We are getting our first GSD in a couple of weeks (10 months old). What is the best shampoo out there? Is there anything else we need to maintain his coat healthy and shiny? Brand and where to purchase would be fabulous!
forgot to add, get a good german grooming rake (this is where to invest a fair amount of money), and a slicker brush; i also like a horse brush (they're called dandy brushes); the 1st two help remove the undercoat and the dandy brush leaves a nice shine on the coat
furminators are nice, but pricey; if you want one, shop around on ebay for prices; they're ridiculously expensive in pet stores
don't forget nail clippers; i like the guillitine (i know i spelled that wrong, lol) type
and superabsorbent towels for after bathing to absorb the excess water
i like j-b wholesale in new jersey and buy the towels from them; you can find them online at http://www.jbpet.com; i know the owners personally; great customer service, decent prices
HyLyt shampoo from either the Vets office or PetsMart, it's very gentle and smells really good. Right now I'm using NuSalT from the Vet. This is a medicated shampoo so I wouldn't use it unless you need too. But, if you need to it's GREAT and it smells good too. Otherwise I would recommend the HyLyt shampoo or anything that is gentle and tearless.
As far as other things you might need .. I would say get a toothbrush and start getting your puppy familiar with that, if you plan on brushing the pups teeth it's definitely something to start when they are young.
A great shampoo I use is Miracle Coat brand. It has tea tree oil and is soap-free and gentle enough to use daily if needed. It's great to moisturize the coat and skin, and soothes any itchies. I also buy the leave in "lusterizer" spray that is a conditioner, also with tea tree oil in it. I always get comments on the dogs' coats after using these things.
BTW, tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and safely deters fleas and other pests.
Here's a link (I get mine at a local specialty pet shop, though Petco/Petsmart might carry it):