Buy the right clippers. Groomers use two types of clippers: standard clippers and small clippers. Standard clippers are used for all around grooming, while small clippers are used on the face, ears, and feet. Or you can buy ordinary dog clippers from your local pet supply store. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

Teach your dog. Before you sit down for a clipping session, get your dog used to the clippers. Let him become familiar with their sight and smell before you turn them on. Next, power the clippers on and let your dog become familiar with the noise. Give him some treats while he’s listening to the buzz to help him realize the clippers are a good thing.

Wash the dog. Give your dog a bath and let him dry thoroughly before you clip him. Avoid clipping a dirty dog if at all possible. The dirt will clog the clippers and make your job difficult.

Go with the grain. When clipping the coat, go with the hair, not against it.

Provide breaks. If your grooming session is a long one, give your dog a few breaks throughout the process.

Give rewards. Once you’ve completed the clipping, tell your dog what a good boy he is and give him treats and praise.