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Old 08-21-2014, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Coat to semi-stock

Figured I'd give my pooch a trimming and be cheap about it and buy my own electric shears.

Since she is outside with me all the time in the summer and goes swimming, I thought what the heck? She certainly does dry off quicker.

Yes, I have heard of professional groomers but I enjoy a challenge.

I'm curious if other coat owners have done the same.

Kaia seems okay with it and didn't even attack me after the grooming session...and we all know how females can be a bit finicky about a new "do"....was that okay for me to say???

The before pic was when she was 9 months old with a ton of fur....she grew into the coat considerably. The after pic was just the other day when she turned 2.

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Old 08-21-2014, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful girl I personally like the shorter look but either way she is lovely! Brave of you to do it yourself, I have no experience there at all, lol. I would have botched it and probably had to have Titan shaved
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She looks good. You did a great job
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I butchered Hondo's 'butt puffs'. I used my horse clippers. The 'butt puffs' had to go. Everything stuck in them and he swims every day. Not as pretty. I just make sure I take shots of him coming towards me.
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Beautiful girl I personally like the shorter look but either way she is lovely! Brave of you to do it yourself, I have no experience there at all, lol. I would have botched it and probably had to have Titan shaved
You should have seen my first coated GSD 15 years ago...poor girl, it looked like she fell asleep under a lawnmower after I was done with her. I think the difference is..my current gal will just stand there for me motionless without any collar/lead/table or fussing....it makes a big difference I do believe.

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Looks nice!

I don't have a coated GSD, but a mixed breed that has a very long top coat (longer than a coated GSD, some of his hair is over a foot long) and a super thick undercoat. He was getting hot spots in the summer b/c of the humidity so I started having a groomer do a "lion cut". It looks silly but it works for him and he's much more comfortable, no more hot spots. I can't do it myself since the electric clippers I use on my husband can't even cut through his hair, it's so think.
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You should have seen my first coated GSD 15 years ago...poor girl, it looked like she fell asleep under a lawnmower after I was done with her. I think the difference is..my current gal will just stand there for me motionless without any collar/lead/table or fussing....it makes a big difference I do believe.

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Oh I bet that makes a difference! Lol. I know Titan wants at the blow dryer the first like minute it's on.. always a battle.. he's a mover.
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Looks great !
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Looks great! What size guard did you use on your clippers?
Athena is going to be in heat again soon and she needs shaved down to keep her clean. LOL!
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Looks great! What size guard did you use on your clippers?
Athena is going to be in heat again soon and she needs shaved down to keep her clean. LOL!

I used the longest one which came with this Oster Turbo A5 shears..it says 1/4 on it but no way did it leave just a 1/4 inch of fur. I did most of it without any guard on it as it seems to cut much better that way. As I mentioned earlier...because my dog stood so still I could risk using no guard and not worry about scalping her.

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