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Coton Connection, Issue #082 - Mischievous Cotons
September 11, 2018
|Welcome Coton Lovers:
Mischievous CotonsHow is it possible that the summer's almost over? I say that every year - lol. I hope everyone in the Carolinas are safe from the storm. Being from Florida, I know how traumatizing hurricanes can be.
Luc and I are finally settled in our new home. I didn't realize how stressful moving would be for my pets. Getting pulled out of their normal environment and their daily routine was difficult and I'm so glad to see that they are now adjusted and thriving in their new home.
During the transition, there were some behavior issues that popped up that I haven't seen in years - unprovoked barking, house training issues, and separation anxiety. Fortunately, these were quickly resolved once Luc got used to his new surroundings and started feeling safe in his new home and neighborhood. I made sure to spend lots of quality time with him and didn't leave him alone for any length of time.
I know I'm not alone in my experience with sudden behavior changes. I've received several emails lately from perplexed Coton owners who want to know why their usually well behaved dog is suddenly extra naughty.
When you have a new puppy, it's expected that your dog will misbehave since they haven't even learned what good behavior is. But when an adult dog suddenly starts acting out, it's time for us to investigate why.
First, it's important to rule out medical reasons. If your dog suddenly starts peeing in the house or biting or barking excessively, there may be a physical reason.
But many times, the behavior change can be linked to a specific environment change - major changes to daily routine such as a move, new people or pets in the home, being left alone more often, boredom from lack of exercise, play, or mental stimulation, changes in diet, etc.
And of course once you pinpoint the reason for the sudden naughtiness, it's your job to find a solution. Working more hours? You can start doggy daycare or hire dog walkers. New people in the house? Make sure you carve out extra time with you and your Coton so she feels safe and loved. Boredom? Ugh - this is a recipe for disaster. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise, have interactive toys on hand, and socialize your dog by taking him with you as you're out in the world if possible. Changes in diet? Be observant to how your Coton reacts to any new food. When I switched Luc to a homemade anti-inflammatory diet, the changes were dramatic - he had more energy and his joints didn't seem to bother him anymore so he was more active.
There's always a reason for sudden changes in behavior - it's your dog's way of communicating something is wrong. But the good news is that it's usually short term and easily rectified.
Celebrations and Shoutouts
Happy Birthday Wishes:
Happy Birthday to all Cotons who celebrate this month as well as all the birthdays we missed in August since I missed a newsletter).
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Special Shout outs
Coton Meetup Reminder
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.
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