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I've never had a dog that's been scared of getting their nails cut, but
they have never liked it much. I just forced them to anyway. When
nail-cutting time came they had to, and no flinching, wriggling or whining
could get them out of it. They soon learned that it was just something
they had to do.

When someone else tried to clip my previous basset's claws, she kept
flinching and the person cutting got insecure and no nails were cut.
The dog just got worse and worse and would after a couple of times
refuse the treatment. After I had forced her through the procedure
a couple of times, she accepted it again. Patience , stubborness and
a firm demeanor is essential.

What I'm trying to say is that successful claw cutting depends on both
the confidence of the one cutting and the one being cut, but if your dog
is scared, and not only reluctant, you should not force it, then it only makes
things worse.
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