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Please tell me what you mean by holding him down?
I am not sure if you are still online as you have not responded What I am going to suggest is that you train him to sit before he gets any attention and reward that behavior. Holding a dog down physically usually makes things worse. If you can train him to sit and work on other obedience commands he may do better for you. Don't forget he is a rescue and may never have been trained properly. IF he is biting because he wants to play then he may need some dog puzzle type toys rather than fetch because these are mind stimulating. Fetch is more for exercising the body which is also good.
I will await your reply before going futher
When i said held down he was trying to get my attention so i was ignoring him but he jumped up to mouth my face so i held him down while i told him off. he then went on to wee on the spot - he is house trained. he will not listen to me no matter how commanding i am. i feel we are having a real power battle. what worries me if i cannt control how will the children deal with him.
not sure if this will change with him or his nature