You’ve got the tool lined up. You and your dog are relaxed. You’re ready.
You’re going to shave a tiny sliver off. When you do, take a moment to celebrate a little. Some happy-talk and food (petting normally doesn’t go over well at this point – just get to the good stuff – the food.) and either take a break if your dog needs it, or continue working on the next nail.
You can do one nail a day. There’s no rule about doing all the nails in one sitting! In fact, that’s one easy way to make a dog more sensitive and stressed. Take breaks, go easy, go at your dog’s pace.
Some people do two nails a day or five nails a day. It’s going to vary based on how much your dog can tolerate and enjoy.