You have to be VERY careful with dog groomers, check them out thoroughly, as not all are gentle in the way they handle dogs. They could well muzzle him, which may make him even worse, so I would keep trying yourself to clip his nails. Plus if he's not good with new/stranger people, then I personally wouldn't put him through that stress.Still haven't managed to trim Brody's. They are getting really pointy. He also tends to curly his toes down when he gives a paw, so you can really feel them. Or when he gets excited and puts his paws up on my back. A bad habit, I know. He doesn't do it nearly as much as he used to, but the claws are making it so much more annoying. I've never taken a dog to a groomer to get their claws done. How do they handle dogs who really don't like it? I think Brody would have to be muzzled, especially since he is so bad with new people and situations.
Have you tried feeding Brody when clipping his nails. What I do with a 'difficult' dog is to have a handful of high value treats in my hand, close my hand ALMOST over the treats so they have to 'dig' for them. Then whilst they are 'digging' for the treats, I can clip the nails as they forget all about the 'horror' of nail clipping. You may only get one or two nails at a time, don't try to do them all in one hit, and it may help to have a second person holding the treats as described above. Keep try with Brody, it does take time and patience, but eventually he'll at least get to tolerate having his nails clipped.