Some dogs fear getting their nails clipped. This can be a frustrating and fearful situation for owners, who may fear for their own safety or the safety and well-being of their pet. Controlling a nervous dog for the purpose of clipping his nails is relatively simple in theory, but tough in practice. It is a good idea to practice restraint techniques during a time when his nails don't need to be clipped to familiarize him with the procedure, leading to a decrease in anxiety.
Place your dog on a table or raised surface. This ensures you have leverage over the dog and do not have to stoop or bend to hold her.
Position yourself on the side of the table opposite from the nails you are trimming.
Command your dog to lay down. Wrap your arms and upper body over the dog.
Apply a minimal amount of pressure with your forearm to the top of the dog's neck. This keeps the dog's head down as you trim his nails.
Hold the paw in your non-dominant hand and the clipper in your dominant hand as you work. If the dog attempts to stand up, use the leverage afforded by your upper body to keep her stationary.
Position your dog on a table so that you do not have to stoop or bend to restrain him.
Lay the dog on the table. Position the dog on its side, so that the nail you are clipping is toward the top.
Drape your upper body over the dog, using it for leverage to keep the dog laying on its side.
Apply a minimal amount of pressure to the dog's neck with your forearm. This keeps the dog's head from twisting around to yelp, bite or panic.
Hold the trimmer in the hand of the arm you are using to hold the dog's head in place. Hold the paw with your other hand.