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we let our vet do it over the years and never learnt ourselves. the dog is 11 now.
But over the years he has become more anxious and less co operative. Last time the assistants refused to do it as he was trying to bite. He became resustant to muzzling as well.
we are on a plan with the vet by the way. so they periodically check anal glands and nails.
Our first dog. we regret not learning to cut his nails ourselves when he was a pup.
 

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There is a facebook page, Nail Maintenance for Dogs.

I think the group has been closed but the advice files are available and you should find some advice there.

Rather than cutting, some people use a dremel tool to file down the nails or even sandpaper.
 

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There are some helpful videos in this thread as well.

 

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It would also be helpful to do muzzle training with him, away from the vet, so he sees the muzzle as something positive rather than associating it with something bad - not necessarily for claw clipping as it would be better for you to desensitise him to that, but in case he objects to anything else the vet needs to do in future.

Start muzzle training by wiping something like peanut butter (not one with artificial sweeteners), pate or cream cheese in the nose of the muzzle and simply let him lick it. Then build up to holding the straps round his head, to doing them up, and leaving it on for increasing time while doing something fun & distracting.
 
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