One of the scariest things about grooming your pet is trimming his nails. You can lose your pet's trust by snipping the quick. Your beloved pet might come around to letting you do it without a major protest.
Basic clippers work fine. Buy small clippers for a small dog and big clippers for a big dog. The wrong-size nail clippers can make things hard for you and your pet. A high-tech alternative to the basic nail clipper is a quick-finding clipper that beeps when you get close to the quick. These are great for pets with dark nails.
Lots of vets and groomers use low-voltage hand-held grinder/sanders to trim dogs' nails. Dremels are the most popular nail tool. These grind bits of nail at a time, and the heat they produce helps draw the quick backward. You can use a nail-grinding tool every few days to help shorten your pet's nails faster. Hand-held grinders can be stressful because they make a buzzing noise; your pet may need to adjust to your use of such a tool.