We use clippers (large size heavy duty open jaw type - not the ones you stick the nail thru the hole) and a course nail file (the black 100 grit type one would use on gel/acrylic nails). Tenaia doesn't mind her mani/pedi at all, but my DH's dog still takes 2 of us - she hates any "beautification" routine, and all her nails are black (plus she has nasty dew claws). What she won't let me cut, I simply file the daylights out of and she is tolerant.
Oddly though, I recently dared to purchase a grooming attachment for my dyson to help with her shedding (she is a lab/border rescue) figuring there woiuld be no way in he$$ she would let me near her with it, but she doesn't seem to really mind it.
Jen - mom to:
Tenaia (F) 11/23/99, dark brindle/docked&natural
Tess 4/18/95-8/21/07, deep fawn/docked&natural
~waiting at the Bridge~Enjoy the sun my beautiful girl!