Poodle, Standard Question

I just inherited a 13 yr old male small poodle(9-13lbs). It was my grandmother's, then my moms...


I just inherited a 13 yr old male small poodle(9-13lbs). It was my grandmother's, then my moms and now mine. He has extreme separation anxiety and always wants on my lap. He was potty trained on a throw rug. Also, he thinks he should sleep on the bed... I can't trust him because he will urinate on the carpet if he gets down. He is also a finiky (sp) eater. He was fed from the table and I don't even do that with my dog. I work all day and have had to crate him because he is destructive. I promised my mom I would take him but I can't keep cleaning up and fixing things. He truly needs to be with a retired person who stays home. suggestions?

    In Poodle, Standard - Asked by Anonymous - 4/2/2011 9:40:26 AM
We adopted two standard poodles as pups and it did take some time to re orient them to our schedules and they do want to do what is expected. There is a trainer here that we have heard of that took a dog that had bad behavior for one whole month before returning it to it's owner for doggy boot camp. My suggestion is to find a local pet shop who has knowledge about retraining. Believe me, the poodles are very smart and we are amazed how much our two "kids" can understand. Any age can be re oriented to your lifestyle and will live up to around 18 years if in good health. Ours are almost two years old now and have learned to respond to many one word commands or phrases - we take them running beside us while on a bike, gets their anxiety levels down. Take a good walk in the morning then when you get off of work. We do this and can leave them in a crate for 4=6 hrs no issues and they prefer crate as it is like their cave.
    Answered by Anonymous - 4/19/2011 11:29:55 AM