You might think because a small dog is small that means less clipping, right? Small dog equals a small amount of hair and less work... Not necessarily!
Small dogs come in all sorts of hair types; long, short, undercoat, curly, wavy, straight, soft, coarse, furry, and hairy. There are so many different clipping requirements for different breeds and crossbreeds of small dogs that understanding how to clip your small dog can be a bit of a challenge.
Many small dog owners opt for what is commonly called a "puppy clip". Although there are variations of this cut, basically, a puppy clip is a short all over clipping. Other methods of clipping involve leaving some areas of the body longer than others--often the face, tail, tummy, and legs are left longer to create an attractive appearance that is specific to that dog's breed and hair type. Doing some research on what types of clipping will work well for your dog's breed, appearance, and hair coat prior to clipping your small dog is recommended so you have a plan. You may even want to consult with a professional for advice. Also, depending on how small your dog is, tools such as clippers with smaller heads or smaller brushes may be easier to work with. See what options are available to you and get the right tools before starting clipping your small dog.