There’s several simple and easy things you can be doing to clean and control fur in the house.
And the same can be said for minimising bad smelling odors.
We’ve shared these cleaning and freshening tips with you in the guide below.
Let’s check them out!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
How To Keep A Clean & Nice Smelling House With A German Shepherd
Tips for keeping your house clean and smelling fresh when you own a German Shepherd are…
1. Brush Your German Shepherd Regularly
You can’t stop your German Shepherd from shedding altogether, but what you can do is have a good coat grooming routine to remove loose hairs.
This is essentially a prevention technique for preventing as many hairs being dropped in the fair place.
You can (in this order):
- use a de-matting tool to remove knots and matts from your dog’s coat. A popular de-matting tool is the Safari Dematting Comb (on Amazon)
- use a deshedding tool to remove loose hairs from both the undercoat and top coat of your dog (can reduce the effects of shedding by up to 90% in some cases). A popular deshedding tool is the Furminator Desheding Tool (on Amazon)
- use a dog comb, pin and bristle brush, or slicker brush to remove any remaining loose hairs and get the coat looking plush and nice. An eco friendly pin and bristle brush is the AtEase Accents Bamboo Pin & Bristle Dog Brush (on Amazon)
This simple routine for 5 minutes a day can do absolute wonders for minimise the amount of hair dropped inside your house and car (+ on you!).
Make sure to do it outside.
You can read more about the best dog brushes and grooming tools in this guide.
2. Have A German Shepherd Hair Cleaning Tool Like A Vacuum, Or Lint Roller/Pet Hair Remover
Dog vacuums will help you pick up and clean dog hair from the house and your car.
Dog vacuums come in smaller handheld models for smaller areas, and larger high powered/high suction models for larger areas and more stubborn hair.
A good dog vacuum can be a life saver for really heavy shedders and those who aren’t currently brushing their dog and removing loose hairs.
A popular small handheld pet hair vacuum for smaller areas is the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1 (on Amazon).
Probably the best upright, powerful/high suction and versatile pet hair vacuum that can also be used for everyday vacuuming is the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet Upright Vacuum, Bordeaux (NV752) (on Amazon).
The Shark vacuum can be used for large areas and stubborn pet hair.
You can read more about each of those two dog hair vacuums in this guide – including their pros, cons and features.
Some people prefer a lighter and manual option for pet hair cleaning and picking up, and that’s where you can use a dog hair lint roller or handheld pet hair remover.
These pet hair cleaning and removal tools are great around the house or for your own clothes.
Two of the more popular Lint Rollers and Pet Hair Removers are:
ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover (on Amazon)
Scotch-Brite Lint Roller (on Amazon)
3. Wash Your German Shepherd & Shampoo Them As Required
Washing your German Shepherd once every couple of months or as often as your vet tells you is a good way to ensure your GSD stays smelling fresh.
You can use a natural dog shampoo like 4 Legger Dog Shampoo (on Amazon).
Make sure you don’t wash and shampoo your dog too often otherwise you risk stripping their skin and coat of natural oils.
You can read more about the best dog shampoos for German Shepherds in this guide.
4. Wash & Air Out Your German Shepherd’s Bed As Required
Just like human beds, dog beds can start smelling sweaty and doggy after a while if you don’t wash them.
You might like to wash your dog’s bed, or the dog bed cover if it’s removable.
You can also air out the dog bed and dog bed cover + hang them out in the sun to help kill any bacteria or parasites that might like dark places in your dog’s bed covers.
You can read about the best dog beds for German Shepherds in this guide if you’re interested.
5. Consider Switching Your German Shepherd’s Food/Diet
A dog’s diet can affect stomach gas and mouth odors.
A poor diet with not enough nutrients and high in processed ingredients can also contribute to poor body odor and coat smell.
It’s worth seeing your dog’s vet to see whether a higher quality more natural diet would suit your dog and test whether it decreases bad body and coat odors.
6. Air Out Your House
A pretty simple one, but all smells, not just pet smells, can get trapped in a house.
Make sure you open up windows and doors as required to let fresh air in an ventilate the house. Bad odors can escape this way too.
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