Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted March 22, 2016
My mum had a poodle, Pepe, before she met my dad. He died when I was just a little girl and my parents travelled fifty miles to buy Sammy. He was the last in the litter and had been allowed to roam around the breeder's land, meaning he was quite wild. People imagine poodles to be dainty, quiet dogs, but Sammy was full of energy and often barked. He could be quite 'snappy'.
My younger sister and I took him to puppy training classes once a week, which certainly helped.
Sammy liked lots of walks and used to get his lead and bring it to us when he wanted to go out.
One of the reasons my mum liked poodles was because they don't shed hair around the house. Sammy required regular, professional grooming. He absolutely hated having his coat clipped and used to shake and shiver in fear.
Sammy outlived my mum. He reached the grand old age of 18.
Poodles require more attention than some breeds of dogs, but they are worth it. I still think about Sammy - and I'm 50 now!