Keeping your Shih Tzu’s face well-groomed and clean is important. Long hair around the eyes and ears may irritate your dog and cause discomfort. The hair may become matted with debris and food if not regularly groomed.
Trim your dog’s face every two or four weeks to keep them comfortable and happy. Cleaning your dog’s face will also allow you to inspect your dog’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth so that you can spot serious medical conditions.
Trimming the fur around your dog’s eyes can be tricky if your dog feels nervous or anxious. The key to trimming your dog’s “facial hair” is developing a steady hand, and making your dog feel at ease. Preparation for this task is crucial; you should get as much fur away from the eyes as possible before trimming.
Your dog may be anxious about having scissors so close to its eyes. If you are relaxed and have a steady hand, your dog will sense your confidence and feel more relaxed. Your dog will feel your hesitation if you’re a little bit nervous, so be sure to go into trimming the fur between your dog’s eyes with a positive attitude.
We’ve created a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to help you understand facial grooming.
Read on if you want to learn more about cutting a Shih Tzu’s hair between its eyes.
Brush your Shih Tzu’s hair starting at the top of its head and working your way down. When you come across matted areas on the face, please don’t attempt to brush them out and leave these areas to be removed using scissors or clippers.
Brush your Shih Tzu with gentle strokes to avoid pulling your dog’s fur and irritating its skin.
Safety Precaution: Place your Shih Tzu on a sturdy and stable surface when you brush them. A waist-high, fabric-covered table is a great option for small dogs like Shih Tzus and puts them easily within your reach.
Have somebody hold your Shih Tzu’s collar while you groom them, or use a leash attached to the table to keep them from moving around while you groom them.
Before trimming between your Shiz Tzu’s eyes, use clippers to trim the hair on its face and head. Clip the hair growing on your dog’s forehead, cheeks, chin, and the area between their eyes and ears. You can use electric clippers to do facial grooming. If you find any matted areas, use the clippers to remove those mats.
Always move the clippers toward the direction of hair growth, and be careful how close you get the clippers to your Shih Tzu’s skin.
Check the temperature of the razors of the clippers regularly and stop using them if they get too hot.
Hold your dog’s ears up and use the clippers to cut the hair between their eyes and ears.
Cut the hair around your Shih Tzu’s eyes to keep their vision clear. Long hair around a Shih Tzu’s eyes can irritate your pup. Longer hair can also accumulate dirt and debris, such as the fluid drips from its eyes, which can cause discomfort.
Clip the hair between your little Shih Tzu’s eyes carefully with scissors. Note that electric shaving clippers will not work in this area. Always keep the scissors pointed away from your Shih Tzu’s eyes.
To be extra safe, only use scissors with blunt ends. These will not be the same scissors used by professional groomers, but they’re the safest option for at-home grooming.
Should I trim my Shih Tzu’s eyelashes?
If you can keep them long and they don’t bother your Shih Tzu but enhance that sweet little face, you still need to keep them trimmed and care for them. These are the dogs who want their eyelashes trimmed. If not cared for, eyelashes can sometimes turn into the eye, irritating the cornea.
How do I clean the hair around my Shih Tzu eyes?
Gently wipe the area around your Shih Tzu’s eyes using a water-moistened washcloth. Never wipe the eye itself. Your goal is to loosen and remove the dirt and debris around your dog’s eye.
Be sure to approach this area slowly and carefully, so you don’t startle your dog.
Why is the fur around my Shih Tzu’s eyes brown?
Tear stains in Shih Tzus are a common problem. Reddish-brown marks are more visible in dogs with white or light-colored hair. They are often the result of the dog producing too many tears.
Does hair around Shih Tzu’s eyes affect their vision?
Yes, Shih Tzus can’t see through thick bangs. They can see much better when fur is not covering their eyes, making life happier for them. Yes, they can sometimes see through the fur but can’t see as well without the thick fur obscuring their vision.
Are Shih Tzus irritated by the hair in their eyes?
Yes, Shih Tzus feel uncomfortable when their hair goes in the eyes. Besides discomfort, hair can cause complications such as pain or even physical damage such as corneal ulceration.