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Coton Connection, Issue #077 - How to deal with Coton grooming nightmares
January 31, 2018
Welcome Coton Lovers:

Happy Belated New year

I made it! I got the January newsletter published in January just in the nick of time. I was traveling early in the month and then there was a scary technical problem on the website to deal with. But I love happy endings and everything worked out perfectly.

I'm looking forward to another year of Coton connections.

How to deal with Coton grooming nightmares

The dreaded grooming nightmare. It's happened to all of us at one time or another, whether it's simply a bad haircut (maybe your Coton ends up looking like a poodle like Luc did) or a more drastic problem like severe matting leading to being shaved, or even worse, a grooming injury. Then, of course, there's the emotional trauma (for you and your Coton). Does your dog get anxious at the groomer? Do you get stressed?

Injuries aside, almost all grooming problems are temporary. So, relax and know that everything will be okay. You're not alone. We've all been there.

How to deal with your grooming nightmare:

  • Relax. Cotons are sensitive and will pick up on your guilt, anger, or anxiety. If you're stressed at the grooming salon, chances are your dog will also become agitated. This one bad experience could lead to a lifetime of stressful grooming appointments. You'll find the best solutions from a calm state; not one of anger or worry.

  • Decide if there's anything you can do NOW to change the situation. Agonizing about your dog's shaved body or lousy haircut won't change anything. BUT, you can make sure it never happens again, right?

  • So, how can you prevent future bad haircuts or shaving incidents? How can you stop matting from becoming so serious that shaving becomes the best option? Sometimes it's a matter of changing your grooming routine or finding great products to make bathing and brushing easier. Other times it's having better communication with your groomer, helping them to understand the Coton coat and what you expect. And unfortunately, there are horrible groomers out there, and you might need to find another one. Some of our visitors have started self-grooming because of awful salon experiences.

    -You can hear from other visitors who have experienced the dreaded shaving here.

    -You can also find solutions to common grooming issues in order prevent this from happening again.

    -You might even decide a puppy cut is right for your Coton. I have Luc in a puppy cut most of the time because his allergies can lead to scratching which can lead to matting. And as you can see from the photos on this page, Cotons look adorable with puppy cuts.

  • Let it go. It's not your fault. The Coton coat isn't always easy, especially during the blowing coat phase. According to a poll on our website, matting is the most common grooming problem for our visitors. So leave the guilt and worry behind. You're not alone.

You can also find more help at this general Coton grooming page.

Celebrations and Shoutouts

Happy Birthday Wishes:

Happy Birthday to all our Coton friends who celebrate birthdays in January.


Name Gender Home Town Birth date
Seminole Female Pensacola, FL 1/1/11
Bevo Male Woodlands, TX 1/3/12
Bailey Male Grayslake, IL 1/5/11
Theodore Male Canada 1/5/11
Qtip Male Union, NJ 1/5/13
Kyra Female Rocklin, CA 1/7/12
Cassi Female 1/8/10
Olivia Female Leominster, MA 1/9/09
Eleana Female Leominster, MA 1/9/09
Angelique Female San Diego, CA 1/9
Truffle Female Las Vegas, NV 1/10/10
Naya Female Santa Rosa, CA 1/10/10
Emma Female 1/11/11
Dottie Female Plainwell, MI 1/12/14
Arlo Brighton, Co 1/14/16
Athena Female 1/15/10
Wishes Female Tumwater, WA 1/16/12
Mirabella Female Columbus, OH 1/17/05
Barney Male Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 1/18/11
Gleason Male Centereach, NY 1/18/13
Barkley Male 1/23/10
Quinn Westland, MI 1/23/13
Candy Female Kirkwood, MO 1/26/11
Coco Female 1/27/08

Want your Coton to get special birthday attention? It's easy; just join our Birthday Club.

Special Shoutouts and belated celebrations
  • Arlo from Brighton, CO was 2 on 1/16. Arlo's mom, Amanda says "Arlo is my first Coton. A rescue and a total sweetheart!"

  • Maggie Maie from Arrington, VA was 3 on 12/20 - and just missed getting her name in the December newsletter, but her mom said she had a big party with the grandchildren, so I'm sure she received plenty of love and attention.

  • Happy belated birthday to Tulie from Ohio who turned one on December 9th.

  • Cuddly Madison Marie Crews (Maddie) turned 8 on December 14th.

  • Precious Sophie turned 2 on December 15th. I'm so sorry I missed your birthday in last month's e-zine. We can see from the photo below that you are a much loved Coton and I'm sure you had lots of hugs and treats on your big day.

    Please let me know if you'd like your dog to get special love and attention in our newsletter or if you'd like your Coton event or meetup group to be shared here.

    Coton Meetup Reminder

    Find other Coton families near you!

    Wow, over 250 of you have signed up. Has anyone made any connections? Tell us about it on our Facebook page or on the Coton de Tulear Care web site.

    You can find the Meetup Page here. The password is cotondog

    Don't be shy - reach and contact someone. You know we all love to talk about our dogs, so others will be glad you took the first step to reach out. You can set up play dates or just discuss your favorite "Coton-friendly" local businesses such as vets, groomers, pet sitters, and stores.

    Add your dog to the list here.

    NOTE: You only need to sign up once

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    Gale and Luc

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