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Coton Connection, Issue #014 - This Could Save Your Coton's Life
February 08, 2011
Welcome Coton Lovers:

Does your Coton come when you call?

My neighbor's dog was recently hit by a car. Trixie is okay, but had to have 2 surgeries which were very expensive and very traumatic for my neighbor as well as the dog. This accident could have totally been avoided if Trixie had been trained properly to come when called. She ran out of the yard and did not respond to my neighbor's repeated commands to come back.

Teaching your Coton to come when you call every time can prevent tragedy and it's actually one of the easiest commands to teach if you're consistent with the training.

So in honor of Trixie, I'm including one of Doggy Dan's lessons on how to get your dog to come when called........

My Dog Doesn’t Come When I Call by Doggy Dan
One of the most common complaints is “my dog doesn’t come when I call”. Training the recall is one of the funniest of all dog-training exercises because we do so much completely wrong! Let me explain.

This is what we want to achieve: When we call our dog “here Bella” we want Bella to come sprinting as fast as she can to us.

Now, in order to achieve this we must make “here Bella” the best command in the world. With the best result and rewards at the end!

So here are some tips!

  • Never call your dog if you are thinking of telling her off! You can undo months and months of hard work training your dog to come by telling her off just once. Suddenly coming when you call could be a really bad move!

  • 9 times out of 10 make sure that your dog has a good experience when she comes if you call you. On the 10th recall if you need to put your dog on a leash then do so.

  • When you call your dog to you think of coming as more of a “check in with me” than a “I am calling you to stop what you are doing”.

  • Use a long line to keep control of your dog if you are unsure. A long line is a piece of line or rope that can be as long as you like that lies on the ground but you keep within reach!

  • If your dog hates returning to the car then reward your dog back at the car with water and a small feed and things will soon turn around!

The basic formula to any good recall training is:

  1. CALL your dog to you, then
  2. REWARD your dog within 2 seconds and then immediately
  3. RELEASE your dog.

In order to make your dog enjoy the experience you should learn the power of using affection and attention by withholding it and only giving it as a reward. This is one of the most powerful tools available to us and yet we get it all so wrong by giving the dog attention whenever they want and wondering why they don’t come when we call them!

Doggy Dan, The Online Dog Trainer

Do you groom your Coton yourself?

As you know, there's very limited information available for do-it-yourself Coton groomers out there. Terri from Colorado Coton Kennel has provided these wonderful videos. Enjoy!

Watch the Coton de Tulear Dog Grooming Videos Here

Happy Birthday Cotons!

Happy Birthday wishes go out to special Cotons who celebrated recent birthdays:

  • Truffle - 1/10
  • Barkley - 1/23
  • Jasmine - 2/1

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