How to Groom a Large Dog's Eyes

15 - 30 Minutes
1 Month


If your four-legged family member is one that has long hair on his head, face, and especially around his eyes, it needs to be groomed on a regular basis. If you allow the hair around your pup's eyes to grow too long, it can make it hard for your up to see where he is going. It can also scratch at his eyes and irritate them, leading to a possible eye infection. The irritation can also lead to excessive tearing, which may cause staining under your dog's eyes. Learning to groom around your large dog's eyes really isn’t that hard, it just takes time and patience. 

Dog's Perspective

Odds are pretty good your dog is not going to be very happy when you start trying to groom around his eyes. This is normal, as most dogs don't like things near their eyes and will flinch as a natural reaction. Take your time; let your pup get used to having the brushes and shears near his eyes before you try to groom him. This will make the process much easier for both of you. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Be aware that working around your dog's eyes with a comb, brushes, or shears is inherently dangerous. Be sure to exercise extreme caution.
  • If your dog won't hold still, consider asking another family member or friend to help hold him still.
  • Always use safety shears, they have a rounded tip much like those used by elementary school kids.
  • Be patient and take your time, this will help your dog remain calm, making the whole process go much more smoothly.
  • If your pup won't settle down, your vet may be able to prescribe a mild sedative to calm him for grooming. 


Grooming around your dog's eyes is very important to his vision and eye health. While you should do this once a month, keep a close eye on how fast this hair grows. Your grooming sessions could be necessary less or more often, depending on your dog. Take your time, there is no reason to hurry. Your dog will learn to appreciate this when he can see where is going. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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