Coton seperation issues and probably needing to rehome.....
We have a Coton who will be a year next month and we are having a very hard time with him. He is our first coton and everything I read about the breed made me fall in love. We got him at 4 mths old, I dont work and stay at home with my 3 kids (7, 5, and 1) and they love him to death.
Problem is he doesnt want anything to do with them. He is EXTREMLY attached to me. I can understand somewhat since I am home most of the time but he isnt super spoiled. I dont take him everywhere, hold him all the time, and make every move around his needs and never have.
Things are just getting worse the older he gets. He is housebroken (YAY!!) but he cannot stand to let me get out of his sight. He follows me everywhere and when he cannot be right underfoot he whines nonstop! I have my work room with a baby gate (no kids or animals allowed inside) and he just stares at me and whines and whines. He wont go to anyone else (like my husband) when they call him. He wont sleep with my kids in their bed he prefers his crate. I dont/wont let him in my bed but if he cant be next to me he would just assume go to his crate.
There has always been a small problem chewing on the kids toys which I get because of being a puppy but no matter what I do it isnt stopping. I had to go out of town a few months ago and my husband and the kids stayed home and he was here with them. While I was gone he got into the window behind the couch and chewed/scratched a huge hole into the wooden frame. He wasnt alone I just wasnt there. Everytime I step outside he gets in the window and whines and barks and has a fit. I dont make a big deal about him when I leave or come in so that cant be it. He chewed a hole in the wall outside my work room because he couldnt get in there with me. He just sits and stares and whines at me all the time. We play with him and he has TONS of chews and toys.
We have done beginner and intermediate obedience class. He is neutered. We take him on vacation with us. He cannot be left alone in the house unsupervised anymore because now he has chewed into the other window frame. The other day he started chewing on the coffee table right in front of me. I dont know what to do!! I took him to the vet and we decided to try prozac, he has been on it a month with no improvement. The vet said 6 wks and we would wean him off. He has now started running away when we let him out to potty so now he has to go out on a leash. We are adding on to the house so cannot put a fence up until thats done. If I spend more time with him its 100% worse the next day. I dont know what to do. Short of having him in my lap all day (which is totally impossible).
I dont know what to do other than find someone who can give him that. I didnt get him, spend so much money, add him to our family, and drive 10 hours to get him to give up and not keep him but HE isnt happy and we are not happy and I dont know what else to do. Any help or suggestions? or any place to start looking to find him the right home? I have called and left a message with the breeder and I am waiting for a call back... she is kinda hard pin down and it will probably take me hounding her to get her on the phone for advice.