How often should I Bathe my German Shepherd


How Often Should I Bathe My German Shepherd: Being a double-coated healthy breed a full-grown German Shepherd generally needs 1 bath within 3-4 months and at least 3-4 bath in a year.

How often should I bathe my German Shepherd


German Shepherd is a double-coated healthy breed whose coat is naturally clean. “How Often Should I Bathe My German Shepherd”- this can be a very concerning issue to a new breeder. This article can be helpful to fulfill the curiosity of the new breeder over this concernning.

A full-grown German Shepherd generally need 1 bath within 3-4 months and at least 3-4 bath in a year. But if your GS is an outdoor dog and like to go outside very often or prone to rolling over dirt or mud or dirty water, frequent bath may need for him. But too much frequent can be harmful for him as it can wash away the natural body oil from the coat which can make many skin problems including dryness, redness etc. To avoid frequent bath, you can only wash away the dirty part of your GS’s body with warm water and cleaner.

For puppy GS, there is no need of any bath until 8 month age if not necessary. Because, in young age GS’s coat remains naturally clean. On the other side, old GS need a little bath occasionally. In this case, no bath is better like puppyhood unless any medical condition going on.

You can follow some tips step by step to bathe your German Shepherd-

Required elements for GS’s Bathing:
  • Soft grooming brush
  • Warm water
  • Cotton balls (optional)
  • Hose or shower attachment
  • Best quality dog shampoo or liquid soap
  • Soft cloth or sponge
  • Towel
  • Treat

Bathing Process of Your GS:

Place your GS in his bath place or bath-tub. Calm down him with gentle command to make him comfortable. Before taking bath, groom him with a soft grooming brush. Give him some treat. Now start your main action. At first, make him understand that he is going to take a bath through splashing a little water.

If he show disturbance, you should maintain him with soothing voice. You can use cotton ball in your dog’s ear to protect from water if necessary. Now, make him wet with warm water through a hose or shower attachment. You should wet the body first and head at last.

Use best quality dog shampoo or liquid soap to clean the coat very well. Massage the body to mix the cleaner with a soft cloth or sponge. You can also use your hand instead of cloth or sponge. Then, wash your GS properly with warm water using hose or shower attachment. Make sure that there remains no cleaner or odor in his body. At last, give him some special treat to show positive response.


  • Never use other shampoo or soap instead of dog shampoo.
  • Command your dog with a soothing voice.
  • Don’t show any roughness or frustration with him.
  • Be careful about the bad effect of over bathing.

Happy and healthy German Shepherd can make his breeder happy. So, keep your GS clean with a regular bath to get a happy company.

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