Grooming your Coton De Tulear puppy should be a pleasant experience for both you and your new puppy. We recommend a daily thorough brushing once your new puppy has arrived. Once your puppy reaches approximately 8 months old the coat will start to change. This is the time the adult coat starts to come in and will start to mat with the puppy coat. Once this stage begins, if you have been grooming thoroughly on a daily basis, it will be less stressful for the both of you. This stage can last a good 6 months or so depending on the coat. Some helpful hints to make this stage a little easier. A clean coat is less likely to mat as badly, a thorough brushing morning and night. There are several detangler sprays, my new favorite is Espana Detangler Spray. This can be purchased at www.espanaproducts.com
You never want to brush a dry coat, you want to spritz lightly with distilled water or a conditioning spray. Line brushing is the best method, as the coat grows it is easier to brush thoroughly. Lay the puppy on his/her side and in layers brush downward, make sure to concentrate on the armpits and inner thighs as these areas are prone to mats as well as behind the ears. Praise constantly and when finished provide a treat. We find it easier to groom when the puppy is tired as they are less likely to put up a fight.
Before bathing your Coton De Tulear puppy/adult you want to make sure you have brushed thoroughly removing any mats. Use lukewarm water and make sure the coat is completely wet before applying the shampoo. Part the coat along the middle of the back. (There are several excellent shampoos to use. Our favorites are listed on the links page.) Gently massage the shampoo into the coat in a downward position, we find this to be the best as you can wash in mats if you are too rough. Thoroughly rinse the coat, when you think you have all the shampoo out rinse again. Apply conditioner and rinse again. When you are all complete with the bath, squeeze excess water and wrap in a towel. You then want to pat dry, you do not want to rub dry. Blow dry on a cool setting, heat tends to damage the coat. When blow drying it is the force of air that dries the coat not the warmth of the air.
I have listed our favorite grooming supplies and shampoos:
You do not have to purchase all of these at once, a good brush, comb is good to start out with
Small pair of sheer scissors to trim pads Small pair of nail trimmers to trim nails
For tear staining I use Hydrocol is an excellent product Gimborn Eye Clear padsor Starfire Eye Cleaner
Thru the years I have tried many a shampoo and conditioner, by chance I was introduced to Eqyss after I received a sample with an order I placed at Petedge for some miscellaneous items. I must say this shampoo and conditioner is my ULTIMATE favorite. It works miracles on mats and the way the coat feels after their bath and the length of time it keeps the coat smelling and looking great to me lasts longer than the others. The other benefit is it dries the coat faster than the other products. Eqyss can be purchased at various online locations but www.petedge.com has the best price. Pure Paws H2O is another shampoo and conditioner that I use regularly.
These are some other shampoo choices to choose from that I have used in the past with success before I was introduced to Eqyss. You want to stay away from any bleaching agents, silicone or lanolin. Les Pooch Bright Shampoo www.lespoochs.com Vellus shampoo and conditioner www.vellus.com Pure Paws Shampoo & conditioner H2O
Detangler sprays I like Espana Detangler Spray, Espana is a new product I was just introduced to and love how our Coton De Tulears look and feel after their baths. www.espanaproducts.com
Nature's Specialty Fluff & Puff helps restore healthy coat and helps with tangles
We feel that an all natural high quality dog food is the best. We alternate between several different brands to provide our Coton De Tulears a variety. Currently, we are feeding Acana Regional Wild Prairie, Honest Kitchen, Petkind Tripe All Provide raw and Fromm Small Breed. You can also add yogurt/ricotta cheese/cottage cheese or fresh vegatables for some variety. There are quite a few excellent quality foods, we feel rotation is important to give their bodies a variety of nutrients that are important.
With so much on the market these days and with the issues with China and all the food recalls we only feed treats that are made in the USA. For the puppies: Old Mother Hubbard Biscuits Wellness treats Natural Balance biscuits
For the adults: Plato chicken, chicken & vegetable, salmon, salmon & vegetable any other type of treat that is all natural that is made in the USA.
Only Natural Pet: Chicken Fillets, Green Tripe Nibblets Venison Liver
Best Bully Sticks Chicken Fillet
Chewies: From Best Bully Sticks Flossies Bully Sticks Odor Free Our gang loves these, they are safe and natural. We purchase ours in bulk from www.bestbullysticks.com
They also sell all sorts of healthy treats, chewies, etc. Just remember to purchase the treats made in the USA only
xpen small crate stainless steel bowls for food/water toys chew toys for teething baby gates to block off areas to give puppy smaller area to explore and stay out of trouble special treats for potty time and crate time food harness/leash rolled leather is the best at not creating matts travel crate for car or car seat
the links to the grooming supplies are listed above nail trimmers scissors brush comb shampoo/conditioner
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