I trim Coke's. OK he's not a GSD but very similar coat as a coated GSD. I hate when it gets really long and stringy. It also gets matted inside his thighs and around his privates. I trim butt fluff, a little off his tail, and the feathering on his front legs. I trim his ears and use a thinning shears on all the areas I trim (to even everything out). I use a de-matting brush on his belly and chest, which is really a bunch of blades so it thins out all the fluff in these areas without me actually trimming it. The rest of him (the soft, black fur) I brush with an undercoat rake. Once every few months I spend a lot of time (like, days) line-combing him.
Coke, au naturel:
And if anyone's curious what happens when you SHAVE a coated dog, well, Coke was shaved (lion cut, lol) when we got him because he was so matted. The foster family had him shaved! (sorry my camera sucked back then)
At the boarding kennel I worked at, we would groom a lot of big LC dogs. We would take a 10 blade on some clippers and just give the dogs a kind of bikini clip from the underside of the tail down. It really helped to keep the dogs from constantly getting gross things caught in those hairs ... and keep the matting down.
90% is done with an undercoat rake. I also use a de-matting blade on the tail and butt fur. Since it's a blade it cuts some of the hair, thins it out a bit. I use thinning shears on the ears. I love the coat but I don't like "stringy" hair.
Our old guy Blue was a LC - I took him to a groomer every couple of months and had her trim all the excess hair off his ears, belly, and back of his front legs otherwise his coat picked up every burr and twig around.... I used a long tined undercoat rake and pin brush to keep him neat. He didn't shed that much compared to the two standard coated guys I have now, which was a plus!
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