nothing to fear except for the nip. when my boy was going through the nipping stage i would hold him by the scruff of the neck, raise my voice and say no biting. then i would pet his lips or put my hand in front of his mouth. when nipped again i would repeat my first step. when licked i would praise him and treat him. now he's 1 yr. old and considering he nipped my fingers this morning i not sure if my method worked. i feel asleep on the sofa last night. this morning around 6:00 am he started licking my face while making that whinny sound. as i sat up i put my hand out to get him out of my face. he gave a bark and grabbed my fingers. i knew what he wanted. he wanted to go out. nipping is something they do. your dog will grow out of it.