Michelle I would really be interested in hearing how that works out.
I was thinking with proper training I could get my dog to relax. 80 pounds and hates getting nails cut! When you can get the nail you might get the opportunity to give a treat. Working against what has already been conditioned to be aversive for her is difficult. And she eventually needs them cut so even trying so hard to condition her to like it is hard because setbacks are huge!
I thought that introducing a different method might work because it has no negative experiences attached to it.