Just wanted to share something curious about my now 9 month old Poodle Kid. Some of you may remember that Mini-Poodle was my husband's idea and he was brought into out lives to heal our shattered hearts after losing our 4 year old Dalmatian and then 8 year old English Pointer 2 week apart in March. Going from two large dogs - 100 pounds plus between the two of them - to the itty bitty 3 pound fluff ball that entered our house in late April was an adjustment to say the least. One thing bothered me a lot at the beginning. Poodle Kid was a 3 pound macho man - that loved the company of men - the bigger the better - wanted to play rough and was incredibly mouthy (to the point of ripping sweaters and drawing blood). The one thing he couldn't stand was cuddling or being carried (as if it was emasculating him). Fast forward to today and we just spent the morning cuddling in the bed. He is still a little macho man - but he has discovered that getting your belly and your ears rubbed doesn't exactly suck. He seeks out cuddles and kisses from everybody in the house and even strangers. He was taught that hugs are good (many treats - many clicks and jackpots) I train all my dogs hugging = jackpots because out in the real world many kids rush up to hug your dog (you wouldn't believe how many parents think that this is cute - especially with a huge Dalmatian). So wanted to share this since I sometimes read posts by newbies that are a bit disappointed that their Poodle pups are not as cuddly and affectionate as they like... just give it time..