Are your poodles stubborn? Rufus has a stubborn streak a mile wide. When I tell him to sit, he will if he wants to. If he doesn't, then he just looks at me like he didn't hear me (his hearing is fine.) He is not motivated by food.
I work with him and get him to do it. I was just wondering if this is a Poodle thing.
I do not believe this to be a poodle thing, but to be a sign of intelligence. An animal that thinks for itself will test its owner and try to get away with a lot of things. When the owner shows the dog that he/she is the leader of the pack, the dog will usually become submissive. I think it is wonderful that you make Rufus do what you want him to do and not let him fool you.