Learning how to groom a dog is such an important part of dog ownership, especially for long-haired dogs like the Coton de Tulear. It's essential to understand dog grooming basics, especially relative to their long, fluffy, non-shedding, cottony coats.
The Coton's coat looks more daunting than it actually is. With regular care, the coat is easy to maintain, and grooming time can actually be a great bonding time for you and your dog.
The earlier you start grooming your puppy, the sooner he'll get used to it at an early age and it will become as natural as rolling in the grass or chasing cats.
Start brushing your dog as soon as you get him home for a few minutes at a time. This should be a positive experience, so start out with very short sessions and throw in rewards for good behavior - lots of hugs, praises, or even a small treat.
Since the coat is one of its most striking characteristics, maintaining good grooming habits is very important for the Coton de Tulear whether you do it yourself or choose a professional groomer.
Good dog grooming basics can:
Here are some dog grooming tips to help you get started (click on each heading to learn more in depth valuable tips):
50 Tips You Need to Know About Grooming a Coton de Tulear: Grooming can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect and you don’t have the right tools, products, and resources. Whether you use a professional groomer or are a DIYer, this article is a great place to start.
Must-have Coton de Tulear Grooming Products: Learn what our visitors recommend for common grooming problems such as matting and tear stains. Get tips on the best shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, and the best appropriate grooming tools.
Basic Grooming - Brushing: There is a great deal of variation in coat length, texture, and thickness of the coat within the Coton de Tulear breed. Regular brushing is one of those dog grooming basics that are essential for your dog’s coat. Do you have the right brush? Is daily brushing necessary?
Bathing: Because there is a great deal of individuality among dogs in this breed, the frequency of bathing will vary from dog to dog. Do you have questions about bath time?
Choosing a Dog Groomer: Sometimes you need a little help, Learn how to find a professional groomer to make the grooming process easy and successful.
Dog Grooming Videos: Are you a self groomer? Watch these videos to learn how to groom your Coton de Tulear.
Hypoallergenic Dogs: There are a number of breeds that are labeled as hypoallergenic or allergy free. Is there really any such animal?
Nonshedding Dogs: If you’re worried about allergies or dog hair becoming a problem on your clothes and furniture, non-shedding dog breeds are a wonderful option.
Dog Grooming Tools: Learn how to groom a dog using the best tools to make the job easier for the results you want.
How to Clean Dog Teeth: Learn which tools, products, and techniques are best to use to ensure your dog has healthy teeth. Taking care of your dog’s teeth is a great way to ensure overall health.
Dog Ear Care: Keep your dog’s ears clean and healthy, Ear problems are the number one reason for visits to the vet, making ear care and cleaning part of your regular dog grooming basics activity.
Trimming Dog Nails: Don't forget about nail trimming! Learn how to easily take care of your dog’s nails. Get those nail clippers out and learn how to use them for monthly nail trims.
Will Your Coton’s Coloring Last or Fade? Learn what coloring to expect as your Coton puppy matures.
Dog Grooming Books: Find the perfect dog grooming books to help you with skin problems, nail trimming, dental hygiene, matting, maintenance, and so much more to keep your Coton looking and feeling fabulous. Whether your Coton has short or long hair, learn the best way to ensure a healthy coat.
Don’t Forget Your Dog’s Skin: Does your dog have dry skin, sensitive skin, itchy skin? Learn how to handle problem skin here.
How to groom an anxious dog: Learn how to groom a nervous or anxious dog so it becomes a good experience for both you and your pet.
Deciding on what kind of haircut to get your Coton? Check out these adorable Coton de Tulear puppy cut photos.
A regular grooming routine will help your Coton have a beautiful, healthy coat. And your bond will get stronger when you groom your dog on a regular basis as well. It’s a win-win!
Still have questions? Visit our Dog Grooming Questions page to ask or answer questions.
Meet the Cotons is a must-have book for all Coton parents, and it has a wonderful grooming section where you will learn the best techniques and grooming tools.
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