How to Trim Dog Eyelashes

10 - 20 Minutes
6 Weeks


Some dogs have the cutest longest eyelashes you've ever seen. If you happen to have one of those sweet little pups, congratulations! If you can keep them long and they don't bother your dog but enhance that sweet little face, you still need to care for them and keep them trimmed. Some breeds, however, have eyelashes that continue to grow but cause problems. These are the dogs who will want their eyelashes trimmed. If not cared for, eyelashes can sometimes turn into the eye, causing scratches and irritation on the cornea. Whether you need to keep your dog's eyelashes short or whether you want to keep them long and flowing down their face, they still may need to be trimmed.

Dog's Perspective

Your dog is probably going to be very cautious about you being close to his eyes, especially with a sharp blade such as scissors. First, get your dog used to the look and the sound of your scissors before you put them directly near your dog's eyes. This will help build his trust with you and the object in your hands. Offer your dog treats throughout trimming and certainly at the end to make him feel better about the process.

Caution & Considerations

  • Besides keeping a tidy look around your dog’s eyes, trimming your dog’s eyelashes is important for several breeds because they can become so long they can turn and enter the eye, causing discomfort or pain.
  • Some breeds, such as Shih Tzus, can have long eyelashes that don't cause any harm to the eyes. Be careful while they are growing and watch them so they don't turn in towards the eye.
  •  If your dog has long eyelashes and you want to keep them long, be sure to brush them out while you are grooming to keep any gunk, dirt, or debris out of your dog's eyes.
  •  If your dog has eyelashes that are constantly turning inward toward your dog's eyes, see your veterinarian for a checkup. Though an occasional eyelash in your dog's eye is normal, a constant turning of the eyelashes, especially in one area, is not always normal.
  •  An eyebrow brush or a clean eyelash brush works great on your dog's eyelashes.
  •  Consider having a partner hold your dog's head while you are grooming the eyelashes. It will ensure the dog doesn't flinch or jerk his head around causing an injury.
  • You may need to trim your dog's eyelashes with every grooming, however, they also may not require a trim with each bath or cut. 


Your dog will be batting his beautiful lashes, whether left long and luscious or short and sweet, at anyone who looks his way. If your dog has been fur-tunate enough to be born with luscious lashes, keep them long and well cared for, but watch them closely so they do not turn inward towards the eye. Your dog can be best in show with beautiful lashes, short or long.

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