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Nail clipping problem

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I have not tried to clip my poms nails until now, since I've only had him 2 weeks. So I tried today and he snaps at me - I tried the pedi paws, but he dosen't like his paws touched much anyway.
So I don't know what to do, he is a very sweet dog, he just does not like his paws fooled with.
Should I muzzle him? I really would rather not, cause I would think this would make him more afraid to have his paws touched at any time, right?
So I don't know which way to go with this...PLEASE HELP!
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I agree w/x3ro.

I found a 2 yr old (vet guessed at age) GSD mix that wasn't good about having her paws touched. I would have her sit then tell her "paw", and pick up her leg and then praise and treat. Also would run my hands over her legs and paws when grooming, rubbing/massaging her. Then I started holding a paw and saying "touch", and touching the nail clippers to one nail, then praise and treat. Gradually built up to clipping one nail (saying "touch" then clip, praise and treat). Now I can easily do all of her nails.
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