Sunday, March 30, 2008
As an example, Luigi's water bottle is useful on walks. If Luigi is thirsty we can give him some water. The way it works is it is in two parts - the bottle and the bottle base. Now in the bottle is the water, and the base of the bottle acts like a bowl so your dog can drink from the base.
Biodegradable poo bags are good for the environment. A link to a place you can buy poo bags is VeggiePets.
A training leash is a handy thing. It has little clips and you can make it long or short but we think it is a bit big for a coton so it is better good for big dogs. You can buy one at Ultimate Animals
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
If you want to learn about your dogs IQ then go to Michelle Weltons site and get her e-book. She has a teach your dog a 100 words. We are going to teach Luigi a 100 words if we can. He may not be able to take it all in. My puppy tip is training should be fun and short.
All Luigi loves to do is play!!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
We went for a walk and Luigi had to be carried because the snow is so deep.
Luigi's first snow man has collapsed!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
When the coton was on the island of Madagascar they roamed free with the terrier so they have a bit of terrier in them, but the coton is more coton and bichhon frise than terrier. The coton had to cope with lots of things in the wild but one thing was the crocodile. To get over crocodile infested rivers, they would bark as if they had fallen into the water. When the crocodile came to see, they would rush about a mile and swim across safely. There are no more cotons in the wild.
Friday, March 14, 2008
As you can see my new puppy loves his walks, rain or shine.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
A good comb for a coton de tulear is a poodle comb. Cotons have short hair but it will grow long if it is not cut. But if you want to show your coton you need to keep it long.
We will keep Luigi's hair cut for he cannot be shown - he has a pink nose.
I have been doing some puppy obedience training with my coton de tulear puppy.
To train sit you need to get a treat. Then hold the treat so he sees it above him, so he sits. As he sits, say "sit". Do it lots and then without the treat.
Training your dog to come is the best and easiest to train. Get a treat and go and sit down and say "come" and hold the treat so the dog can see it. The dog will come - give the dog the treat. Do it until the dog comes without the treat.
To train stand you need to have a treat. Get your dog to sit and hold the treat in front of your dog so he has to stand to get it. As your dog stands say "stand". Do it lots and your dog will do it without a treat.
Training down was difficult, for Luigi is small. He did not have to lie down to get the treat. But when he was 3 months old he did have to lie down to get the treat so he is learning down now. Get a treat and tell your dog to sit. When he is siting, show him the treat and put it in front of him. As he bends to get it move it forward so it is easier for him to get when lying down. As he goes down say "down." You can use the word lie or down, but we said 'down' when he was jumping up so we agreed we would use 'lie' - but we forget !!! So we now use 'off' not 'down' and 'down' is 'lie down'.
Give is a word we have not taught Luigi. You need a toy you can throw and lots of treats. Now play fetch but when your dog comes with the toy, instead of playing tug of war, give the dog the treat. As he lets go of the toy so he can have the treat, say 'give'. Do it in small bursts so he is not bewildered.
- A good home made toy is a wet cloth.
- A small cardboard box with some food in it is a good home made toy. Luigi spends a long time trying to get it out.
- A ball of paper is something Luigi loves to shred it up.
- A frozen carrot is a good toy for your dog to chew. This is a good toy for puppy teething.
- A good toy is a stick wrapped in cloth Luigi likes to rip of the cloth so we have to re make it lots.
- Kong wubba. This is Luigis best toy. You can throw it. You can play tug of war and your dog can chew it.
- Kong jumpn jack is good for pushing food into it for the dog to find.
- Height 10-12 inches
- Weight 12-15 pounds
- Life span 12 to 14 years.
- groom daily
- you will need to take your coton on a 30 minute walk but will love a good long walk.
- Very friendly and affectionate. Full of tricks and can stand and walk on their hind legs.
- cotons have hair not fur so are good for allergies
- My coton does not bark unless you stand on his paw
He is fun to have around. He will play for ages. Good things about coton de tulear
1 He is a full of fun dog. Great to play with.
2 He is a calm little dog.
3 He is smart and sweet
4 He is not to big but not to small.
5 He does not need a long long walk.
I love him lots.