At last, it's time to bring out the clippers. While you can cut all of your dogs hair with scissors, this would drag out the haircut longer than it needs to be. Electric clippers aren't difficult to use once you're used to them.
Once you choose your clippers, it's also important to give your dog time to become used to them too. Let your dog hear the sound of the clippers beforehand so he isn't startled by both the noise and the haircut itself.
Choose a quiet location where there will be no sudden noises or distractions to startle your dog. If possible, enlist a family member or friend to help. Having another person to hold and calm your dog when necessary can make the process a lot easier.
Start from the back of the neck and move down the body. It's most efficient to go from the neck and make your way down to the back leg on one side first, and then switch to the other side.
Cut in the same direction that your dog's hair grows using slow strokes. Going in the wrong direction produces unnatural looking lines in your dog's fur. On our dog's underside, it's okay and sometimes easier to cut in the opposite direction of your dog's growth.
Avoid pushing too hard or moving the clippers too quickly, which can result in louder noises and startle the dog.
If some areas of your dog's body look uneven, you can try using a slicker brush. Brush your dog's fur in the opposite direction to fluff it up, and then use the clippers to go over that area again.
Once you've shaved down your dog's body, you can use the clipper along the sides of your dog's face, if she's not too nervous. For the rest of the face, you need to proceed more carefully.