Thought I'd start a new thread on this one. Benson had been 'launching' himself at me and nipping my clothing. I had a session with our trainer and had managed to get his behaviour on camera the previous evening to show what was happening. Several things came out; about what I was doing (to make it worse) and how to stop it. Firstly what I was doing - too much movement, hands, body etc with too many words, so essentially I was rewarding his behaviour with 'exciting' attention. So..... I have slowed my movements down, use fewer words and when I can see he is over-stimulated, I am calm and slow with him and so far this has really helped (as an on-going approach). But! The trainer (James) showed me what to do as an exercise - he excitedly (James, not Benson) leant over Benson and called him to jump up, which Benson duly did, then he crossed his arms to his shoulders and turned his head sideways (no contact). When B sat, James repeated this. He did it about five times before Benson did not jump (you could see him override the urge) and then James rewarded him. He repeated the exercise about three times, each time B reduced his jumping until eventually he didn't jump at all and got a reward straight away. I have practiced this three times since and the last time Benson looked at me and walked away ('I'm not playing that game'). Since then, he has barely jumped up at me at all and when he does, I simply fold my arms and turn my head - he stops. Brilliant! I have to say that it has not totally translated to strangers, but he is certainly improving. Hope this is helpful to anyone with a similar problem. So relieved I have a 'normal puppy' and not a ...... well, I haven't, so ..... Benson's happy, I'm happy. Onwards!