First off, @ Selzer, as soon as I saw that you were from Ohio, I wondered. BTW, I think the world of his breeder and I am not blaming this a bit on her. I trusted her completely and STILL think the world of her but this is the perfect place for me to express my conerns. Kota has seen two vets already. A GSD is exactly what we are looking for and I adore Kota. I brought my conerns here because even though maybe it didnt' look like playing to me, I am new at this, and so I was hoping some people here could let me know, like you did, that is normal GSD puppy behavior. Because Kota has been such a sweetheart, I thought it would be ok to throw some clothes in a hamper, I was gone for a a few seconds literally, but I do not take that for granted now. Kota has been a sweetheart all day today. I was not compaining about him using the potty in the us, I was just informing all of you who I had told previously, he hadn't had anymore accidents indoors. I am thankful for all that have offered advice/opinions so far. I would not hit my puppy because I've read that you should never do that especially to a GSD. He has gotten nothing but love and praise and some firm " DOWNS, NO'S, and OFF'S. He was brought to a loving home, yes with children, because I want them to grow up together. I wasn't extremely worried about him until the VET said he is severely cowhocked and highly suspects HD, which BTW, he will be sedated and xrayed on Friday. I have looked up all I can on the sire and the dam. The sire checks out with flying colors. Oddly, the only thing I CAN'T find on the dam is her hips. Odd yes, but because I know the integrity and the amazing dogs his breeder has produced, I have not questioned her at all. Out of all the places I looked into and called I told my husband how EXCITED AND FORTUNATE that I was to be getting one of her dogs, at a great price I might add. I'm glad you are defensive of her as well. LIke I said, Kota could have bitten the blood out of us, he could have hurt us if he really wanted to, but it just didn't look like playing to me, but very well, it could have been. I have had him 10 days, he is my first GSD, and I am learning.