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May 22, 2007

We left Nokes alone for the first time this weekend. We had some people come over and watch him, Andrea was with him most of the weekend, and Rachel came over to see him too. Rachel commented on how big he was getting.

I think more and more, I wonder how much lab he has in him. I don’t remember when our puppies were growing up, but I don’t remember them being so out of control. We have been really good and consistent in trying to teach him how to behave, not to bite, not to bark, and to stay down. But it isn’t sticking. I really wonder how much lab he has in him, if he has any, because he does have so much energy. More than I remembered the typically puppy having. He is constantly biting or jumping on you, without provocation.

It is interesting to see Sarah get frustrated. Her tolerances are really low, as are mine. The walks don’t seem to calm him down, and Sarah comments he really is like a little kid. When he gets tired he gets more wound up and nippy, like he doesn’t want to lay down. But when he does lay down, everything is fine.

We talked with Brian about some of the things that their obedience training taught them, and we tried some of them tonight. I know I personally hope to seriously look starting next week at enrolling him very soon in something. We don’t want it to get out of control, and it is going in that direction. We can’t have guests over and have him be all over them and having them feel unconfortable.

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