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Well I have both now and I wanted to make some observations. In puppyhood, I don't know if it's the breeding or the fact that she's a girl but Mia is easier to train to do things for me. She's very eager to please and very obedient. If I give her a verbal "ehh" warning she immediately responds and backs off. I can use that for her jumping up, picking up things she's not supposed to, trying to rush into the house before me, rough housing inside, and any number of things and she responds instantly. Harry is a smart dude but he's not as responsive as Mia is and she's only 5 months old. I'm wondering if it's a girl thing or a Mia thing and if I could explore that through obedience classe?

It will be challenging trying to make it to class on time when my husband gets out at 6:00 and classes start at 6:30 but I can do my best and this is a good sponge age to get started.
 

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It is hard to compare Greta and Cooper because of the age difference and maturity level. But looking back, Greta is definitely more responsive then Cooper was at her age. She is also a big copycat so she is learning alot from him. But also I have to take in consideration when Cooper was that age I didn't have another spoo. But in he last month Cooper has been very responsive to all commands, due to practicing alot of discipline. He seems to be so much more willing to please. Alot of what was going on with him was he was jealous, he was showing some dominate behavior, wanting to be in control and also going into his adulthood.
Last week-end we were at my son's ballgame and he was off leash most of the time and he was perfect....now Greta was another story:eek:hwell: We definitely got some work ahead of us.
But just from how you describe Mia, she will probably be the star of the obedience class. :)
 

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Oh have the same life with our spoos! Mia is the copycat eager to pleaser and Harry had some issues having the new girl that wouldn't back down. We've worked on some things and life seems a lot easier at this point. I'm sure there will come a time I get stumped again but I am happy with both of my dogs. Mia is like having your second child in the sense that you don't fret as much and are much more relaxed and they benefit from that independence.
 

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LOL I have found the exact opposite with my dogs. I've had 2 males and 2 females in the past 20 years and I find the males MUCH more willing to please me than the girls are. Maybe because they are "mama's boys" and the girls have a more of a "wild-child" streak in them? But, when I compare the poodle breed (in general) to other dogs in my obedience classes, the poodles (regardless of being male or female) definitely outdo the other breeds.
 

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They say girls are smarter!! Maybe this applies to dogs too. I find it similar in my home too BUT I will say this - the boys seem to be more driven, meaning if they want it, they come off much smarter lol!
 

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LOL I have found the exact opposite with my dogs. I've had 2 males and 2 females in the past 20 years and I find the males MUCH more willing to please me than the girls are. Maybe because they are "mama's boys" and the girls have a more of a "wild-child" streak in them? But, when I compare the poodle breed (in general) to other dogs in my obedience classes, the poodles (regardless of being male or female) definitely outdo the other breeds.
I am totally with you on this!!! I find males MUCH easier to live with and much more devoted and eager to please. If people call me and are undecided which sex they want, I always try to talk them into a boy, and figure they will get a lot more years of complete loyalty from a boy! I love my ladies, but the boys win for me, hands down.
 

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I've always prefered male dogs..to me they seem more laid back. It hasn't quite been true with the poodles but for most other dogs it definately has been. I was raised with German Shepherds and the males always seemed to make the better "family dog" type pets while your females were the better guard/alert dogs. Our male shepherd was content to just sun bathe and maybe bark at a squirrel or two but the female I have now...god forbid there is someone half a mile away screaming where she can hear, you can be sure she will bark and let the world know it's approaching. She's also quite a diva..she guards her treats, her crate, her bowl, if she's near it..it's hers..she's not aggressive to other dogs really but she does "herd" them away from her stuff.

As far as the poodles go...Vega is much easier to train and more of a people pleaser..he's also more social..this could be because i've had him since he was a puppy and he went to obedience training as well as the grooming shops i've worked in and has been very well socialized.

Dodger is kind of flakey..she might come up to a stranger and let them pet her but only if she finds them worthy of her attention. She likes to tease people..she will come within 4-5 inches and then dart away when people try to pet her unless I stand near her she will let anyone come up.

She's very skittish of random things, but I didn't have her until she was already a little over a year old so I don't know if she was ever socialized all that much but who knows. I think she was more of a country dog and just wasn't used to city life with traffic and lots of people. She has calmed down a lot since we moved to North Carolina.

The poodles in general seem very different from other breeds all together...it's kind of weird..like at the dog park meet up all the poodles were playing with eachother and kind of ignoring all the other dogs around them.

Also my poodles will share bones, food with eachother but not with my other dogs. Vega and Dodger will sometimes eat out of the same bowl and then both switch to the other bowl and share that one as well. It's a pain..i have to seperate them to avoid this.
 

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I guess mine are just the odd balls. I do find Mia to be more bossy but no one in my home is the HBIC but me so I always snap her out of it if I see it. If I'm not there Harry is on his own.;) Harry is the one that barks at any little noise or if someone comes to the house he has to alert us. He loves people when they get close enough to pet him but he's always on alert mode. Mia will potty immediately and Harry has to find the right spot and spread his poop all over the place and that's with him neutered.

I honestly think that people should match their dog to their own personality. I think that Harry is more clingy whereas Mia is more independent and I like that independence because I'm that way, my kids are more that way, and that's just how things flow around here.
 

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I could do without the girls totally. I love all my boys much much more. I used to only have girls because my mother and grandmother told me that boys hump and pee and bite and were terrible to live with. It took me a long time and a good breeder that talked me into my first male puppy. I'm hooked now. I still have 3 girls but my boys win my heart.
 

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Yes, it's funny how "everybody" wants a female pup because they've heard all kinds of rotten things about male pups. Love my girls . ... but I ADORE my boys.
 

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I love my boy dogs. I've had both as well and find that my boys are more loyal and like to be WITH me more than the girl dogs did. They were much more independent and off doing their own thing. My boys are always with me and seem to enjoy being with me!

I agree about matching personalities. I like to be needed and I like my dogs to be beside me all the time. I like to snuggle and go for walks. I like to know where they are all the time. That's just me though!
 

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Ive had both males and females in my life but only One Stanard so far and from what ive seen he is more of the people pleaser attitude, i almost adopted a female and she seemed to be all over the place. This could of been due to lack of training though. I love my boy and he listens SO well. I do think that my next one will be a female though, so Mister can have a woman lol.
 
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