There are many dog breeds with hair that seems to be constantly growing into their eyes. There are several very good reasons you shouldn’t let this facial hair become too long. This hair grows from above and below, which can hinder their eyesight, and rub their eyes and cause irritation and damage. Depending on your dog, this may also cause excessive tearing and staining to occur. Thankfully, with a little practice and patience, you can learn to keep your pup's facial hair trimmed back out of his eyes, so he finally stops bumping into everything in the house.
Chances are good that your pup is not going to be delighted to have a pair of scissors and your hands right up in his business. Most dogs don't like having anything close to their eyes. Just like humans, we flinch too when someone sticks something close to our eyes. The best way to get him used to this is to start very slowly, introducing him to the scissors before you try to groom around his eyes with them.
The goal is to keep your pup's facial hair trimmed back out of his eyes and to be able to do so without either of you becoming stressed out. It is an important task that can protect the health of his eyes. Not to mention, it will help keep him from wandering into things like Mr. Magoo.
Bonnie gets lots of black/brown crusty discharge round her eyes. How do I deal with this please? She hates her face being groomed.
Bonnie is adorable! I would go to the vet's office and have a look in their retail section for a product that is vet-approved and safe for the eyes. The staff should be able to direct you to a gentle, yet effective product. You can take a cotton ball soaked in cooled down, boiled water and gently wipe the eye, but a solution designed specifically for removing the crusty discharge will bring better results. Good luck and enjoy your pup!
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