For months, possibly years, I have encouraged dog owners to get their dogs out of the yard and doing something - playing, performing, working, anything.
Audrey Pavia has a good article in the October issue of Dog World magazine on specifics of grooming working, performing or active dogs. Working dogs (those that perform as hunters, or as herders, or in agility competitions) require different grooming considerations that those dogs that are shown in conformation breed rings.
Pavia points out that "show dogs" are groomed according to the written standards for the breed. Therefore, some breeds need long hair on their feet, or hair hanging over their eyes, whereas in activity competitions the long hair places the dog at a distinct disadvantage.
The herding dogs working for titles in their ability to herd, need the hair trimmed away from their eyes or at least gently pulled back and banded if the dog is also being shown in conformation. Pavia writes that working dogs that practice out in the field do better with a trimmed coat that can be brushed and combed regularly to eliminate burrs, grass lawns and mats.