Grooming Tips For Your Black German Shepherd
Grooming is very important for a German Shepherd Dog (GSD) because it is a large dog with double coat of fur. The undercoat is thick and needed for insulation and waterproofing, whereas the overcoat is medium length and looks good on the dog. Grooming is especially needed for your black German Shepherd because its thick coat could start shedding all around your house if you are not careful, with pretty disastrous results for the upkeep of your home. Further, you also need to take care of its teeth, ears, nails etc for good health of the dog. In short, the health of the dog depends on proper grooming.
The primary care needed by your dog is that it needs to be brushed regularly so that you can remove any dead hairs from its coat. This also makes them look good because it brings out the lustrous hair and makes them shine and look polished. The dog sheds throughout the year, and needs to be brushed about two to four times a week all throughout the year too. If you do not brush them regularly, you will find that they shed hair all the time, and you will end up finding fur balls all around the house in stuck inside your vacuum cleaner too.
In contrast to regular brushing required by the black German Shepherds, they do not need constant of regular bathing. You only need to bathe them about once a month. If you bathe them too often, their skin will become flaky, irritated and dry. You can bathe them after exercise sessions, or on other times about once a month and that will be enough. It should be noted that due to its thick double coat, the German Shepherd Dog will not dry very easily. To dry their coat, you will need to first use a towel to wipe off water from their outer coat, and then use a hair dryer. The hair dryer should be set at medium intensity, and should be held about 12 inches from their body for best results. If the dog has fleas, you should bathe it using an anti flea spray or shampoo. In any case, harsh shampoos and spray’s should not be used on this dog because they may prove harmful to it.
The teeth of a German Shepherd Dog need to checked for problems with plaque and tartar. These problems develop due to the food they eat and need to be fixed before they are too severe. The teeth also need to be cleaned with a brush, at least a few times a month. The toothbrush should be used with a toothpaste; the toothbrush should have soft bristles, and you should not be too harsh with its use on the teeth and gums.
A black German Shepherds toenails need to be clipped regularly otherwise they may injure you or themselves with them. The toenails should be checked at least once a week, and if they are overgrown, they should be clipped. The German shepherd is very sensitive about its nails, so they need to be trained from birth to allow you to handle and clip its paws.