After the first three days with the dog, I thought he was really well behaved at home and with the kids. He might have had some behavioral probalems when I tried to confine him or leave him, but he was great in our presence. I'm reconsidering that label of "great" and sticking with "naughty".
That dang dog is getting into everything. I've learned to be concerned if I realize he hasn't been in the room with me for more than 5 minutes. I realized last night that I hadn't seen him for a few minutes and went downstairs to figure out what he was doing. He had knocked a closed tupperware container off my kitchen counter, opened it up (all over my floor), and was proceeding to eat the chicken noodle soup it contained. Bad Dog! I should make him do the mopping. I'm fairly sure he ate some cookies off the counter too.
We've gotten pretty adept at ignoring him or shoving him away when he's pestering us at the dinner table. But yesterday, I had several different little children playing at my house during the day. The dog is bigger than the tots and his size is scary for them. I tried and tried to keep that dog from going over to lick them "hello". I finally put him on a leash and kept him next to me as I chatted with the moms.. What did that dog do? He ate through the leash again. Chevy says "what part of NO CONFINEMENT don't you understand?"
I booked a training class through the Seattle Humane Society that will start in 2 weeks, but how am I going to get through the next two weeks with a dog that can't be out of my sight? If I seriously have to spend my date-night babysitting money on a dog sitter so I can go to the grocery store, I'm gonna be unhappy!
On the up side, he laid by my side and snored while I watched TV last night. I had to turn up the volume a little to hear over the pooch, but I still kinda liked it. =)