How to Groom a Dog's Ears

10 - 25 Minute
2 Weeks


Every dog is a little different from the next dog. Even dogs within breeds have different shaped faces and different personalities. They even have different ears. Some dogs have two ears that point up, and some dogs have two ears that lay down flat. Some dogs have one ear that goes up and one that goes down. Many dogs' ears end up in their food and water bowls, making the tips of their ears tasty treats for later or messy grooming disasters. All dogs need their ears cared for every now and then. Whether you are grooming them to keep them clean, to pluck the interior fur, or to trim on the outside ear, grooming is an important part of caring for your best friend.

Dog's Perspective

Because your dog's ears are so close to his face and because his hearing is quite sensitive, he may be a little apprehensive to let you anywhere near his ears with a pair of sharp scissors or a pair of loud, vibrating clippers. Ease the anxieties by loving on your dog before it's time to groom his ears. If your dog's ears hurt for any reason once you get them clean, stay on top of them and maintain them to keep them clean. If your dog has an earache, he may be a little apprehensive about letting you near them.

Caution & Considerations

  • When you are grooming your dog's ears, be careful not to dig too deeply into the ear canal and cause injury.
  • While wiping the inside of the ear, be sure to clean the various folds and get the gunk that hides in between.
  • Pay special attention to the area behind your dog's ears, as this is where mats and fur tend to build and grow.
  • When you trim the fur on the outside of your dog's ears, make sure you know where the tip of the ear is relative to the fur so you don't accidentally snip the tip of your dog's ear.
  • No matter your dog's ear shape or size before you dive into the ear grooming process, have a vision in mind of what you would like your dog to look like before you get started so you can make it as quick and painless as possible for your pup.
  • Depending on your dog's breed and how quickly his fur grows, you may need to groom your dog's ears every 4 to 8 weeks.
  • If your dog has long ears that hang low, you may need to clean them before grooming. Ears that have spent meals settling into food and water bowls maybe tangled when it's time for grooming.


Whether his ears hang low and sway to and fro or if they are just short and stubby, they still need to be in tip-top shape for your dog's overall health. Keep your pup's ears clean and ready to hear any command you can issue.

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