Poodle (Standard) : : Male : : Adult : : Large
DOG LOCATION: Ajax, ON. Luke is a typical poodle full of energy, does the poodle nudge/poke and lifts your hand for a rub and is very affectionate. Luke is high energy and requires lots of exercise, he currently gets 3 walks a day for a total of 10 km (1 in the morning, 1 at noon and 1 in the evening). This allows Luke to settle nicely in the house and curl up in his favorite corner. Luke is good with people and enjoys the interaction and is happy to see them. He has is favorite people when out walking, and will lean up against them for scratches behind his ears. However, he is not a match for small children as he gets too interested in their play and is too rough when joining in. He has no idea of his size and still thinks he is a puppy.
He is selective with other dogs and would probably do well in a home of his own or with a calm dog or senior dog. Luke is learning how to play / engage play properly, this is a work in progress. If a dog does not want to play with him, after a couple of attempts, he will back off.
He is quite calm on a leash, however, certain dogs make him anxious, in particular, ones that stare him down. In a situation like that, it is important to keep him on a short leash so that he does not get behind you and start head-butting you. Otherwise he walks by others dogs quite calmly. He has gotten much better with squirrels (now he just prances by), no interest in birds, but does try to get at the rabbits.
Luke is a pleasure to have in the home, his foster home trusts him 100% when left alone. He is a quiet boy during the day, which is a bonus if you work from home. At night, he curls up on the corner of the bed, and doesn't move until you're ready to get up. He loves bed time and will go up without you if you are taking too long to go to bed. In the mornings, he waits patiently for when you're ready to take him out; even when you put the leash on, he is quite calm. He is also very compliant in having his paws washed and dried after his walks and lifts his legs comically high for them to be dried off.
When Luke is hungry, he will make it very clear that it is mealtime by rattling his dog dish and looking at you expectantly.
In the backyard, he like to do a swan dive off the deck where it seems like he is flying in midair. He loves to chase his ball and bring it back in exchange for another one. He loves to race around the backyard and then get a reward for coming back inside. Because he loves the backyard so much, it is only fair that his forever home have a fully fenced backyard. Again, he has a high prey drive and likes to chase squirrels, rabbits, mice, etc.
We firmly believe that what helps Luke be such a good-boy are his regular walks, the more the better in his opinion. His foster has been taking him on occasional runs, he has very few pit stops and loves the quicker pace. He is a high energy boy and will require a family willing to continue his training.
If you're interested in Luke please email us to start the conversation. Please note we require an adoption application be completed before meeting any of our dogs. Luke's adoption fee is $450.
More about Luke
Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats, Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Somewhat vocal, Hypoallergenic, Requires a yard, Leashtrained, Plays fetch, Likes to play with toys, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Intelligent, Goofy