Thank you for your input, I really appreciate it. We have had our boy since a pup and he hasn't ever been interested in ruggered play and really just like big runs (we have family with acreage). We don't have kids and we take him around children from time to time at parks or at beaches but never playing football or anything too rigorous which I now recognise got him really excited and wanting to play.
Appreciate hearing all about your hounds and experiences. I've always had dogs, just never a GS so find forums like this so helpful.