How to Groom a Large Dog's Eyes

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Month

Introduction

If you are lucky enough to have a dog whose head is covered with long hair, especially above and around his eyes, it needs to be kept well-groomed. If you let this hair get too long, it can scratch or irritate his eyes and lead to unnecessary vet bills. And if this isn't enough, if you let the hair over his eyes get too long, he won't be able to see where he is going! In certain breeds, the constant irritation of long hair can lead to excessive tearing that stains his fur. 

Dog's Perspective

If your dog is like most, the last thing he wants is for you to be messing around his eyes with shears and a comb. Any time you get near his eyes, he is likely to flinch. It's a natural reaction. It is very important that you take things slow in the beginning and give your dog time to get used to the tools. This will make keeping his hair trimmed back on a regular basis much easier. 

The Brush Him First Method

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Begin the process
Start out by brushing the hair on his head, around his eyes, his muzzle and his ears, just give him a good overall brushing. This will put him at ease before you start the process of trimming his hair.
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Meet the shears
Lift the shears up to where your pup can see them, let him sniff them, and then gently set them on top of his snout. Give him time to get used to them before moving them again to start the trim.
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Just a touch off the top
Using shears and your finger or a comb as a guide, trim the hair above your dog's eyes in a nice straight line. Praise him and give him a treat.
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On the sides
Using shears, trim the hair on the outer corners of his eyes. Go with the shape of his eyes to ensure the right cut.
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Down across the bottom
If he has hair under his eyes, this is a good time to trim it back. If he has long eyebrows, you should trim those too. Now your pup looks great and can see where he is going and you have mastered trimming the hair around your dog's eyes.
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The I Don't Have the Energy Method

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Hit the road, Jack
Time to take your dog out for a nice long--and we mean looong--walk. The idea is that you want your pup to be tired enough not to be too worried about what is about to happen.
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Putting your hands to good use
Use your off hand to cover your dog's eyes, making sure to keep it below the hairline so you can use it as a straight-line guide. Brush his hair back and away from his eyes.
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That scary first cut
With your finger firmly in place as a guide, take a sharp pair of shears and cut the hair across the top of his eyes. If this is your first time, cut it a little longer than you really want it. You can always make a second cut to finish the trim.
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A word about those eyebrows
Many long-haired breeds have eyebrows that need to be kept trimmed back. Using the same method as above and a pair of shears, trim his eyebrows.
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And to the bottom, we go
Finally, cover his eyes so you trim back the hair under his eyes so that it won't get in his eyes and irritate them. The last thing to do is praise your pup and give him a treat.
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Caution & Considerations

  • You must realize that working with tools like combs, shears, clippers, and brushes near your pup's eyes can be very dangerous. Take your time and be very cautious while you are working.
  • If you can't get your pup to hold still while you are trying to trim around his eyes, get the help of another family member to hold his head for you.
  • Be sure you are using a very sharp pair of safety shears so that you minimize the risk of injuring your dog.
  • Take your time and be patient. Doing so will help your pup to pick on these vibes and stay more relaxed.
  • If, even with the help of an assistant, your pup won't settle down, talk to your vet about a mild sedative you can use for these grooming sessions. 

Conclusion

Keeping the hair trimmed around your dog's eye is vital to his vision and overall eye health. You should do this at least once a month. But, depending on your dog's breed the time frame may vary. Just remember, your pup needs you to do this, so take your time and be patient. In time, he will get used to you doing this on a regular basis. 

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