LET IT SNOW!
I love Michigan. I'm one of those people that gets all bundled up and loves to hike through the snow. This is the first year that I've had a companion, and she absolutely LOVES the snow! We get up at 6AM and head out around 6:45ish AM every morning. She bounces around and just cannot get enough of the lush snow. She has grown into a fantastic companion to walk with. No more pulling on the leash! She totally gets it.
So I learned pretty quickly that grabbing her snout and saying "NO!" was not working for her. It made her far more "Nippy" and hostile. The trainer suggested that we "YIPE!" like a wounded dog, so that she understands that it hurts. Well, that has worked liked a charm! She has eased back on the nipping and feels bad once she realizes that it's hurting you.
Bottom Line - EXERCISE!
Over the past few weeks, we've noticed that the few times that Coco is a total stinker is when she's not getting enough exercise. She get's quite a bit, with 3 walks per day. But there was a lazy Saturday where I just wanted to lounge on the couch and watch Netflix. THAT was the Saturday where she turned into a bratty teenager. 95% of the time, she gets more than enough exercise and those are the days that she follows commands and sleeps through the night.