Thank you Catherine for your offer. Bracken is a very heavy coated boy and not keen on having his feet trimmed especially the front ones. But the big problem at the moment is due to my back/hip problem, so I am not as flexible as I would like.
In the past I trimmed my two bitches but their coats were much easier to manage and they enjoyed the attention.
I think it would be easier if somebody can hold the dog in a stance similar to a show stance , especially holding the head and you running thinning scissors downward , starting under the ear and all the way to the chest bone in a v shape....it is difficult to explain in writing. For the feet, I find it is easier if the dog is lying down and somebody is distracting them with tit bits while you are trimming the feet. I think there are videos on YouTube showing on how to do it. It is best to trim little at a time rather then too much! You can also do it in several sessions not to annoy the dog too much! :-)