How to Groom a Dog's Eyes

5 - 10 Minutes
1 Month


Many smaller breed dogs like the Shih Tzu, Terriers, Maltese, and Lhasa Apso have extra-long facial hair that tends to grow around and over their eyes. Knowing how to keep this hair trimmed back out of the way can save you a lot of money at the groomers, and is important for your pup's eye health. On top of this, imagine how hard it is for your pup to walk around when he can't see through the hair over his eyes. It takes a little practice to master this skill, but in time you will be able to trim the hair around your pup's eyes in less than five minutes. 

Dog's Perspective

Your dog really hates having all that hair getting in his eyes. Not only does it block his vision, but it can keep scratching at his eyes, causing painful irritation. If you don't catch this problem early, the hair could easily damage his eyes, requiring medical treatment for problems like infection or scratched corneas. Do your dog a favor and keep the hair around his eye trimmed back on a regular basis. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Extra care is needed when using any kind of shears around your pup's eyes to help avoid injury.

  • If your pup starts to jerk his head around, you can try using a firmer grip, but you may find giving him a break and then letting him spend more time getting used to the shears is more effective.

  • Always use safety shears with rounded tips as those with pointed tips can cause serious injury.

  • Keep plenty of treats on hand to reward him for remaining calm.

  • Be patient and take your time, this will help your pup to remain calm and make it easier for you to do a good job.

  • If after you have tried walking your dog to calm him down, giving him lots of time to get used to the shears, and using plenty of treats and praise, he still won't calm down enough to trim around his eyes, talk to your vet. He may be able to provide you with a mild sedative you can use until your pup gets used to having this done. 


You need to keep the hair trimmed back out of his eyes on a regular basis. You also need your pup to understand he needs to be calm while you do so. Not only will this help your dog to see where he is going, but it will also help reduce excess tearing that can cause staining and prevent injuries to his eyes. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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