Bathing your puppy is not like bathing your kid. A puppy should not be cleaned every day! Actually, it is recommended that you wash your German Shepherd puppy once in a month. Yep! Once in a month. Different factors come into play when it comes to how often you should wash your dog, but the ideal time is after 4 to six weeks. But if your dog goes outside and gets dirty, you don’t have to wait for a month to bathe it. If your dog stinks, wash him who want to stay with a smelling dog anyway?
How often you brush her fur sometimes affects how often you should bathe your dog. Brush your German Shepherd Dog a couple of times in a week because brushing is essential as it prevents bugs and dirt from getting trapped in her fur and also keep her coat at its best.
Tips For Grooming Your German Shepherd Dog
- Brush your German Shepherd Dog daily as brushing is a significant factor when it comes to lowering the shedding from your dog. German Shepherd Dogs are known when it comes to shedding. Making a step to prevent shedding will help you maintain the fur of your dog.
- If your German Shepherd Dog has a coat with lots of natural oil, then bathing your dog even four times in a month will not be a problem. You should be warned that over-bathing your dog will strip the natural oil and leave the skin dry. Don’t overdo it.
- The German Shepherd coat usually changes twice a year in the fall and in the spring. You can do most of the brushing and washing during this time.
- German Shepherd Dogs are active dogs, and they tend to have shorter nails. But as of everything the nails do grow, so it is vital to cut the nails at least once a year so that your dog can look neat. Make sure you are cautious enough when trimming the nails because they usually have black nails which are hard to see. Don’t cut the nails too short though.
- German Shepherd Dogs don’t have floppy ears, their ears are deep, and so they need a lot of cleaning and maintenance. Check her ears regularly to make sure there is no buildup of debris and wax. The accumulation of wax and debris can cause infection.
- Check your dog’s paws regularly to make sure that your dog is not hurting from salt from snow. Also, check periodically for bruises and scratches.
How to bathe a German Shepherd Dog?
You should have all the necessary tools before starting bathing your precious dog. These tools include:
- A sponge.
- At least three towels.
- A dog shampoo, don’t try to use human shampoo.
- A tub or container where you are going to bathe your puppy.
- A non-slip mat if you are using a tub.
Now follow 5 easy steps to bath your German Shepherd like a pro
- First, place your dog in the tub or the container and to get him wet with warm water.
- Make sure not to wet his head; the head should be the last thing you wash. This is because most dogs usually shake the water off their heads and you don’t want to start with the head, not unless you want to be soaked with water.
- Apply dog shampoo and begin lathering you German Shepherd Dog starting from her neck going all the way down. Use your fingers, but a sponge is preferred if you want to rub the shampoo in.
- Make sure to keep the shampoo out away from her ears and eyes. To be sure about it, use cotton balls in your dog’s ears.
- When you are done, dry your German Shepherd thoroughly with the towels. If it is cold you can use a hairdryer. Just make sure the dryer is not too hot.
That’s it. Now your dog is happy and clean.