Clipping Dog Nails (Large Dog)

We have a large dog.  He’s a German Shorthaired Pointer.  We have tried a couple times to trim his nails.  Both times required one of us to lay on top of him because of him freaking out.  The second time we did it, he jerked mid-cut and we cut the nail WAY too short.  So, thanks to a friend online, I started looking for ways to alleviate the stress for all three of us.  I think I found the solution:

The first is basically preconditioning, since we’ve already traumatized him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWZUcLfHXLE

And this is how I think we’ll end up having to do it but at least it will be done!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcx-HG7kaGU

I’ll try to remember to post an update.  I first need better nail cutters.  I have those cheap ones that don’t cut cleanly.

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