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    Hi everyone,

    I have s/tzu who requires grooming regularly. Around his eyes are getting stained and becoming smelly, despite I clean at least once a day. I can do most clipping by myself but have found doing around eyes is very challenging. The reasons are:
    1. My dog is very sensitive around his eyes and keeps moving (he can be aggressive, too.)
    2. My clipper is rather fast and big compared to his face (I use oster and #5F blade for the dog)
    At the moment my options are:
    1. leave as it is and put up with discolourisation-any other swf dogs owners know. This won’t happen.
    2. use thinning shears for the area below eyes (have not tried this before-this is real no no for schnauzers but would this be ok for s/tzu?) and use shears for the corner of eyes (Which I have been doing for him since I had him. He is still quite sensitive)
    3. Take to a groomer-my only concern is if he will behave….

    Please help me! Thanks. Hachna
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    I use thinners under the eyes, or a 10# blade in the inner corners if the dog will tolerate it, you could also try round tipped scissors, they are safer. If you do decide to go to a groomer, find one you trust, I am a groomer and believe me there are some bad ones out there, a good groomer will know how to handle your dog if its a little nervous. Good luck

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    Hi Hachna,

    we have a shih tzu x malteses and have the same problem. we currently use round ended scissors as recommended by our vet nurse.

    what we tend to do is wait til little jax is really sleepy (ie after running around for 1hr+ in the park). We find he is less likely to react when he is very tired and much easier for us to trim around his eyes, paws and clean his ears etc.

    Like your dog, ours gets very anxious and worms around lots if we try and tidy him us when wide awake.

    best of luck!

    maybe ask your vet or the nurse there to show you how to do it if you're unsure....this is how we learned. also, i find jax will be more well behaved when a stranger is trying to groom him - not sure if maybe your dog might be the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miss jayne View Post
    I use thinners under the eyes, or a 10# blade in the inner corners if the dog will tolerate it, you could also try round tipped scissors, they are safer. If you do decide to go to a groomer, find one you trust, I am a groomer and believe me there are some bad ones out there, a good groomer will know how to handle your dog if its a little nervous. Good luck
    Hi mj,

    Do you think a groomer might be able to do the part (around eyes) only? I must admit that some swf dogs i met at the off leash park have terrible hair cut IMO. Some had very obvious clipping marks and some had unfinished looks with horrible looking behind. I reckon Body is one thing but face is another!!! Perhaps i need to trust them. I tried use thinning shears but somehow they pinch hair therefore my dog seemed more sensitive about it. Perhaps I take him to a groomer. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by azuresky View Post
    Hi Hachna,

    we have a shih tzu x malteses and have the same problem. we currently use round ended scissors as recommended by our vet nurse.

    what we tend to do is wait til little jax is really sleepy (ie after running around for 1hr+ in the park). We find he is less likely to react when he is very tired and much easier for us to trim around his eyes, paws and clean his ears etc.

    Like your dog, ours gets very anxious and worms around lots if we try and tidy him us when wide awake.

    best of luck!

    maybe ask your vet or the nurse there to show you how to do it if you're unsure....this is how we learned. also, i find jax will be more well behaved when a stranger is trying to groom him - not sure if maybe your dog might be the same?
    Hello Azuresky,

    Good to hear from you. Yes i have trimmed the around eyes but not with clipping. I will try to wear him out (but he has full of nervous energy), so in the end old mama (I) would be the one collapsing to the ground!!!
    By the way did you hear 1/2 ts tomato paste every day helps tear stain? I have tried but not dramatic effect but he smells like tomato paste!!!!

    thanks
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    you will have to ask around to find a groomer who will only do your dogs eyes, a lot are only in it for the money ( hence all the botched up looking clips in your dog park ) and may want you to book in for a full groom, me personally would be more than happy to do it, and also teach my customer how to do it themselves, if you see a good hair cut ask them which groomer they use. Hope this helps.

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    By the way did you hear 1/2 ts tomato paste every day helps tear stain? I have tried but not dramatic effect but he smells like tomato paste!!!!
    Hi Hachna,

    gosh i have never heard that before but then again i am quite new to the dog owner's club

    sounds a bit like an old wives tale to me though....

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    Hi Hachna

    i have a maltese x s/tzu and I always struggled with stains around the eyes and general grooming and even ventured down the path of grooming him myself and found that he would wriggle heaps and made it really difficult, howver i found a good groomer nearby and now go to her on a regular basis.

    she tells me that he is great and very enthusiastic(not sure on the translation of this)
    despite me having initial reservations about him wriggling too much or not liking strangers very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogkennels09 View Post
    Hi Hachna

    i have a maltese x s/tzu and I always struggled with stains around the eyes and general grooming and even ventured down the path of grooming him myself and found that he would wriggle heaps and made it really difficult, howver i found a good groomer nearby and now go to her on a regular basis.

    she tells me that he is great and very enthusiastic(not sure on the translation of this)
    despite me having initial reservations about him wriggling too much or not liking strangers very much
    Wiggling i can put up with that but biting.....well.....since then i developed a new trick to trim off tear line around eyes and works well. ATM he looks so cute as I get better with teddy bear look????. Seriously cute.

    TGIF....Have a good weekend!!!
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    Hi Hachna. Tomato paste won't work.

    Sometimes stains from tears or saliva can be casued by an over acid system.

    What can work better is a teaspoon of Apple Cider vinegar in his water bowl. Make sure it's the good apple vinegar and not normal vinegar.

    You can also try buying a little battery operated trimmer just for his face. They are often less noisy and scary than the normal bigger trimmers.

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