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Hello Everyone, Welcome to K9 SuperHeroes, my name is David, and today we are going to look at How To Go About Grooming a German Shepherd
German Shepherds take quite a bit of care and their coat is no exception.
On our part as owners, we need to make sure we have the right knowledge and right tools.
So let’s take a look.
To begin, if you have a puppy, start off with gentle brushing to get them used to the procedure. It may be a good game for them at first, but it can be a bonding opportunity for both of you as well.
Brush at least 3–4 times a week generally, or more often if you have a long-haired breed as they’re more prone to matting. Set time aside for this and try to keep to a regular routine.
Before the start of grooming, place an old sheet on the floor and get your dog to stand on it. This helps a lot with the clear-up afterward.
There’s a variety of grooming tools available to choose from. Owners will have their own preference for what make or type they prefer.
In general, short-haired shepherds use a bristle brush and for long hair use a pin brush.
You can also use an undercoat rake which is a metal comb designed to remove matting and loose hairs. Rakes are better than regular brushes and they can help to reduce the amount of shedding really well.
Follow this with a steel grooming comb to deal with tangles in areas such as the neck and rear end. For difficult areas of matting use a de- shedder comb and detangle sprays to help remove them.
Slicker brushes and furminators are also popular or you can try a dog vacuum cleaner if you want to make your life a ton easier.
Depending on the length and condition of the coat, grooming should take a few minutes and upwards of 15 at times. Remember to follow the growth of the coat while not brushing or combing against it.
Start to brush from the rear moving up the body to clear loose hairs and debris followed by the rake or comb to tackle the undercoat. Be careful when using a rake, as it can scrape the skin if you go in too hard.
Grooming helps in a number of ways. It’s important to remove mats as they can give rise to skin problems such as hotspots.
They also act as very nice hangouts for fleas, lice, and ticks. If a GSD isn’t groomed regularly, mats will form often in their coats.
Problems of the skin can be noted at an earlier stage, things that may cause a greater problem down the line, including lumps and tumors.
Be aware of your dog showing signs of discomfort when you touch a particular spot this may indicate an existing problem or the onset of something new.
Shaving your GSD is not recommended and doing this will ultimately ruin their coat. This is because it damages the function to regulate temperature and protection.
Double coats also take far longer to grow back compared to single ones.
Areas that may need trimming occasionally as part of the grooming process include the feet, around the eyes, under the chin/ jaw, and around the rear end.
Your dog’s foot hair if left un-trimmed can trap dirt and debris, so after bathing it’s a good time to tidy around this area. Brush up any long hairs on the top of the foot and trim with blunt-ended scissors, avoiding any trimming between the toes.
Groom a German Shepherd – The Tools
Here are some suggestions of tools and products that you can use while grooming your dog. When deciding to purchase take into account your dog’s coat type and suitability for the products.
German Shepherd Grooming Essential Kit /w links to Amazon for the products.
- Bristle brush
- Coat Rake
- Steel Grooming comb
- De-Shedder Comb
- Grooming Gloves
- Old Sheet
- Dremmel(For grinding dog nails instead of cutting)
- High-Velocity Dog Hair Dryer
- Ear Cleaning Solution
- Dog Toothbrush / Paste
If you can get coat grooming right, your dog is going to look the part. But make sure you are doing it right, as it has benefits outside of just looking good.
If you want to know how to deal with your German Shepherds Grooming in more detail, check out the article on 7 Simple Steps for German Shepherd Grooming.
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