Happy to have found this group of knowledgeable poodle lovers. After having three giant breeds, I am going smaller. The dog closest to my heart accompanied me on therapy dog visits. I have enjoyed years of obedience training with all my dogs, some at a competitive level. I enjoy obedience and would like to get further into trick training. If the puppy chosen for me ends up passing CGC and TDI, I would be thrilled. The traits of a poodle seem to be a good fit. With one exception. I’ve read that they can be destructive if left alone. Is it feasible for me as a working person to have a poodle? I’m officially semiretired, but work 3 to 4 days per week. I would be able to work remotely most of the time while he or she is young and sometimes take the dog to work with me. My husband comes home for lunch. At some point the dog would be alone potentially 4 hrs, have a potty break and a little time with my husband, then another 3 hours. Before work and after would be filled with exercise, training and rigorous play. Thank you for your honesty. Exploring poodles.