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Different dogs have different ideas of what high value is. Mine like hot dog slices cooked in the microwave (in a single layer on paper towels—it just takes a minute or two, depending on what brand you're using and how many you cook) until they're kinda leathery—they make crunchy little disks once they cool off. Or bits of dried sliced salami, or liverwurst. Some like string cheese, bits of cooked meat, cooked chicken liver—I've heard of some dogs who practically do jumping jacks for things like watermelon, apples, bananas or berries. It should be something they really like, and the only time they get it is when you are training (or accustoming them to something they're finding difficult—like nail trimming)
Just give a tiny bit at a time, just enough for them to taste the flavor, basically, especially if the treat is high salt or fat, and remember to subtract the calories in the treat from their normal dog food if you end up giving a fair amount. If you're trying a new treat out, something that is quite different from his normal diet, I would just try a little at first to make sure it doesn't upset his digestion.
Keep the treat right in front of his nose so he can lie there and nibble as you handle his feet; pinch the treat between your fingers or hold it in your fist to make it hard for him to get it all in one big glumph. Otherwise you'll have him jumping all over trying to reach you (well, really the treat will be what he is after) and he may even get your hand instead of the treat if he gets too excited.
At some point, you might want to try dremeling instead of using clippers—once they are accustomed to it, dogs seem to like it better (clippers pinch, I gather.) But that usually takes a bit to get them accustomed to the noise and vibration, so he needs to be totally OK with having his feet touched before you try something like that.
I'll add the bit about your android phone to the question thread I sent admin. I don't use a phone to get online, so I can't help you much.
Last edited by melbrod; 08-08-2020 at 07:34 PM.