Oofph, me again! Sorry, I feel like I ask a lot of questions!
I had a question on how to handle nipping on the face.
Ever since bringing Dallas home when he was 9-10 weeks old, I've had an issue with him nipping my face (and now my husband and brother-in-law's faces). It started whenever I'd have to pick him up to take him up or downstairs, usually upstairs back to our flat. I assumed at the time that he did it because he didn't want to go back inside. The way I solved this was, when he was a few months old, I stopped carrying him upstairs and just had him walk.
He's 7 months old now, almost 8 months. The nipping the face had died down. Not entirely, but it has died down compared to when we brought him home. Typically, Dallas will nip on the face if he's on the couch with us. He does this funny/weird "rawr rawr rawr" as if he's full of beans and nips me on the face. He never does this when he's calm, but usually when he's wanting to play or just wants something in general.
My brother-in-law was just over and likes to play a bit rough with Dallas. (Getting on the floor with him, kind of wrestling). Dallas nipped him on the chin and drew blood. So, I know that was actually more my brother-in-law's fault for playing rough. Even my brother-in-law said that. However, this nipping has got to stop. I'm worried it could do more damage - plus, it's just not pleasant to be nipped I'm not sure how to get him to quit. What we have been doing is just saying "ah-ah!" or "no!" and stop playing with him or push him off the couch if he has done it while on the couch. This doesn't seem to be having any effect. I mean, we've been doing that since we brought him home and he's still nipping!
I don't feel this is out of aggression because he never snarls, growls, bares his teeth, etc. It is really like a crocodile snap, I think I've seen someone describe it as before. I know for sure it isn't a full-blown bite either because he would do a lot more damage than a pinch to the skin (or the slight cut my brother-in-law had - it wasn't deep at all).
We take him to play fetch and have a nice, big run around at the beach and/or the park every day for at least a total of 2 hours, some days longer, so I feel like exercise isn't the problem.
Anyway, any advice would be great!