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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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You have to teach your pup that getting his nails clipped is a GOOD THING..

Start by rewarding him for letting you touch/handle his paws... work up to letting him sniff and smell the pedipaws, and giving him treats when he does so, so he learns that it's a good thing..

then turn on the machine, and more treats... another time, try doing one nail, and treat treat treat.. work your way up. It will be a slow process.
I got super lucky. Took my pup to the vet last night for his last round of puppy shots, and we had the vet show us how to trim his nails as well. He didn't mind a bit! Sat still, and let us go at it! We'll be trying the dremel next time!
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