Well, I've been trying to train some good heeling, and by doing do I get Sunni to follow the hand with treats in it. However, he tends to get overexcited and bites/nips. A lot. And its really painful. The problem is that if I let him know he hurt me, he looses all his confidence and stops wanting to learn and repeat what hurt me. So, I guess I just suck it up and be a tough, strong woman? Thats probably the answer. Or maybe get some gloves? That may make it harder to handle the treats though. I can't throw them on the ground either, or else he will become the monster sniffing dog. I can't really keep the exercises calm either, he just isn't that type of dog. He adores working in itself and has a lot of drive, so I don't think I could manage to calm him down either. Not even that i'm using high value rewards, its just literally a couple of pieces of kibble. Rewarding him when he is calm may work perhaps, but I don't think he would actually be calm. Oh well, this here is only to talk about my pain. Aparently Malinois are called Malingators for a reason, if Sunnis overexcited nips hurt me this much, I wonder what it would be like with a malinois! Actually, I don't want to know thinking about it. Yeah, I should "man up" (no sexism here, just a saying) I could try to train him in a way which could involve less overexcitement, like training him to keep his nose to my hand, but I guess I like this method more as it works with him better. I don't think I want to change my technique to train him, I'm just complaining about how it hurts Anyone else have this problem? On good news, got an agility competition on sunday! Should be great fun, hope the weather turns out good!