Hi , I have a 31/2 year old Standard poodle. I wonder if he needs a companion. We live on the beach - but he doesn't swim. He will go on the paddle board, or canoe and sit very still and be taken for a ride, but doesn't like his feet wet, unless to cool off. He doesn't really retrieve - he will a couple of times- maybe, if he feels like it, but would rather be chased, preferably another dog and especially if he has taken their ball. He chooses not to eat until he has exercised! is not food motivated at all. He goes for a walk for an hour, or more in the morning, and 45mins at night, a large part of it off lead. I have to watch for small children, particularly babies as he is fascinated by them, and will have selective hearing, the same with other dogs - has to say hello to everybody on the beach - and is generally very friendly ( if bouncy) . He has a lot of energy. I am taking him to agility - but doesn't do it madly keenly like the others in the group. When it became more intricate he seemed to perk up ,but even then only did it a couple of times before returning to a plod.He is well behaved there though in spite of all the dogs around. He doesn't really cuddle. Kisses me in the morning. Seems quite contained. I sometimes refer to him as The Count - as he looks so regal. I wish he would interact with me on a walk, sometimes he will play hide and seek - but really is on the look out for another dog. The other day he played beautifully with a one year old English cocker spaniel and I thought perhaps I could get him a pal. Or will I be making a bigger problem. Any advice gratefully received.