We are certified trainers seeking to provide families with well-tempered dogs through rescue work, ethical breeding, & more.
Interested in a Puppy?
We breed medium sized (moyen) poodles with an emphasis on service work and cavapoos.
Why choose an ethically bred dog?
For some families, the puppy stage is important. They desire to bond with their new family member from the very beginning. The puppy stage is a precious, unique time in your dog's life and some families don't want to miss the experience!
We also typically recommend a puppy if you are looking for a service dog. We believe that selectively breeding for temperament plus an emphasis on early training and socialization gives a pup the best odds of success as a future service dog. While we have found some amazing rescue dogs over the years, there are also many dogs who have significant socialization deficits that are difficult to overcome. At the end of the day, if your goal is service work or higher level training, the odds of success are higher when starting with an intentionally bred puppy.
We start our puppies on their path to success on day 3 when we introduce early neurological stimulation (ENS) and we continue with a rigorous socialization curriculum (BAB) throughout their 8-9 weeks with us.
As certified trainers, we know exactly what we are looking for and hand select our parent dogs based on confident, trainable, and gentle temperaments. We carefully screen our parent dogs (genetics and breed-recommended OFAs) to ensure that their health matches their excellence in temperament.
Interested in a Trained Adult Dog?
We rescue Standard Poodles & Doodles and extensively train them for 3-10 weeks. Check out our Available Dogs page for current trainees.
Why choose a rescued and trained dog?
Our heart has and always will be with dogs needing a home. In addition to the obvious benefit of helping a dog in need, many families prefer to skip the puppy stage and jump straight into owning a more mature dog.
In particular, when adopting with us, you will be receiving a professionally trained dog so you can avoid the notorious difficulties surrounding potty-training, crate-training, etc. and welcome home a dog already knowing a great deal about his/her personality.
Our training program is geared toward having our dogs pass the Canine Good Citizen test. This is a great precursor (and often a requirement) for most therapy dog evaluations. Many of our trained adult dogs have already proven they have what it takes to go on and be a therapy dog so they are likely able to be certified with their new handler sooner than if starting with a young puppy.
A well-trained dog is not a perfect dog and you can still expect some challenges especially during the transition period, but we are here to help! We will continue to guide you after you get your dog and offer additional free training sessions (Within a 30 mile radius of Charlotte, NC) to make sure your dog's trained skills transfer!