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Hello all, I have been visiting this site for about 7mnths now, never posted anything until now, there is soooo much great information to be found on here that I spend most of the time thumbing the threads.

My furbaby is Valentino, he will be 6 mnths old this month. Until now everything has been great, I can not ask for a baby w/ a better disposition. He is just the most wonderful laid back little guy ever. Potty training is @ 99%, socially he is doing well though he seems more anxious to meet other dogs then the other dogs to meet him, but keep telling him he needs to be a little more subtle.

My question is this, I bath n groom Valentino myself, nails, ears ect I plan to keep him in a long coat however the hair around his eyes does seem to be giving him a problem. He lets me put his hair in a top not however the hair fr the nose down is a little wonky and all over the place. His eye weep has seemed to get a lil worse n this morning there was hair stuck in his right eye.

Those of you who keep your Hav's in a long coat how or what do you trim around the eyes to keep it irritant free yet not alter the long coat look. I keep wanting to trim it but I am afraid if I trim it will it make it worse, meaning when it starts growing back in,will it irritate him more.

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Oh, another Valentino!

Welcome Renee!

I don't trim around the eyes, because once you start trimming, it grows out funny and then you have to wait until it is long enough to clip again, and has to be maintained. I clean any goop out in the morning and then take a tight-toothed comb (flea combs work great for this) and comb the hair downward on either side of the muzzle.
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Sometimes it helps to use a little product to hold the flyaways down on the muzzle.
You can use hairspray on your fingers and slick it down or a tiny bit of gel. I would try to use that sparingly so it doesnt get clumpy or flaky. You can even use a little bit of conditioner to weigh it down.

Tito's face was trimmed by a grommer long ago and it ruined his muzzle for awhile. It has finally grown enough to stay down, so do what Kim says and dont trim anything if you can.

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I agree, don't trim, it won't help you. My breeder announced at Posh's pick up day with a smile that she had just trimmed her eyes. Doh! It took a few month's to get those hairs to grow and lie down properly. In the meantime I used hair gel and that worked well. Also, it seemed as her hair grew that braiding it actually caught more of her stray eye hairs than a regular topknot pony.
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Originally Posted by EstrellaVila View Post
Tito's face was trimmed by a grommer long ago and it ruined his muzzle for awhile. It has finally grown enough to stay down, so do what Kim says and dont trim anything if you can.
Darn groomers! They did that on Rufus too, and I especially told them NOT to trim around his eyes! It takes a long time to grown it back in and right about now it's headed for his eyes. Try and bear with it while it grows out. Once it gets some lenth the hair stays down much nicer whike if you cut it, you will either have to keep cutting it or grow it out all over again!
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Welcome to the forum! Just give it time as to the muzzle hair. I think it is about 10 months that you will find it lays down and you don't have to mess with it. It is just kind of like when I cut my bangs and then I had that weird in between stage of growing them out. I just had to make myself not mess with them and it fixed itself!


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Welcome Renee and Valentino. Would love to see more pictures of that cute little pup. I trim around the eyes, but it is true. Once you start, you have to keep up with it. Right now I am letting the hair grown out again. I like Kodi with it shorter around the eyes and Shelby with it longer.

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What is it with groomers, do they go deaf when you say DO NOT TRIM BETEEN THE EYES.... I have even said do not touch his head or face and sure enough grrrr.

Welcome Renee and thanks for letting us grumble over our pups hair being cut near the eyes, be patient it is well worth it if you can wait and let it grow. Valentino looks like a cutie, got any more pictures you can share.

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Welcome to the forum. Goodness it took you a long time to post. LOL (laugh out loud) One other trick is to take those short hairs and gather in small (3/8") latex band and position between the eyes. Looks really funny but does keep those short but growing hairs out of the eyes. Just make sure you cut the bands out, not pull, or you'll end up pulling out some hair. PM me if you need a link to cheap rubber bands and scissors. Not being stingy with the info here folks, the reference is buried somewhere on the computer and I'm feeling lazy.

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