How to Brush a Small Dog's Face

10 - 15 Minutes
2 Month


Many small dog owners tend to be nervous when it comes to trying to brush the hair on their small dog's face. Let's face it, brushing around his eyes, nose, and the ears can be a bit nerve-wracking at first. However, once you see how easy it really is, you might find yourself wondering why you have been shying away from it for so long. The whole process shouldn't take longer than 10 or 15 minutes from start to finish. 

Dog's Perspective

If your dog is like most small dogs, the last thing he wants is you messing with his face. Between the shiny shears, the comb, or brush tugging at his hair, and you holding his face, it could be more than your pup can handle at first, but with a little hard work and the proper training, both of you can start enjoying the whole process. 

Caution & Considerations


  • Use sharp shears or clippers to avoid pulling on his hair.
  • Use extra care around your pup's eyes and ears.
  • Always give your pup time to get used the clippers and shears.

Do Not:

  • Groom your pup's hair when it is wet.
  • Never use dull shears or clippers, which can pull the hair out and be very painful.


It is only natural for you to be nervous about using tools around your little guy's face, but once you get the hang of it, you can make grooming his face a little fun and bonding time for both of you. The best part is when it is all over and you get to fuss over him and give him a tasty treat to let him know what a good job he did. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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