Trimming Dog Ears with Human Ear Hair Trimmer? | Yahoo Answers
Many dogs have some longer, often fuzzy hair just above the hocks. Use thinning shears with the grain of the hair to trim this off entirely.
This is perhaps the easiest part of grooming a Shih Tzu as you will usually need nothing more than a doggie nail clipper and a pair of round tipped shears. With your Shih Tzu on its side push the hair away from the toes and gently spread them apart with your thumb. Make certain that you dont trim down too close to the quick (the pink part of the toenail that contains nerves and blood vessels) but keep them trimmed close enough so that the footpad takes the shock of walking and not the nails. Once you have all the nails trimmed nice and even you should check the bottom of the dogs foot and then trim those long hairs growing from between the pads so that they are not long and scraggly.
Not all breeds and coat styles require routine trimming in and around the eyes and ears but all should undergo regular inspection and cleaning around these sensitive areas. Doing so will help prevent the development of infections that could seriously damage these amazing organs.
It is always important to routinely clean your dog's eyes and ears, and examine for potential infections. Small dogs, like Dachshunds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Papillions and Japanese Chins, and dogs with hanging ears like the Saluki, have sensitive ears that need to be checked weekly for infection and cleaned with a cotton ball. Gently wipe a cotton ball moistened with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel in your dog's ear, being careful to avoid the ear canal. Never use a Q-Tip, which could cause damage to the inner ear if your dog suddenly shakes or jerks his head. Bushy hair growth within the ear can be thinned with tweezers or blunt scissors. Use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around the eyes, ears and face. Small dogs like Papillions and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are prone to developing tear stains around their eyes, so clean around their eyes with a cotton ball or soft cloth and use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around their eyes.
Trim the hair around your dog's ears.
Groomers BBS: Nose-hair trimmer for ear hair?
The solution, the anti-ear-plucking camp says, is to keep the hair under the ear flap and on the side of the head trimmed a little more closely, to continue with thorough ear cleanings AND dryings, and to make sure to keep your dog’s ear flaps clean and dry as much as you can at home, since wet ear flaps will make it easier for moisture and bacteria to settle into the ear canal itself.Human ear/nose hair trimmers are predominantly designed for relatively short hair (certainly much shorter than our Bobtails get in their ear canals) and for hair which is relatively "sparse" and hence can be cut one strand at a time. In the case of a dog's ear canal the hair is quite long and the wax causes it to "clump" together. As a result it is likely that the trimmers will "clog" and they will "tear" the hair out in an uncontrolled manner. Because of the amount of hair to be trimmed there is also a good chance that the trimmers will overheat which could lead to burning the ear canal skin.