I find that if you do use clippers, it's important to use sharp ones. Blunt blades means you need to press harder, and more pressure on the quick inside, so more pain/discomfort.
For dogs with black nails, if you go VERY carefully, a good trick no to quick them is to cut the front of the nail, small slice by small slice, until you see a small circle with a white outline -that usually means that the quick is near, and it's close enough so that the quick receeds.
And make sure to wear a shirt with a high collar, finding nail bits in your bra really sucks.
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