Hi! I'm new to this site, and this is my first post. I got my little girl Scout from a breeder when she was 12 weeks old. She will be 17 weeks old on Sunday. She's my first dog ever, and so there's some things that may be normal puppy behavior, but are worrying me.
She bites. A LOT. I've read that GSD are little landsharks when they are puppies but I'm just so scared that this phase will never end. She bites me practically all the time (seriously, there are hardly any breaks during the day), except for the rare moments when she's sleepy and very sweet. She lunges at my legs and clothes when I'm getting dressed, and she's even lunged and bitten my face a few times. It's never been hard enough to break the skin, and I believe she's doing it playfully, but I just want this behavior to stop. I've literally tried everything (yelping, holding her muzzle gently, time outs, the loud clanging, redirection with a toy, etc) and nothing really sticks with her. She seems to bite because she always wants to be playing, but I just need reassurance that this phase will pass! Also, when I try to stop her from biting, she will usually snap her jaws at me and bark. The time-out method seems to work the best out of any of them, so I'm going to continue with that... Is this normal? My friends and family don't really like being around her because she is so mouthy and hyper, which makes me sad. When they are puppies, do they just bite everything and everyone 24/7? She's very difficult to be around and play with because of this.
Also, she gets a lot of exercise, 3-5 walks per day (30 minutes for each walk, and she's tired on the way home) and she also is in training classes and goes to doggy daycare, which tires her out. She's just a really hyper puppy
Other than that, she's an incredibly smart dog and I love her so much. Thanks for your replies, sorry for the length!!