German Shepherds are smart and friendly dogs that make good pets. German Shepherds were originally bred to herd sheep and cows. They are easily trained because they're loyal and like to serve their masters. To establish yourself as your German Shepherd's master, you should groom them often. Here are some grooming tasks that you can do for your German Shepherd to establish a good bond with them:  

Bathe Your German Shepherd:  Do not bathe your German Shepherd too frequently as it can deplete needed oil from their coats and make their skin dry. Only bathe your German Shepherd every four to five months or if they have mud or debris stuck to their coat. In between baths, you can comb and brush your dog to keep them clean. 

Comb and Brush Your German Shepherd: Use a wire comb to begin combing your German shepherd's coat. Start at the top of their back and brush down towards their sides and legs. Next, comb your German Shepherd's neck and chest and their tail. Do the exact same procedure with a softer dog brush which will take out some of your German Shepherd's undercoat. You can comb and brush your German Shepherd's coat two to three times a week. 

Trim Your German Shepherd's Nails:  If your German Shepherd is active, they many not need their nails trimmed at all. If your German Shepherd is not very active, you can trim their nails when they start to get long and curl under their paw. Use a canine dog nail clipper and only cut a small amount of your dog's nail and continue until you see a bit of the nail quick inside of their nail. As soon as you see the quick, stop cutting. The more frequently you trim your German Shepherd's nails, the less nail quick will grow to the end of their nails. After clipping their nails, file each nail smooth with a nail file. 

Brush Your German Shepherd's Teeth:  Brush your German Shepherd's teeth once a week to loosen any tartar that may accumulate. Only use a soft canine toothbrush and canine toothpaste. You can use a soft canine finger brush on hard to reach teeth in your German Shepherd's mouth and on their gums to stimulate them. Tilt your canine finger brush and toothbrush upward toward your dog's gums to eliminate any food that may be stuck there. Every six months to a year, take your German Shepherd to a veterinarian for a professional tooth cleaning and examination. 

When you groom your German Shepherd, continually talk to them and reassure them that you are pleased with them. This will relax your German Shepherd and allow you to continue to groom them. With conscientious grooming and lots of play time and companionship, you will have a wonderful German Shepherd pet. For more advice, talk to professionals like those at Misty Rivers Kennel.