several questions

by Dale Marie
(Holland, Michigan)

we rescued our 7 years old coton about 3 weeks ago. I work from home so she is very loved and stays in my office with me all day. But she is afraid when I try to pick her up, I have to pick her up and bring her to her food dish. when she eats she has to be alone and quiet no sudden movements. she doesn't play and isn't affectionate. she doesn't bark or let us know when she has to go out. I think her behavior is because her owner gave her up because they couldn't spend enough time with her and then she was with her foster mom for 6 weeks before we got her. I think she just needs time and attention but am interested in any other thoughts

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May 22, 2020
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Patience for the new territory we've entered
by: Edie

Thank you for your share about your 7 year old; it puts me a little more at ease concerning my 9 year old I just got a week ago.
My thoughts from the start is they have only lived in a home or 2 and lived with the same people their whole life.
I am trying to give my little girl room and if she seems open to playing or something I try to interact with and praise her at that point. She lays on my bed a lot of the time so when I go near I go in, pet her while talking to her, and what a good girl she is. About the time I think she's not adjusting, she does something that shows she's trying.
Unlike when we were young and got a puppy the induction period has to be handled with patience and time.

Apr 02, 2020
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Timid behavior NEW
by: Susan

Hello,

When we brought our Coton home at 2 months, it was a bit of a difficult adjustment. We previously had 2 male Cotons and their temperments were much different so I was surprised when our new female pup was constantly trying to chomp down on us with her sharp teeth. We felt like we were trying everything to help her adjust and now 5 months later I feel she is starting to bond with us and is becoming more affectionate and not constantly growling and chomping down. Give your sweet Coton all the time she needs. I am sure that eventually you will be richly rewarded with her love and loyalty!


Apr 02, 2020
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Rescue NEW
by: Anonymous

Because you have only had her for a short time, give her more time to realize how lucky she is to be in a loving and caring home. Praise her when she does something that you want. You may even want to think about training her.

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