Dance is absolutely awful with nails. She squeaks and yelps and jerks and is just an all around brat, even before the dremel turns on. Honestly, the only thing that worked is laying her flat on her side, pressed against the back of our livingroom couch so that she feels like she can't squirm her way out as easily, and then I have my own way of stretching her legs so that they're not as mobile and jerky (works well, but hard to explain). It's still hard, and she hates it, but no amount of treats made even a bit of difference. And it's a fact of life that needs to be done, so we just get it done regardless of how she feels about it. Which might make me sound mean, but sometimes things just have to be done whether they want it to be or not. I can do anything else with her feet and she's perfectly fine. So forcing her to get her nails done certainly didn't make her foot shy in any other way. She just doesn't like nail clippers or the dremel. So, I'd try to find a way to hold him so that he can't jerk away as easily and reinforce himself, and feed him lots as you go. The Dobermans aren't a fan of nail time either, but they tolerate it. They jerk a bit and I have to watch for the kangaroo kick of the back legs sometimes, but they lay nicely overall and I feed them treats intermittently. And then there's Journey who just lays there like jello for the most part, super relaxed. Thank goodness.