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The Coton de Tulear is known to be a smart dog who wants nothing more than to please his owner.

BUT.... puppies are like babies. They have to be taught good manners. All puppies have some behavior issues that we have to help them with. Even the mild-mannered, sweet, and gentle Coton dog can have behavior problems if not trained properly.


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    I need help for separation anxiety 
    Should I leave my 22 months old coton de tulear with a pet sitter b/c we are planning a vacation (5to 6 days may be)??He is very attached to me and very …

    Snapping and Eating  
    Hi I have a Coton named Leo and he is nine months old. He has not been eating so he has been throwing up yellow bile and white foam. He is just really …

    housebreaking 
    My 2 year old Coton has now resorted to doing his business in the house. He was fully trained a long time ago. Because I was hospitalized, I sent him …

    Puppy afraid of everything 
    we adopted a 4 1/2 months male Coton from a breeder. The Puppy has been 3 weeks with us and has created a bond with my mother. However, he is very much …

    She's too hyper! 
    We have a 10 month old girl that we got 3 weeks ago. She is already house trained and generally a good puppy but it is VERY hard to get her to calm down. …

    need help for overfriendly 2 year old male coton 
    My male dog Tucker is very very hyper. He is always running up to people, jumping on the and wanting to lick them to death. He also runs after ANYTHING …

    Pooping on the Sofa  
    Sam is a 6 1/2 month old neutered male and was rarely having accidents until a week ago (he would go outside or on his potty pad). Last week we went to …

    Growling 
    My dog growls at me when I go to lift him out of his car seat or when I try to put him to bed.

    Constant wining for attention 
    My dog is mostly well behaved. Sleeps through the night, never an accident in the house. We have 3 daughters but due to joint custody they are not always …

    Worried about separation anxiety 
    We are getting a Coton puppy soon but he will have to be alone for about 4-5 hours a day. We are going to have go to daycare from 11-1 but from 9-11 and …

    Anxiety/ urinating 
    I rescued 2 coton de tulear dogs about a month and a half ago. They're litter mates. Male and female. 5.5 years old. Very sweet, but they are sneaky about …

    Nipping and biting 
    Lately our 3 yr coton is starting to nip at smaller dogs. Not sure why he feels the need to protect us. Today I had him obey my command to sit prior …

    Help for house training! 
    Recently my 4 1/2 year old Coton has started peeing in the house and I can't figure out why. Any suggestions would be helpful because this is a deal breaker …

    Not playing? help 
    We got our puppy yesterday. All she wants to do is be held. She is not interested in any toys on her own. She will do a little tug. I dont want to create …

    Dog purse?  
    Have you ever used a dog purse/bag for your dog? I'm wondering if we had to go in a store, if she could be trained in that way? If so, what kind did you …

    Showing aggression all of a sudden  
    I have a 2 year old Coton. We have had him since he was 4 months old he is sweet all the time but all of a sudden since he turned 2 in March he has been …

    Pulling on leash 
    I have a 5 month old Coton and he is a delight but dreadful on the lead. He pulls so much I think he will choke. He loses interest in treats if I try to …

    Many problems! 
    My Coton will be 4 in March. He is all round a good dog, he is good with my children and does as he's told (in most cases). However we have 3 major issues …

    Another house training question 
    My Coton just turned a year old on Nov 22nd and I still keep her in the crate because she refuses to be house trained it seems. As long as she is in the …

    My Coton is not too smart 
    I read everywhere that Cotons are very intelligent and easy to train. Mine is now 16 wks. She is adorable and loves everyone! But I'm having a hard time …

    Biting Feet 
    My dog George (almost 7 years) keeps chewing and licking his paws until they bleed. The vets say it may have started as an allergy and now turned into …

    Why does puppy eat grass? 
    12 weeks old and while in yard constantly eats grass. Why?

    stress, depression, not affectionate 
    Only got our Coton two days ago and logically I'm just factoring that in, but our lil guy seems a little unaffectionate, eating is a little scarce, and …

    Help with biting 
    I have a 4 month old male. When I got him he somewhat bonded with my husband because my mother got sick and I had to take care of her. She has since passed …

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    All of the above and one or two 
    Our dog passed away last January. I'm starting to get interested in a new companion. I discovered this unusual breed that I keep reading is the "perfect …

    Poop eating!! 
    i have a 10 month old coton and on our walk this morning she ate another dogs poop!! I haven't seen her do this since she was a pup! She usually just sniffs …

    eating and peeing 
    My Coton is almost 6 months old All he cares about is foraging and when given freedom he does not even want to spend time with us. Just go looking around …

    Sleeps alot  
    My 8 week old male puppy sleeps a lot, is that normal?

    aggressive behavior 
    My puppy is only 2 months old but he is very aggressive. He is constantly bktkng us and anything he can get at.He has already drawn blood from me.He doesn't …

    My Coton puppy won't walk on a lead 
    My Coton is 10 weeks old and is refusing to walk on lead. When I put it on him he sits down and won't move, even for treats or toys. I keep the lead loose …

    coton de tulear house training tips 
    My Coton Teenie is now 21 weeks old. I'm essentially crate training him and have him tethered to me or something strong when he's not in his crate. He …

    our coton growls consistently at our other dog 
    How can we get our Coton to stop growling at our other dog? This is non stop behavior. She will growl at her even for walking in the room. I am afraid …

    Doesn't like strangers 
    He wants to bark and growl when he sees someone he doesn't know. I'm actually afraid that he would bite someone, if given the chance. How can we stop …

    Growling question? Looking for advice. 
    Our Coton, Domino (a little over a year and half years old), has begun growling at me (us?) at certain times of the day. This is a new behavior. He growls …

    Glued To Me 
    My 3 month old puppy seems to be glued to me. He wants to be everywhere I am. He seems to like the central location of my office and kitchen. My husband …

    Agression 
    My 5 month old puppy bites and hurts! She can be the most endearing puppy ever but suddenly it's like somebody pulls a switch and she changes. The only …

    Fear of me 
    Hi, Just received a 9 week old male coton. The puppy plays with everybody, except seems fearful of me. I am very playful and love dogs. What could …

    Matking 
    My Louie marks om my sofa and bed. He is 5 years old and just started

    She doesn't like any dog to come into the house  
    Bella came to me when she was 5 yrs old with all her papers since the day done was born. Bella was spayed I believe when she was about 4 yrs old which …

    Do I lock the puppy in the crate at night? 
    I will be getting a puppy soon and plan to get her a crate. I've read that I should put her in a crate at night nearby my bed. I can't seem to find information …

    Pee pad training for mature dog 
    I would like to train my 2-1/2 year old coton to use a pee pad. Up until now we have trained her to go outside and she rings a bell by the door. Since …

    Puppy and Older Dog Training Site 
    I have found a tremendous training resource that I'd like to share. There is a YouTube site called: Kikopup that has a large amount of video training …

    Puts the breaks on when scared.  
    My 6 1/2 month old male coton, Teddy is terrified to ride in the car. As we are approaching the car he puts the brakes on at about 20 feet away. He won't …

    Afraid of kids 
    My Coton is 6 months old, I live in a house only with adults, and every time my dog sees a child he starts barking and hiding... He is afraid of kids, …

    Peeing when excited 
    My pooch, Jasmine, always has a little bit of pee come out when somebody comes into the house. She is so excited to see my son (he lives with me) or …

    my coton is biting.  
    my coton is 3 1/2 years old and for the past year he's been barking much more and showing signs of aggression. he's biting when someone goes to pet him, …

    Help for resource guarding, lunging and snapping :( 
    Hello, Our little guy, Eli is 13 weeks old. When he wants attention he often lunges and snaps. He often will not *give* on a give command...although I …

    Barking at the Dog Park 
    Our Coton (Bode) just turned 1 year old last week. We have started to take him to our local dog park every afternoon after we get home from work to let …

    Barking and aggression towards some dogs 
    My 4 year old Coton barks aggressively at dogs when he sees the dogs in my condo area. I can take him to the pet store and he ignores the dogs there. …

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    Tail Wagging and Jumping or lack there of... 
    Beamer has this beautiful plume of a tail but he seldom wags it. NEVER a full out wag for joy. when he's curious he will kind of do a tick tock motion …

    help for biting a person 
    Our dog doesn't like strangers. We're having an addition added to our house and our dog bit one of the workers. My husband had him on a leash and the …

    Transition from Pee Pad 
    My breeder trained my puppy with a pee pad so even though we trained him to go outside, we continued to use a pad in the kitchen when we went out. At about …

    Taking away the pee pad... 
    My breeder had pee pad trained my puppy Coton so when we got him, we trained him to go outside but when we went out, we left him in the kitchen with a …

    Marking 
    I have a 1 year old Coton and he has been neutered. He seems to find the need to mark everything. Can you give me suggestions on how to deal with this? …

    My Della does not play well with others 
    I am at a loss for words right now usually Della is sweet and quiet but ever since a new dog moved in next door she has been a nuisance to all my neighbors. …

    How do i teach my coton not to run to strangers 
    Every time we go out, when someone walks by she wants to play and run to the stranger, i don't want that :/ . I say 'NO' but she doesn't listen.

    Licking tongue out 
    Why does my dog constantly lick his tongue out of mouth?

    How can i teach my coton to pee outside , she is already used to pee on the newspaper? 
    She knows where to pee when she is at home, but when we go outside, she doesnt want to pee. When we come home she do it.

    Barking  
    He acts as if he's on guard duty. If anyone is walking on the sidewalk across the street from us, he barks and barks. I scold him and tell him to …

    Behavior after neuter 
    My 5 1/2 month old coton got neutered one week ago. His wound looks good and is healing really well. The only thing I am having a problem with is his behavior. …

    He acts aggressive. 
    Our coton is 2 1/2 years old. He loves our immediate family, but acts very aggressive towards our friends and strangers. How can we break this bad habit. …

    Biting 
    My male barks and if someone comes in before I can pick him up he will grab their pants leg and shake it or he will jump up and scratch them or bite them, …

    Fear Aggression. Help 
    Lunges, growls, bites other dogs when on leash on walks, has bitten people if they get too close, aggressive toward visitors in our home. Also excessive …

    How to stop dog from barking 
    My Coton is very kind, loves people and other dogs. She is really adorable, but she barks a lot. Tica is a six month female Coton and she barks a lot, …

    Doggie seems to fear family member 
    My 70+ year old mother wanted to adopt a dog, to keep her company. I spend much of the week with her, looking after basic things. We adopted a Coton from …

    I left my puppydog with my mother for a week and now she is upset with me. 
    I went on a vacation to Spain (it was fun and warm) and left my puppy at my mother's house. My dog is 1½ year old. I came home and drove over to my mom …

    Need advice for walking my dog on a leash 
    Recently, walking my 14 month old Coton de Tulear has become a daily struggle. Beau just goes at 100 miles an hour pulling on the leash and it scares …

    Dog is too protective 
    Our dog only seems to like our family. He doesn't like strangers at all. He barks and barks and barks at them. I'm afraid that he could actually bite …

    Coton de Tulear Separation Anxiety - Help! 
    I adopted my Coton de Tulear "Lola" 4 1/2 months ago from a mill dog rescue group. She is 6 years old and so sweet and good natured. I just love her! …

    Seperation Anxiety and Crate Training 
    Our 4 month old puppy has a hard time when we leave. we crate her, and she always is full of saliva from barking and whining and most of the times she …

    Coton hyper-active at night 
    Bill is our 8 month old Coton de Tulear. At night he becomes very hyper. Not just running and playing but chewing up things, and wanting in and out in …

    Extreme dog humping 
    I have 2 male Cotons, 2 yrs old, from the same litter. One will not stop humping my cats. He goes through spurts where he will be so excited, he shakes …

    Pulling on leash and barks at every dog when walking. 
    Whenever we take our dog for a walk and he sees another dog he starts to bark and pull like crazy to get to the other dog. He is very friendly and just …

    Dog anxiety question 
    Our 5 year old dog becomes very anxious if my wife coughs. She goes outside to the farthest spot from the house and will sit or bark. It's difficult to …

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    My dog doesn't like grass? 
    My 5 year old dog will not go on my backyard grass. She will go if she really has to go potty, but besides that she won't. I live right by a field, so …

    Is my Coton de Tulear okay? 
    I got my Coton de Tulear two months ago from a friend of mine. She was fairly skinny when we got her. She had just gone through a rough few weeks before …

    Coton de Tulear pooping problem 
    I can't seem to get my coton de tulear to stop pooping in the house... Every time I take him out he will pee... Just not poop... I'm thinking of trying …

    Coton de Tulear puppy eating grass 
    When I take my coton de tulear puppy out for walks, he always wants to stop and eat grass... Is this normal? What can I do to stop him?

    Coton de Tulear sleeps all the time 
    My female coton de tulear is 8 weeks old and sleeps all the time....is this normal?

    Dog afraid of crate after traumatic incident 
    My dog sleeps at night in a crate w/no problems for last 4 yrs. He always loved his den and goes in by himself when we are ready to go to bed. Moved …

    Odd Bad Dog Behavior 
    I have an extremely mild mannered dog who loves everyone and wouldn't hurt a fly. But he steals my dirty underwear and turns into a territorial, mean dog …

    Bored? anxious? sad? why does my coton de tulear vomit? 
    My little coton de tulear sometimes vomits. When he is not interested in his food, does not eat, He vomits a yellow foamy liquid. He checks out as healthy, …

    Coton de Tulear is afraid of stairs 
    I just got a 10 month old Coton de Tulear and he won't go down the stairs inside or outside. Any suggestions?

    Dog loves to eat flowers and dirt 
    Help....Help....Our Sophie (5 and 1/2 months old ) loves to eat anything potted this spring and also fresh dirt ready for planting...At this rate we will …

    Coton de Tulear Mouthing 
    My Coton de Tulear likes to grab at our hands and wrists with her mouth. She does not bite or appear aggressive; she just wants to hold on. This happens …

    dog biting and nipping 
    Triscuit is always nipping at her Lab sister's feet, ears, legs, and every other part she can reach. Why does she do that and how do you stop it? Also, …

    aggressive dog behavior 
    My coton de tulear is 13 months old now. He was very protective of our family from day 1. He loves us so much and we love him too. He has always been …

    Does the Coton de Tulear bark a lot? 
    Is the Coton de Tulear a breed that barks too much?

    Dog is biting paws 
    What can I do for dog who is biting front paws?

    Lack of bonding with new Coton de Tulear 
    We just bought a 16 week old Coton from a local Coton breeder who came highly recommended. The dog loves me and has bonded very well with me but is not …

    How do I stop dog from begging? 
    Help, I've created a monster. My Coton is such a good dog; he's very well behaved in every way EXCEPT that he's a beggar. It's totally my fault; I gave …

    Issues about crating your dog and leaving them alone 
    I have written much about Tuffy here at our Coton de Tulear website. Today I read one story about a new Coton owner who has been successful with crating …

    Dog showing dominance 
    My Coton de Tulear is 8 months old. He is extremely protective of me. He does love my husband and my two sons. However, he seems to get jealous when, …

    Too Much kissing and Licking from Coton de Tulear 
    Cody is a 14 month old Coton de Tulear. He is a total joy. Cody loves to lick and kiss you. It is his way of saying he loves you. But sometimes it is too …

    Solutions for dog's separation anxiety 
    Our dog pees when he knows the family is leaving. Multiple children, so it is difficult to cage him prior to leaving. Any ideas?

    Nervous urination in Coton de Tulear 
    My Coton de Tulear is a very loveable good dog. He is potty trained and can hold from 7pm to 8am to go out. Yet he will pee when people talk to him. He …

    Can't get my dog to eat 
    I can’t get my dog (Pomeranian Chihuaua) to eat her dog food. I buy her different kinds to see what she’ll eat and she chooses not to eat. What can I …

    Need help getting my dog to sleep at nite 
    My dog's name is Anubis. She barks too much, she won't eat her dog food, she just wants to be held all the time, and she has her own room but she just …

    Help! My Rescue Julian 
    I rescued Julian from a local rescue organization. Unfortunately, the rescue home he was living in was deplorable. The rescue person states that he …

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    Dog obsessed with a particular toy 
    I have a two year old Scottie,Buchland Terrier mix who has suddenly become obsessed with a rubber toy chicken. I bought the toy two weeks ago and until …

    Dog Thunder Anxiety 
    Hi I wanted to ask a question and share a partial solution I found to my dog's thunder anxiety. My Blanca is 10 years old and she never had this kind …

    My dog is obsessed with toys 
    I have a three year old bitch and she is obsessed with toys. Every time I let her out into the garden to do her business she HAS to take a toy with her …

    Dog Chasing Cars 
    How do I stop my dog from chasing after cars, or people riding by on their bicycles? It is annoying to the driver, and may result in injury to my dog, …

    Does your dog sleep in your bed? 
    We just completed dog obedience training with our 6 month old Coton de Tulear and were told that if we wanted a well trained dog we have to establish leadership …

    Dog is afraid of cars 
    Ever since my dog was a puppy he's been terribly afraid of riding in the car. He'll just cry and cry as if he's in such misery and it just breaks my heart. …

    Stealing house-shoes/slippers 
    My dog is stealing our house-shoes/slippers and runs away with them; if I try to get them, he'll growl and even bite me if I insist. He's a coton mix.

    My Coton de Tulear pulls on her leash 
    Thanks for this wonderful site about the Coton de Tulear. My Coton is 9 months old and she's very smart and has learned obedience training very quickly. …

    Puppy aggressive with 4 year old 
    We have a ten week old coton from a reputable breeder. The pup is super smart, confident and fun. She seems easy to train and has an endearing, sometimes …

    Chasing strangers and nipping at their heels. 
    Hello! I have a delightful coton - Ruby - 16 months old with one problem that I am worried about. When we are out for a walk and I let her off her leash …

    9 yr old female coton de tulear is very aggressive with other dogs 
    My 9 yr old female Coton is very aggressive with other dogs no matter what their size. How can I break her of this problem? We have alot of friendly dogs …

    Housebreaking for Linda in Ontario  Not rated yet
    Here's a picture from Tuffy for your Coton. He cooperated with a sample on his pee pad by the door. Good luck and stay well, and love your Coton.

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