To treat a German shepherd dog with dry, itchy skin, check that the dog is not allergic to its food, switch to hypoallergenic shampoo, apply a bitter spray to hot spots, and consider giving the dog Benadryl to stop an allergic reaction. Dilute dog shampoo with water to avoid leaving irritating residue on the dog's skin with help from a certified dog trainer in this free video on German shepherds.
Hello this is Zephyr Clarke-Dolberg with Miami Dog Training in Miami, Florida. In this clip we're going to talk about treating a German shepherd with dry and itchy skin. One of the first things you might to want to check is their food because of course the first thing that whatever they put in, if they're allergic to it, they may be itchy and their skin may be affected. Another thing you want to look for is some hypoallergenic shampoos, Pure and Simple shampoo is a good one, oatmeal shampoos, antiseptics they also have sprays that you can put on the dog if they are scratching or licking an area or hot spots like bitter apple that can deter them from really aggravating the situation. Another option is plain old human Benadryl which it stops allergic reactions so if they are itching, we'll see it. When you do apply a shampoo, one of the best ways that you can avoid leaving a residue behind on the dog which also again that can make them itchy too if you don't get off all the shampoo, so one of the things you can do is just dilute it and make a mix of soap and water so that it's a thinner solution so you're not actually applying it directly on the dog, what you're doing is making a solution and then applying the diluted solution on the dog which washes cleaner and doesn't leave that residue behind which can make them itchy. Once again this has been Zephyr Clarke-Dolberg in Miami, Florida.