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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-30-2020, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Need help trimming puppy face hair

Boomer is 18 weeks and his eyes are practically hidden with his beautiful hair. Need directions on how to properly trim his face or recommendations on a video I can watch. I'm an inexperienced first time pup parent and I dont want to ruin his beautiful coat.
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Love this post! I need help too! I clipped a little between the eyes, because it was in Harley's eyes and made them tear, I'm afraid of making her look silly by clipping it wrong. She is also so squirmy that it makes it hard to snip in the right place. She can't see a groomer until after her rabies, which is a few weeks out.
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It really depends on what you want to do. If you start to clip between their eyes, you HAVE to keep it up. OFTEN. The little pokey ends will be forever growing out and poking them in the eyes.

Or... you can get through it ONCE, and let it lay down. Then, whether you keep them in a long coat or a puppy cut, it won't poke them. Both Kodi and Pixel are in puppy cuts, Pixel in a fairly short cut, Kodi in a long puppy cut. I do NOT cut the hair between their eyes or on the bridge of their nose. I let it lay down naturally. I only trim the hair OVER their eyes. That way, as it grows out, there is nothing to poke them in the eyes.

Of course, if you are intending to keep them in show coat, it is important to NEVER cut the hair around their eyes. Then you just have to "suffer through it" until they have enough hair to put up into their first, ridiculous, "unicorn" bow or "devils horns". The reward is you eventually end up with a girl or boy with a gorgeous adult Havanese coat!

But my main point with ALL of these photos is that in not ONE of them have any of my dogs had any hair trimmed between their eyes or on the tops of their muzzles.
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Good advice --thanks!

[QUOTE=krandall;1456412]It really depends on what you want to do. If you start to clip between their eyes, you HAVE to keep it up. OFTEN. The little pokey ends will be forever growing out and poking them in the eyes.

Or... you can get through it ONCE, and let it lay down. Then, whether you keep them in a long coat or a puppy cut, it won't poke them. Both Kodi and Pixel are in puppy cuts, Pixel in a fairly short cut, Kodi in a long puppy cut. I do NOT cut the hair between their eyes or on the bridge of their nose. I let it lay down naturally. I only trim the hair OVER their eyes. That way, as it grows out, there is nothing to poke them in the eyes.


Thanks for the very helpful comments. I do not want to keep him in a show coat but want him to look like a havanese! I will just be patient and wait for it to lay down. I love the pics of your babies....they are so beautiful!
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I just had mine groomed today, a very overdue appointment. I completely forgot to ask her not to trim between his eyes. He was finally growing out the broken pieces from the bad hair elastics I used months ago. Iím kicking myself for forgetting, but I have to admit, itís so nice to be able to see his eyes so clearly. Itís going to be harder to resist the temptation to keep trimming this time around.

I think trimming between the eyes looks best when itís blended into ears and head that are a bit longer. To me it preserves the Havanese look better.
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I just had mine groomed today, a very overdue appointment. I completely forgot to ask her not to trim between his eyes. He was finally growing out the broken pieces from the bad hair elastics I used months ago. Iím kicking myself for forgetting, but I have to admit, itís so nice to be able to see his eyes so clearly. Itís going to be harder to resist the temptation to keep trimming this time around.

I think trimming between the eyes looks best when itís blended into ears and head that are a bit longer. To me it preserves the Havanese look better.
Thanks...do you have a picture of your baby with the grooming that was done? BTW, based on your profile picture, your baby looks so similar to Boomer!
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I keep meaning to take pictures! It was dark when we picked him up, since the groomer is in the neighborhood and takes appointments in the evenings. DD did get this one though. If you look really close, you can see that his topknot is very clean and orderly, but the bridge of his nose is hidden.
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I keep meaning to take pictures! It was dark when we picked him up, since the groomer is in the neighborhood and takes appointments in the evenings. DD did get this one though. If you look really close, you can see that his topknot is very clean and orderly, but the bridge of his nose is hidden.
Love that topknot. Boomer would probably pull out the band and eat it! BTW, is that the same dog as the one on your profile picture? Boomer is a red sable and looks so much like your profile pic but I'm wondering how his color will change. Your baby is beautiful!
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Yes, he has lightened, but this picture is also washed out. Itís on a white desk next to a window AND since DD took it, it might have a filter. I saved it from a text she sent me and when I turned off the Live Photo to post it I noticed it looked even lighter.
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Love the picture! Jodie sleeps on every electronic device she can find. Iím in the middle of trimming Jodie to a more medium coat so Iíll have my own pics and call for help soon. The other 2 are still in puppy cuts and I use stainless steel cuticle scissors around their eyes-very carefully. Since JoJo is asleep so much I really have to keep a lot of hair around his eyes very short. Above all, the key is practice, practice, practice.
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