How to Groom a Dog Face

Grooming your dog’s face can be tricky as you don’t want to hurt your precious puppy, but it is needed so they can see and be comfortable.

The grooming of your dog’s face can bring out their personality and bring them the joy they need for life.

How to Groom a Dog Face

Here is a guide to help you to groom your pet’s face in the best way possible while protecting their skin and face. No matter the length of your dog’s hair, there are always great ways as to how to groom them to make them comfortable and look adorable.

Around the Eyes

The first thing you should do is trim the hair in between your dog’s eyes. This opens up their expressions and allows them to see without hair being in the way. Use a small comb to lift up the hair from the inside of the corners of the eyes with an outward and upwards motion.

Try to keep the hair short as this area is very prone to tear stains and having shorter hair will help combat this problem. You can use some small round-tip scissors or thinning shears to trim the hair around the eyes. Always point away or forwards from the dog’s eyes to reduce the risk of an accident happening. You can also use size 10 clippers, and this will trim the hair closer but the vibration of the clippers can scare a dog into moving suddenly.

Around the Face

For dogs that have flat coats, you should use clippers that have a medium-length attachment comb which should leave 1 inch of hair left. This will be fluffy but short enough to ensure you won’t need to clip your dog’s hair for another few weeks depending on how fast their hair grows.

  • Clip the hair from the occiput to the eyebrow being very careful not to clip the top of the ear hair. Use thinning shears to blend the hair on the top of the head with the ears.
  • Hold the ears up and use the same attachment comb to cut the sides of the head.
  • Clip down the dog’s neck to the Adams apple area by lifting the dog’s chin up. Try to keep the hair on the chin short as this can become the dirtiest part of the face.
  • Trim the hair behind the ears by moving them forward and clipping in both directions and then blend the neck and the top of the head.
  • You should then cut along the nose to the inside of the ears on both sides that follows the jawline.
  • Then finish by blending all the edges together.


Long Ears

A good way of checking that the hair on the ears is suitable is by pulling them forward and clipping the hair that passes the nose. This will prevent them from getting dirty from dragging on the floor or from food. You should finish the trimming of the ears by holding the tip of the ears and the hair flat between your fingers. Put your fingers just past the tops of the ear flaps and hold them there.

This will mean your fingers should stop the scissors so that they won’t cut the skin but only the hair of the ear flaps. You should also position the shear blades at a 45-degree angle which will allow you to make a clean, beveled edge.

Short Ears

If your dog has shorter ears that fold in half when they pay attention, you can shave the bottom half to give them better ventilation and make them look adorable. This is also good for those dogs who struggle with ear problems. Put the ear flap in your hand and clip the hair with a number 81/2 blade, number 10 blade, or short attachment comb into the direction in which the hair grows. Be aware of where the edges of the ears are so you don’t end up cutting them. Trim the edges from the base of the ear up to the back part of the ears by using your fingers as a guide. Then cut only the bottom half of the front part. The hair on top will add some weight and keep them in place and will create a cute round face.


Grooming your dog, yourself can prove cost-efficient but you must be very aware of what you are doing. It is likely that some form of mishap might happen, and your dog might look a little lopsided for a while but it only takes a couple of weeks for it to grow back. If you are unsure about trimming your dog’s hair, go to a professional who is experienced in clipping all kinds of dog hair.

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