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Coton Connection, Issue #082 - Mischievous Cotons
September 11, 2018
Welcome Coton Lovers:

Mischievous Cotons

How 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).


Name Gender Home Town Birth date
Triscuit Female Canton, PA August
Nala Female 8/1/12
Teddy Male Surprise, AZ 8/4/03
Frosty Peachtree City, GA 8/5/08
Tully Male Escondido, CA 8/7/11
Nala Female Memphis, TN 8/7/12
Heidi Female Tomball, TX 8/8/05
Poppy 8/8/11
Biscuit 8/8/12
Pinkerton Male London, UK 8/8/13
Sadie Female Parksville, BC, Canada 8/9/11
Sophie Female San Juan, PR 8/10
Walter Male Belfast, Northern Ireland 8/12/15
Ozzy Male Rossville, GA 8/14/09
Mia Female Jacksonville, FL 8/14
Petey Male Newport News, VA 8/15/11
LuLu Belle Female Spartanburg. SC 8/16/10
Casper Male Spartanburg, SC 8/16/10
Bailey Female Torrance, CA 8/16/10
Pip Male Wassaga Beach, Ontario,Ca 8/16/16
Maddie Female Glendale, AZ 8/18
Cassidy Female Cherry Hill, NJ 8/19/07
Cotton Female Florida 8/19/10
Lola Female Jordan, NY 8/21/12
Emma Female Ontario, Canada 8/22/11
Socrates Male Rochester Hills, MI 8/22/14
Connie Female England 8/22/11
Socrates Male Rochester Hills, MI 8/22/14
Soffee Female Grantwood Village, MO 8/27/10
Griffin Female 8/28/09
Izzie Pierre Male La Center, WA 8/28/12
Nina Female Riverton, WY 8/29/11
Chewie Male Kettering, OH 8/29/12
Hope Female La Tuna Canyon, CA 8/29/15


Name Gender Home Town Birth date
Daisy Female Maryland 9/1/11
Maxwell Male Conshohocken, PA 9/4/13
Missy Female Powell, OH 9/5/10
Dusty Female Kutztown, PA 9/7
Ella Female Oaks, CA 9/8/14
Jude and Lucy Female (sisters) Durham, NC 9/9/10
Callie Female San Francisco, CA 9/12/10
Luci Female 9/12/09
Jackson Male Leeds, ME 9/10/12
Teddy Male Brick, NJ 9/13/13
Jingle Female Nashville, TN 9/15/10
Mia Female Santa Rosa, CA 9/18/10
Lilly Female Rogers, AR 9/19/07
Beau (Bojangles) Male Illinois 9/20/10
Mati (Mathilda) Female Wenatchee, WA 9/21/10
Rosie Female Cornelius, NC 9/22/10
Rudy Male Newtown, PA 9/22/15
Imy Female Austin, TX 9/23/06
Oliver Wendell Holmes Male Chatsworth, CA 9/24/10
Izzie Female Goodyear, AZ 9/28/10
Webster Male Vancouver, WA 9/28/11

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

Special Shout outs

  • Happy belated birthday to Sprocket from Hastings, NE. She was one on July 11th and loves the outdoors.

  • Nala's mom, Barbara, gives her extra treats on her birthday. She's from Memphis, TN and was born on 8/7/12.

  • New puppy, Sunny Boy, was born on 5/18/18 and sister Penny Lane is "a real kisser" but mom, Denise didn't tell us when her birthday is. They're from Interlaken, NJ.

  • T-Rex, also a new puppy, was born on 4/17/18. His mom, Sally, is celebrating that her new pup has come to live with her in Oregon.

  • Dusty from Kutztown, PA celebrated her birthday on Sept 7th. She loves to do seven tricks daily for her favorite treat.

  • Maddie from Glendale, AZ celebrated her birthday on 8/18. She came to her new family after they sadly lost two dogs within 6 months to old age. Mom Susie says "Maddie made/makes us laugh so much and she is so loving. She is just what we needed. Maddie usually gets a pretty nice birthday party as her birthday is the same as mine! August 18th!! She was meant to be ours."

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.

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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.

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