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They seem to respond more to physical corrections than the rest. The rest have seemed to respond to finesse. I have a physical disability, and prefer finesse to physical.

This is going to be hard to explain, but I think what you're feeling is a physical thing. I find that different breeds take a different kind of physical focus and balance from a handler. I find my center of gravity is lower when handling a lab or a rottie than it is when handling a golden or a gsd or dobe. It's hard to explain, kind of a matter of how much focused energy I have to maintain to keep the dog responding to my body language instead of having me responding to the dog. Told you it was hard to explain :-)
Back to Brittanys - there are 5 in the SF area competing in Open and Utility and I often work with them. They're all fine obedience dogs, but not for a handler who is inattentive. In terms of handling "feel", I find the Brittanys I know to be very similar to the NSDTRs I know, and like working both breeds. Like riding a jet plane instead of a tank.
Lynn K.
This is normal for a puppy. Get a pop or beer can, put five pennies in it. Tape the opening of the can with some tape. When the puppy nips shake the can first and then say OFF.

Thereby interrupting the immediate behavior but doing absolutely nothing to teach the pup bite inhibition or what behavior is desired instead.
Lynn K.
Thanks. I will look into puppy classes - I think our local place only starts them at 12 weeks though ... a walk up the street? (she has had only one set of shots with the second set later this week)

Talk to your vet about it. It really varies what risks there are for your dog. When I lived in a different area, they had had several cases of parvo and were recommending that you not take your dog out at all until it had had all its shots. But in this area, there haven't been any disease scares so the vet here just gave precautions to use if taking a puppy out.
You can wear her out in other ways, like playing fetching games with her, inside the house. If you really think she is tired, though, better to have soothing activities. That is my preference that close to bedtime anyway. Do the stuff that wears her out earlier in the day and then save just before bedtime for giving long belly rubs or other things she loves but sits still for and that relax her. Right now, my dogs are in piles all over the floor around me keeping an eye out but not moving much. Lots of running around earlier and now is settle down and relax time. They like routine so if you do it that way every day, you're dog will soon calm herself down as it gets closer to bedtime.

Paula
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