or her toenails and getting them caught on fabric.