Clipping face of puppies
Some of my puppies have been calm right off the bat when I clip them and others start screaming their heads off. I always make sure my clippers are cool, I press the blade against my cheek to see if I can tolerate the heat. I have saved up so I have at least 2 of each size of clipper blade, so that I can switch blades when they start getting warm. I also have the spray to cool the blades down. With puppies that scream, I turn the clippers to the back side and rub them with the back side of the clipper, so that they get used to the vibration. I used to train horses and I watched the Australian trainer Clint Anderson, and when a horse freaked out he would keep doing what he was doing until they stopped freaking out. He would say "heartattacks are free". So when the puppy stops screaming and is calm, I reward the puppy and let him rest for a few seconds and then rub the backside of the clippers on him again, and wait until he calms down and I stop and he gets a reward. I reward good behavior not bad and the puppies learn to stay calm much faster than trying to baby them into being good. Poodles are like horses they can sense if you are trying to fool them into something. Stay calm, talk soothingly and don't give up.