Lack of bonding with new Coton de Tulear

by Zoe
(NC)

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 getting along well with my 7 year old daughter (she growls at her sometimes) and does not act lovingly toward my husband or daughter. Is this typical of the breed?

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Jan 09, 2011
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cotons are sweet
by: Ana Claudia

I don't think it is the breed. My Coton loves everybody, even strangers who come to the house. Keep your work and letting other people feed , play etc., I think it will work. Cotons are adorable.

Jan 08, 2011
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behavior
by: Vickie

I brought My coton home when he was 8 weeks old. He is now 5 months old. Although he is a very loving and kind coton, I find that he and my 8 year old son just do not get along at all. We try to have them sit together and My son has him on his lap and pets him nice. As long as I am there My coton will be so very nice to my son. But as soon as I leave his sight, he will start to growl. I am not happy about this but I am sure that persistence will win. My son loves to feed him and give him treats. But for some reason my coton just does not like him. I am sure he is still just a puppy and thinks he rules the house but we are keeping the rules for him and slow but sure the rules will win.

Jan 08, 2011
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Coton bonding
by: Gale

Congratulations on your new Coton!

I wouldn't say that it's typical behavior for the Coton. Most of the stories you'll read on this site show that the Coton is a very affectionate, happy, easy going dog who loves people and other animals. But, having said that, almost all dogs can develop problems for a whole host of reasons. One of the most common reasons for lack of bonding is that the dog hasn't been socialized properly.

It is so important for young puppies (no matter what breed) to be exposed to a wide variety of people, places and circumstances - and the earlier the better. You want your puppy to feel calm and safe instead of fearful or on guard.

It can help if your daughter and husband are involved somehow in the day to day care of your Coton. Have them take part in feeding her, walking her, giving treats, and playing calmly. Get them involved in training also.

Socialization, training, and lots of patience is the key! Good luck with your new puppy.




Jan 08, 2011
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by: Anonymous

My Coton is a very smart dog, and loves loves kids.

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