I know this is a strange question. I am trying to think of a solution for Conrad as he is a special needs case. Most dogs can handle training to get past a fear issue, in this case it is his fear of having his nails clipped. He shuts down SO badly that I can't reward him at all for even the smallest improvement. We are having to move much slower with this than we need to. His claws are getting overgrown, badly. I know that meds are usually administered by a vet, but I can't get him out of the house yet without scaring the tar out of him. He's making progress and I am afraid that if I crate him, drive him to the vet and he is poked, clipped and the like, that he'll never want to go outside again. I wanted to work him up in stages to riding in the car and going outside. Aside from training and going to a doctor, is there anything I can do to get him to relax for this? Something that will make him sleepy and less likely to go berserk or shake. I am thinking of something like ACE for horses...but appropriate for dogs. I hate to feel like I am looking for a lazy solution or an easy way out, but this is a severe case. I PLAN to get him used to working with his feet, but claws are something that need to be taken care of periodically before the quick grows super long. Wyatt's been having his toenails done (clip first, then moved up to dremel 2x a week) so long that his toenails are short enough that they do not touch the floor when he walks. Conrads are beginning to curl and press his toes upward when he walks. Not to mention being dangerously sharp.