Jakota, yes to everythin and positive attention.
Jag, Each day I'd say he gets an hour to 2 hours of exercise consisting of fetch, find the bone outside, and just plain runnin around outside. We live in country. He doesn't leave the yard. He is an indoor dog. We work full time during the week. So he stays in mud room with his kennel door open. This can be 8 hours a day 5 days a week. Sometimes less. Sometimes one of us comes home for lunch. I always have bones for him and chew toys. Some are always available (like his stuffed animals). Bones he has to work for. So when we are home we don't use the crate much as he has already been hangin in mud room for the day. Wish it wasn't this way but it is what it is.
So if everything I'm doing is wrong, what's right. Seems all even the days with lots of fun things and mental and physical stimulation don't change the biting and acting in control. So then what?
And of course he has good moments and days, but I'm nor as concerned about those..
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Hi! Do not get the feeling that "everyting that you do is wrong" - it isn't!
Don't blame yourself for your dog "biting" you like he does. MANY GSD's are very mouthy and love to use their mouths with their owners. The trick is to teach them when, where and how it mght be acceptable.
Unless you are willing to use CONSIDERABLE force to correct him (and I do not recommend it at all for a puppy who clearly is trying to get you or hubby to play with him); do not use force of any type to correct the behavior as he is very likely to consider you just escalating the physical game!
Redirect him, take away as many opportunities for the bad behavior, and one thing that worked for our very rough playing male GSD was to use the "OW" verbal thing when he did it and then we would ignore him totally (very difficult to do when he is being so cute usually!).
BTW, our now 5yo guy will still try sometimes to grab our hand when we are walking along and he loves to play VERY rough (some neighbors think he is viscious even with us!) when we get him going.
And as a puppy my sister in law came to visit and was playing with him and he got a little rough (about 5 mo) and she got irritated and pushed him with both hands - "WOW" "FUN" you could just see these words in his little doggy brain and he roared and tried so hard to jump on her! We didn't let him, but it was obvious that he thought it would be great to play rough with her!
And today he is so under control that I have a trick with him in that I let him take a 1" long biscuit right from between my lips as I bend down to him!
You ought to see the reaction from people!
So hang in there and keep working with your puppy - this is a fixable behavior!