6 month old Coton

by Sandra
(Arrington, VA, USA)

My Coton is 6 months old --- potty training went great when we brought her home. We started doing some remodeling in the house to one room and ever since she has times that she doesn't go to her potty pads. Also she started having to pee more often if people are around or if she is in a different place. She is so particular that she will only pee on a pad once and when I put the new one down, she has to pee on it immediately - as if to mark it. Is there something to be concerned about?

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Jul 22, 2015
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Pee Pee Pad patterns. . . NEW
by: Reenie & CoCo

CoCo uses his PerPee pads only once. If there is even a little pee on them he will NOT use them again. i place two pads on the floor. He reserves one for his poo and the other for pee. If either is used he'll find another room to go to (on my carpet!).

I've learned to keep the pads changed at ALL TIMES.

Recently CoCo quit using his pee pee pads altogether. He reverted to three messes ON MY BED! I was freaked. He never did this prior.

I study his behavior patterns regularly. Was there stress? Was diet changed? What upset him?

Awe, I got it. I installed TWO NEW CLOSET DOORS right beside his pee pee pads. I went from reflective mirror doors to white glass doors (non reflective). I then OPENED the two closet doors (as they were regularly open prior) and his pee pee pad habits returned to normal.

For some strange reason Coton's resist change. This is good to know in puppy training. Do the SAME thing each day and the Coton puppy will hold that pattern forever.

As for a used pee pee pad? Well, CoCo woke me too early a few days ago. I told him to use the paddies as mommy was still sleeping - no morning walk yet! But CoCo wouldn't stop licking my mouth - a sign he wants outside NOW! I was so tired, I just said "CoCo, if the paddies are full just go use the
toilet".

He left me alone thereafter and I fell back to sleep.

A few hours later I got up to go pee pee myself. Right in front of the toilet was CoCo poops! (yes the pee pee paddies were already used). Just amazing!

I think to myself, if this dog is that intelligent to understand brand new commands spoken only once in a sleepy voice, then they must be equally sensitive. . . Sensitive to stress, sensitive to change.

As for markings, my CoCo will INSTINCTUALLY mark his area so I ensure to expand his area OUTDOORS! Even if we travel, I allow him to make his markings OUTSIDE! Most owners with issues of markings inside a home is because the dog is not permitted to go outside.

Coton's sense of WHERE THEY ARE is as to their markings. I ensure CoCo's HOME includes a vast area including a yard or garden outside. I remind him each day "this is your home" so that he has a sense of a yard and a house as his "home".

CoCo (age one) does not do markings inside the house!


Jul 16, 2015
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pee pads NEW
by: Iris

Tuffy only pees once on his pee pad and I replace it,then pretty soon he goes a little more. He goes when I take him out several times a day and seems to think I expect him to do that on the pad because he barks once to call me to see what he did. I go look and praise him then he brings me his Kong for me to give him a treat. He's got me trained.
Tuffy is 7 years old and had calcium oxalate bladder stones and had surgery to remove them but needs to be on special food and those stones could come back, I want him to use the pee pads so I can check for blood, crystals, and stones.
Make sure your dog is drinking a lot of water. It's very important to keep the urine diluted to prevent kidney and bladder diseases
Love , Iris and Tuffy.

Jul 16, 2015
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6 month old NEW
by: sherry cotton candie

Hi Sandra, Sounds to me like you are very lucky your little one is using the pee pads so well. Mine only use them one time also, which from what I read is the way most of them do....As for peeing more often that may be because of the changes and new people in and out of your house. When they get nervous or upset they do pee more.

Just watch the color of the urine to be sure no blood or odd color is on the pee pad. Seems you have a really special good puppy. Good luck.

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