How to Brush a Dog's Face

Medium
5 - 10 Minutes
2 Week

Introduction

Tom the terrier has a cute face, with a full beard. Unfortunately, the beard is often food stained or worse--full of dirt and underbrush from Tom digging outside and burying his face in the hole he has created, looking for hapless victims like bugs and other nefarious creatures he must rid his yard of!  Tom’s beard is not only dirty and full of debris it is tangled and yucky!  Tom’s owners are going to have to start brushing his face regularly to keep his beard looking good, and remove dirt and debris to prevent tangles in the future. Fortunately,  brushing a dog’s face is not that difficult, it just requires a little bit of consideration so as not to pull delicate face hair or get dirt in their eyes.

Dog's Perspective

Your dog probably does not care if he has a grubby, messy face, but you do. Because the facial area can be delicate, pulling hair around the mouth, eyes, and ears will cause your dog discomfort, so brushing these areas will have to be done gently and carefully, to avoid discomfort for your dog. Holding your dog's face securely and supporting hair by holding it between your grooming tool and the skin will help reduce friction, making face brushing much more pleasant for your dog. Be sure to stop and take a break if face brushing gets to be too much for your pup. Give it a rest and come back later to finish the job.

The Long Hair Method

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Slicker Brush
Dematter
Comb
Step
1
Use fingers
Remove obvious debris on face and beard and work through any tangles with your fingers.
Step
2
Brush beard
Brush your dog’s beard with a slicker brush. Brush down in short strokes from root to tip, working in sections and holding your dog's muzzle for support. Work on both sides.
Step
3
Brush face
Brush your dog's cheeks, chin and lift his ears to reach under and behind ears.
Step
4
Use mat splitter
Use a mat splitter if necessary. Place the flat side against face with the sharp edge facing out. Start at the root and work through any knots. The sharp edge will cut through matted hair that can not be combed through. Work with a small area at a time
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5
Check with comb
Use a comb to check for any small knots missed by the brush. Wipe soiled areas around eyes or mouth with a damp cloth.
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The Short Hair Method

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Pin Brush
Flea Comb
Comb
Step
1
Remove debris
Remove any obvious debris and tangles on your dog’s face with your hands.
Step
2
Use a soft brush
Use a soft bristle brush to brush the beard and chin of a shorter haired dog. A soft pin brush can also be used for medium-haired dogs.
Step
3
Brush entire face
Use the brush on the cheeks and around and under ears. Check ears for signs of infection and be sure to locate all tangles or knots.
Step
4
Use fine comb
Use a fine toothed comb or flea comb to comb longer hair around ears and on the beard and chin to ensure there are no small tangles remaining.
Step
5
Wipe clean
Clean around the eyes with a soft damp cloth, as well as any other soiled parts of the face including around your dog’s mouth and under his chin.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Clean tear stains or stained beards with a damp cloth or dog wipes after brushing if necessary.
  • Avoid pulling hair on the delicate face area. Support hair with your fingers while combing through knots and tangles, or use your fingers to loosen knots.
  • Be careful of eyes that grooming tools do not interfere with the delicate eye area or worse, poke your dog in the eye. Also, be careful not to brush debris into the eye area.
  • Check for knots under and behind the ears and take the opportunity to check ears for signs of yeast infections, which are common in dogs' ears.

Conclusion

Don’t forget your dogs face when brushing. Your dog's beard can easily become stained with food or dirt from the garden, and should be cleaned and brushed out regularly.  Work carefully around his eyes and check ears for knots which trap moisture and can contribute to ear infections.  Your dog will look so cute with a well-groomed face. A little brushing to clean and fluff up facial fur is all it takes to make your pooch as handsome as he can be.

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