How Can I Hold My Dog Still So I Can Trim Hair Around Her Eyes?

By Faith Alessio

Even if your dog has just been washed, shaggy, stained hair around its eyes can make it look like it hasn't been groomed for years. While this appearance is normal and rarely a cause for concern, it does affect a dog's appearance. Long, shaggy hair around a dog's eyes is unsightly, and can contribute to eye irritation and weeping, which in turn leads to more staining. Regular eye trims will keep your dog's eyes fresh and clean. However, most dogs hate having anything near their eyes. With a little practice, you can keep your dog still long enough for a quick mini-grooming.

Large Dogs

Collect all of your tools--scissors and comb--in one place. If your dog will lie down, have it do so. Continue speaking calmly and reassuringly to your dog during the process.

Position yourself behind the dog. If the dog is lying down, kneel across the dog's back, taking care not to put much of your weight on the dog. If the dog will not lie down, stand over the dog.

Gently restrain the dog with your knees. Hold the dog's muzzle with one hand. Use the comb to untangle and smooth out the hair around the dog's eyes.

Allow the dog to smell the scissors before you begin working. Trim around the dog's eyes, holding the dog's head still with your hand on the muzzle. If the dog begins to jerk its head or squirm, stop trimming to avoid poking its eyes.

Small Dogs

Collect all of your materials--scissors, comb and towel--in one place. Sit down and place the dog in your lap. If the dog is too restless, wrap it in the towel, taking care not to bend or twist its legs or tail. Hold the dog gently between your knees, with its back against your stomach.

Hold the dog's muzzle in one hand. Use the comb to smooth and untangle the hair around the dog's eyes.

Allow the dog to smell the scissors before you begin working. Trim around the dog's eyes, holding the dog's head still with your hand on the muzzle. If the dog begins to jerk its head or squirm, stop trimming to avoid poking its eyes.