How to Trim a Dog's Eyebrows

Medium
10 - 20 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

If you have a dog who has incredibly long eyebrows, you may think he looks like a grumpy old man or the cutest thing on earth. Many breeds have long hair just above their eyes and telling the difference between eyebrows and hair just above the eyes isn't always possible. Some dogs have long eyebrows that to grow out to near impossible lengths, turning down into your dog's face and blocking his vision--but also providing a super cute look. Trimming your dog’s eyebrows is not difficult, it just requires some patience from your dog and some understanding from you that he may be a little fearful of the scissors right next to his face.

Dog's Perspective

Your dog might be a little worried about having scissors near his eyes. Keep the scissors parallel to his skin and not pointed toward him. Ease any tension you both have about the potential for injury should he move. You can also offer your dog lots of tasty treats during this process to help keep his attention and make him feel better. 

The Anxious Dog Method

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Scissors
Comb
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Calm environment
Lay your dog down in the place you plan to trim his eyebrows. Give him a treat and talk to him.
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2
Introduce scissors
Hold the scissors up to your dog’s nose and let him sniff and explore them. Move them around his face, allowing his eyes and nose follow them. This will get him comfortable with the scissors and let him know he is safe around them.
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3
Sounds
Using scissors, get your pup used to the sound by scissoring in the air around your pup’s face and ears.
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4
Secure
Secure your dog’s head to keep him from moving. You don’t want him to jerk his head toward the scissors.
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5
Comb
Comb the fur above the eyes and eyebrows. Pull them out towards you.
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6
Hand
Place the hand holding the scissors against your dog’s face or head to keep your hand still.
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7
Cut
Trim the eyebrows with scissors pointed away from your dog’s eyes and face.
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The Cover Eyes Method

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Scissors
Comb
Step
1
Brush
Brush or comb through your dog’s facial hair and fur above his eyes. Be sure to get out any tangles.
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2
Cover eyes
With the hand not holding scissors, cover your dog’s eyes. This will help to ease any anxieties your dog is having with the scissors so close to his eyes.
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3
Cut
Use scissors to cut the fur and eyebrows to the length you’d like to see. You can still keep them long while protecting your dog's eyes from fur falling into his face.
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4
Comb again
Uncover your dog’s eyes. Comb the fur again to ensure the length is what you’d like to see on your pup.
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5
Repeat
If the eyebrows need to be any shorter, cut more with the steps above.
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6
Reward
Give your dog a treat for sitting still and letting you trim his eyebrows.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Some dogs look really good with long eyebrows. Be sure they are trimmed and neat and not getting into your dog's eyes.
  • Be sure to pay close attention to how you are holding the scissors anytime you are cutting near your dog's face or eyes.
  • Keep your dog's head very still. Whether you are using a partner or a harness, you need to ensure the dog does not turn or jerk his head, causing injury.
  •  Be aware of your dog's whiskers. He uses whiskers to feel air movement and track nearby objects.
  • If your dog's eyebrows are growing so long that they are irritating the eyes, your dog could tear up quite often, causing tear stains down in his eyes and nose.
  • Cover your dog's eyes as you are cutting his eyebrows to ensure the fur does not fall down into his eyes as you cut.
  • Some breeds' typical cuts have eyebrows longer and thicker than the fur around the face, accentuating the eyebrows. If this is the look you would like for your pup, be sure you understand the typical cut for the breed you have.

Conclusion

Grumpy old men and cute dogs have fur-tastic fun with long eyebrows. Keep them trimmed to keep the fur out away from your dog's eyes, but you can still keep them long if you'd like. Cutting the eyebrows short is just as cute and requires less maintenance.

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