Oakley's about 1, and he's crazy? Some of it is age-related. I wanted to kill my two when they were around a year old. About the twisting, nipping, hysteria - I had one dog who did that - the only thing that worked (long-term) was staying calm and not getting emotionally involved. It's very hard, because you're getting physically hurt and rejected by this dog who's supposed to love you, but if your emotions get involved in one of his outbursts, the situation just gets more out of control. Don't know if this helps, hope your situation improves.