Unfortunately get to I see many images of Papillons with paws looking like those in the pic below:
Please, do your dog a favor and trim his paws; especially between his toes, as well his pads (underneath). Your Pap will have better traction, bring less dirt into your home. Moisture on his paws will dissipate more quickly.
U ask how to trim the paws of my Papillon/Phalene.
First, let me mention that I am not a professional groomer.
I will show you here my:"make do" style. I do brush and take care of my Papi's feet often, but I am not a perfectionist, and not a groomer.
But they always look neat and clean to the most part, and I have gotten a lot of compliments on their clean looks.
I am not going here into nail clipping either. The best is for you to have that shown at a vet's office, or grooming place. But if you do know already have experience in nail clipping but your dog gives you trouble to let you get to his paws by wiggling and jumping, a dog grooming hammock might be the solution to the problem.
Sometimes I use just the shears, and sometimes I use the clippers + shears. So, if you just have a nice, sharp set of shears, it will do. But be careful not to cut into the paw pads!!
Trim all hair around the paw, in an oval shape, just like the paw's shape is. Some people prefer to leave some of the hair above the tows a little longer, to show the "spaniel breed" in the dogs. I prefer to round it off all the way.
To have your Papillon's dainty small legs, and paws show their best appearance, you should incorporate the "hock trimming".
Article and pics coming later.....