Below is a video that may help you.
(Please note, that I am not advertising the food in any way, I just found the video informative.)
Personally, I bought a very good quality clipper...like the style shown in the video. (I don't like the guillotine style...I feel that they actually twist the nail.) Since many of my dogs nails are also black, I do trim a little bit at a time. Especially if I have let the nails grow too long (bad mom), I trim all the nails in small increments. I have found that if you take too much at once, it causes the dog discomfort and makes it harder to trim the nail. Also, if possible, I have a friend help, not by holding my dog, but by distracting him with a treat, and each time I clip a nail or two, he gets a goody. This has worked very well for us. If I'm alone, I practice the "leave it" commnd with him and have the treat in front of him, but out of his reach, therefore, his focus is again on other things...and when I clip a nail or two, I will tell him to take it. Again, if I let the nails go for a long time, I may trim his nails...each nail, but a little bit a time every week until they are back where they should be (his nails grow really fast.)
Now, with my mother's dog ( a rat terrier) who screams bloody murder in the vets office before anyone even touches him, I have his "daddy" hold him and distract him with treats. Since he is at home, in loving and trusting arms and being fed, he doesn't even peep.
Basically, you have to set it up for the best comfort of you dog...if somebody, including me, tried to hold my dog while his nails were clipped, he would not allow it. Because I let him make the decision on what he wants to focus on...it works for him. This is not to say, that sometimes he is very excited and energetic and it doesn't work. I just wait for another time when he is tired and more likely to sit still.
Hope this helps. Every dog is different when it comes to nail clipping. Just remain calm, don't get frustrated and take it slow. Even if you clip one nail every day...its a start. And always remember...TREATS & LOTS of PRAISE.
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