Wick, how do you recommend doing a time out? (:
We got a Exercise pen for our dining room and any time he bit on us I would say no bite and put him in there. He learned within a day that he was put in isolation if he did that and stopped biting almost completely (every now and then he will get too excited but it is very rare)! It was a miracle. We didn't even have to leave the room or anything because honestly if they can't be on you or playing with you they are devastated lol.
When it was clear that just saying no was not working to stop him from other things (such as his love for carpet eating and chewing table legs) and he got more upset when we used force (just pulling him off gently) I used the trick again...I would say no, if he did it again I would say no again and put him in the pen. Again it worked like a charm, we haven't had anything ruined since and double positive...he now knows "no" and anything he does that we don't like ( that we don't have a command for) he will stop immediately! It was so cool how quick it worked. He actually now loves the ex-pen and we only use it for outside since we dont have a fenced yard and he likes to just watch the birds. This is really good also because you can put him in there and leave the room and know he is safe and it's big enough that he can play comfortably by himself.
Some people use a spare room or the bathroom for this trick (ex-pens can be around 60$) This obviously didn't work for us because he would eat the carpet/anything wood which is dangerous... but if it works for you thats good...the only thing I can think of with that is that we (and you) leave the room at times when they arent in trouble too...so I thought it was good that he could tell that he was in there and couldn't play for a reason...because he was in trouble. It also helps keep him from thinking that you leaving the room means he is in troube (hello huge problems down the road with separation anxiety).
I obviously don't know if that stuff is true lol but it made sense to me
My name is Rose by the way and I hope you end up enjoying this forum as much as I do, I felt weird at first when I joined too, but you will quickly make GSD friends
I have made two wonderful friends already.. and the forum is now a serious addiction! Good luck with your baby girl when does she come home?? I wish that I had asked all these Qs before I got a puppy lol because he was such a shock the first few weeks!!! I had read blogs and researched...but somehow they did not portray exactly how crazy puppies are!! (maybe because they were talking about puppies in general and not GSDs in particular lol) If you ever want to chat feel free to message me !
EDIT: If only the rest of his training was this simple... yikes!!