AJ is a lovely 9yo boy with a lot of life in him! He has moderate energy needs and enjoys walks and games, but is also very happy to cuddle up and watch movies. During his trainer evaluation session he was a very quick study and picked up new skills like go to bed, and touch (when you present your hand and say touch he will boop it with his nose) two very useful skills for around the house for managing him when he’s feeling scared. But he could learn any number of new skills and tricks, the sky’s the limit for this bright Poodle! True to his poodle genes, and apparently “superior bloodlines” according to his AKC registration papers!
AJ is also a sensitive guy and will definitely need an understanding, and patient home. AJ struggles with anxiety in certain situations. This may have always been a part of his personality but it’s easy to understand how the upheaval in his life would have inflamed this issue. As well, there is a good chance that his diabetes and gradually diminishing eyesight is contributing. He’s unsure of new people, particularly those who might be loud or make a lot of sudden movements. He also tends to startle easily when tired or sleeping. In many situations he has simply responded by growling, which we do not mind, it is so much better for him to express his discomfort in certain situations with his words rather than escalate. Unfortunately, he’s also escalated and used his teeth on a number of occasions. It’s important to be transparent about this, but it’s also important to appreciate these instances in context. He has done this when he has felt scared, or threatened. When he is feeling safe he is a lovely, cuddly gent with a load of potential. Any prospective adopters will need to be prepared to be patient to earn his trust.