If your dog has long face hair, trimming it is a matter of hygiene and safety. You'll need to learn how to trim your dog's face hair with scissors, as clippers move too fast and could really hurt your pet in this sensitive area.
Many small breeds including the Pekingese, Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese need their face hair trimmed on a regular basis. While cutting this hair will give your dog a more pleasing appearance, it's also necessary for his overall health and well-being.
The hair on your dog's face could irritate his eyes if left untrimmed. If allowed to grow long enough, hair could poke the eyeball causing scratches or irritation. It also makes it much easier for dirt or debris to get into the eye. If you don't trim this hair, it may also result in the development of tear stains as well.
Likewise, long hair around the muzzle needs to be trimmed too. When your dog eats and drinks, this long hair gets saturated with water and bits of food can get stuck in it. This forms a breeding ground for bacteria is unhygienic. Learning how to trim your dog's face hair with scissors is essential in keeping him clean and healthy.
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How To Trim Your Dog's Face Hair with Scissors
When learning how to trim your dog's face hair with scissors, it's important that you choose the right tool. As you'll see in my video guide above, I use a small pair of grooming scissors from Scaredy Cut. It's imperative that you use a pair of grooming scissors and not just any old pair you have lying around your office.
Grooming scissors have a serrated edge that grips the fine hair of your dog's face to allow for easier cutting. They also have rounded tips, which reduce the likelihood that you'll injure Fido while clipping his face hair.
It's also likely that your pooch won't like the vibration and buzzing noise of the clippers to be that close to his face. Scissors are a much smarter and safer choice.
There really is no secret to learning how to trim your dog's face hair with scissors. If you want a certain style, that may take some practice. If you just want to keep the hair trimmed, just remember to use the right tools, work slowly and be patient.
As I mention in my video, our Saddie is well well-tempered and lets me do almost anything to her. If your dog is a little more feisty, you may need to ask someone to help you restrain him or use a muzzle.
If your dog is as gentle as Saddie, you should be able to hold his muzzle firmly while you're cutting his hair to keep him from moving. Begin by allowing him plenty of time to check out the scissors. He'll likely want to sniff them, and he may even try to lick them.
Once Fido is used to the scissors, you can begin by trimming the hair around his eyes. As I said, you want to work slowly and be patient. Start with the hair between his eyes and then slowly trim the hair around his eyes and the hair that hangs down over his eyes. Try to keep the length consistent.
You need to pull the hair away from the eye and position your hand to block the hair from falling into your pet's eye. If the hair is very close to the eye or already touching it, use a fine-toothed comb to pull the hair away from the eye before cutting it.
You want to try to leave about 1/4″ of hair. This is short enough to keep the hair from bothering him, but not so short that you risk snipping his skin. Depending on the breed of dog, you may want to trim a little further out around his forehead and under his eyes as well.
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Once you've finished around his eyes, you can move down around his muzzle. You'll need to trim any long hair that is poking his nose or hanging down over it. DON'T trim his whiskers! Dogs use their whiskers as a sixth sense to feel things close to their face. While it won't hurt them (and they will grow back), it's best to leave his whiskers in tact.
Work around his mouth to cut any long hairs, and then move down to his chin. If your dog has a beard, like many terrier breeds, you can cut it all the same length or trim it into any shape you like. Just work slowly and be very careful not to get too close to his skin.
When you're learning how to trim your dog's face hair with scissors, it's important to remember to give Fido a break every few minutes, or sooner if he seems to be getting impatient. Holding your pet's head still will be uncomfortable for him, even if he doesn't show it. Cut for 2-4 minutes and then give him a break for about 2 minutes.
Also, be sure to praise your dog throughout the hair cutting process for a job well done. He's a lot more apt to sit patiently if he knows he's doing what you want him to do. Don't forget to give him a treat and a lot of praise when the job is done.