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Care & Grooming
Included in my contract: The Coton de Tuléar is a long-coated dog that requires regular bathing and brushing. No representation has been made by TiaCotons that the Coton de Tuléar breed in general or a TiaCotons puppy, in particular, is a low-maintenance dog. The purchaser of a TiaCotons puppy agrees to devote time and effort to the grooming of the Coton de Tuléar.
Bathing and Grooming Tips
When bathing Cotons by hand I would recommend taking great care to massage the shampoo gently into the hair. Then rinse, rinse and rinse some more with tepid water to make sure all the shampoo is removed from the hair. After lots of rinsing, put conditioner on the Coton and rinse again with tepid water. Gently towel dry the hair and massage a very small amount of Vellus Satin Cream into the hair or spray the hair with Isle of dogs #62 Conditioning Mist. Air dry for about fifteen minutes and then use warm heat to finish the drying process. When combing or brushing my Cotons, I either hold them in my lap or lay them on their sides. I spray them with either Isle of Dogs #62 Conditioning Mist or Vellus Static Stabilizer or a quart spray bottle of distilled water mixed with 1 teaspoon of Coat Handler Leave-In Conditioner. I comb or brush the hair in layers, misting as I go with each layer. I comb or brush the hair from the skin out past the end of the hair and if using a brush I keep the brush straight when brushing through the hair for less breakage. For tangles and mats I use Isle of Dogs #63 Detangle Conditioning Mist or Vellus Tangle Out. Shampoos and conditioners I use are: Isle of Dogs #01 or #10 shampoo for puppies, for adults #16 for white coats, #51 conditioner, Vellus Shampoo and Conditioner, South Bark Blueberry Facial Shampoo and Plush Puppy Products. If a Coton is itchy the Isle of Dogs has a Veterinary Grade Evening Primrose Oil Shampoo #12 that is wonderful. My favorite product for whitening Coton hair is Plum White. The links for these products are listed below.
Coat Hair Change and Matting
I am asked fairly often for help when a Coton starts the coat change from puppy hair to adult hair. Sometimes the change is gradual and not as noticeable. When there is difficulty with mats in the hair then I would suggest that you give the Coton a bath with one of the below shampoos, rinse out the shampoo and then put the following in the Coton's hair: add some liquid coconut oil (can be heated in the microwave if the coconut oil is in a solid state) to the conditioner and then applying it to the hair, leave in the hair for about five minutes and then rinse the hair with water. It is easier to comb out the mats with the hair in an oily state, at least that is what I have found to be true when I have worked with matted hair. After the mats are out then the Coton can be bathed again with shampoo and conditioner or leave the hair as is for awhile. The hair will be more limp, the good news is that you are not going to have to spend a lot of time working mats out of the hair and hardly any mats will form. The hair will have a nice conditioning until the next bath.
Isle of Dogs - I love the feel of my Cotons hair when I use IOD products, a breeder's excellence product award from me! IOD products can be purchased from the ACC Amazon Affiliate Store in the grooming section.
Plum White is an excellent shampoo for whitening the hair on a Coton. I am really impressed with this product. My Cotons hair would turn blue when I used some whitening products on their hair so I stopped using products to whiten my Cotons hair until I tried Plum White, LOVE this product for whitening my Cotons hair. Plum White
Note - I tried a product called "Maxi/Guard" Oral Cleansing Gel on my Cotons teeth. One of my Cotons, Heiki, had an allergic reaction to this product so I will not use this product. Heiki's lips swelled and got crusty. She lost some of the pigment around her mouth. There are a few ingredients in this product that may have caused a problem for Heiki. I have listed them below:
From the book "A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients" by Ruth Winter, M.S.
Methylparaben - Can cause allergic reaction Propylparaben - Can cause contact dermatitis F,D and C. Blue #1 - May cause allergic reactions. On the FDA permanent list of color additives. Rated 1A, that is, completely acceptable for nonfood use, by the World Health Organization. However, it produced malignant tumors at the site of injection and by ingestion in rats.
Heiki's mouth after two applications of Maxi-Guard Oral Gel.
Some Cotons drink water and get their beards wet and then their beards stain. One idea that might help keep the beard dry is to use a farnam water bottle for your Coton to drink water. Here is a link for a nice water bottle stand.
There are many things that can cause a dog to itch, things in the environment like grasses or airborne allergens like pollens, flea bites is probably the most common, chemicals put on the dogs skin or ingested, dry skin, fungal infections which include yeast, parasites such as ear mites, etc... A few products that might help with itching are -
For topknots I use latex bands in the hair and cut the bands out with scissors being careful not to cut the hair. Click here for more information on top knots. I recommend Laineeltd and Perfect Dog Bows for hair accessories for your Coton.
Phyto-Aseptic is found on the Natural Rearing.com website in the Natural Rearing Product Catalogue in the Homeopathic & Herbal Remedies section. We have used this product for years in our neutered pet Newfoundland dogs ears to help control yeast infections in their ears. I clean our Cotons ears with this product too.
PHYTO-ASEPTIC - A blend of natural herbs and organic ingredients ( including Myrrh; Afalfa and Irish moss) that serve as a potent antiseptic. May be used orally or topically for anywhere antimicrobial action is desired. Use in fungal infections; skin abrasions; ear infections; feminine douche; ring worm.
Here is some useful information about ticks. This website has a map of the USA and the populations of ticks that are reported in each state.
How often do I give my Cotons a bath?
It depends on the different seasons. I usually give my Coton's a bath every two to three weeks. If I notice more matting in their hair when I am combing them, then that is a good clue that they need a bath.
Hanvey Specialty Engineering meets my breeder's superior standard of excellence in grooming equipment!
The grooming equipment I use is from Hanvey Specialty Engineering. Below is a picture of Joey standing on my standard grooming table from Hanvey Specialty Engineering. Here is the link for the grooming table - http://www.hairvac.com/standardtable.htm
I have the Hanvey LIPSystem stainless steel bars on my grooming table to hold my Cotons in place while I groom them. There are many accessories that can be ordered for the LIPSystem. I like the plastic table divider. The table divider keeps my Cotons from trying to move away from me. The table divider is in the picture behind Joey. Here is the link for the LIPSystem - http://www.hairvac.com/lipsystem_four_page_index.htm
I also have the Hanvey Hi "V" Gold Dryer. This dryer is very powerful and only has one speed. A speed control unit can be ordered along with the dryer. I like having the speed control unit so I can set the speed of the airflow to whatever I want as I am drying my Cotons. The dryer can be seen in the picture of Joey on the grooming table. The dryer is hanging on the wall. Here is the link for the Hanvey Hi "V" Gold Dryer - http://www.hairvac.com/dryershse.htm A Happy Hoodie is a good idea to protect dog ears from the noise of hair dryers.
A new product by Chris Christensen to help with frizzies is called - Coatlink Coat Dressing - Chris Christensen CoatLink Coat Dressing replenishes moisture and completely transforms coats by creating a flowing definition. It adds multi-dimensional shine and was developed especially for double coated and drop coated breeds. Can be used for canines and felines. Hydration is one of the most important elements in a healthy, controlled and shiny coat. Chris Christensen Coat Dressing replenishes and completely transforms coats with 4 times more moisturizers so lack of manageability and lack of shine are a thing of the past. CoatLink produces a springy coat, deeper, richer colors, complete manageability of unruly coats and virtual freedom from frizz instantly. Works great on providing flowing definition and multi-dimensional shine to double coated breeds and flowing, smooth lines on drop-coated breeds. CoatLink has an easy-to-use whipped mousse formula for lightness and style-ability creating long-lasting volume with a touchable feel. Infused with a complex of triple natural lanolin to strengthen and repair fine, limp coats, leaving them thicker and healthier looking. Comes in a 10oz Aerosol Can $12.00 Barbara Bird's instructions for Coatlink Coat Dressing.
Above are photos of the Hanvey "Ergo-Bathing Station". I just love this stainless steel bathing tub! My Cotons enjoy the massaging action of the Bathing Beauty system that is in the tub next to the blue grate that the Cotons stand on to keep their feet out of the standing water. The red hose is connected to the bar sink and it stretches to reach the Ergo Bathing Station.
Above is Joey after being groomed. He is standing on a Hanvey standard grooming table with the Lips System stainless steel bars and the Hanvey Hi "V" Gold Dryer is hanging on the wall.
There is a DVD on how to groom a Coton. Here is information on purchasing this DVD as written by Dennis Presley. The DVD can be ordered from Dennis, just follow his directions in the information he gives below.
First let me tell everyone a little bit about the DVD. The grooming is done by Scarlett King. She does a really wonderful job on the Cotons.
The DVD is a 2 disc set and is over 3 hours long. It is broken up into chapters for ease of viewing with bonus tracks that feature some of the more common items that you may want to view over again, such as De Matting. We go over basically everything from maintenance grooming to puppy clips, to show grooming. We show how to clean the eyes, brush teeth, clean ears, clean the anal glands (yuck!! I don't like to watch that part). We show various shampoos/conditioners and treatments, and different tools and how to use them. It is really a one stop shop for grooming your Coton. We are still working on a booklet that will accompany the DVD. This booklet will show the products and tools shown in the video and where they can be purchased. This should make it easy for newbies to find the right tools and products they need without purchasing too many tools that will never again be used.
Here is the purchasing info.
The price of the DVD is $ 60.00 plus $ 5.00 shipping and handling in the U.S., and $ 9.00 shipping and handling to Europe. California address will be charged sales tax. (Sorry CA residents, our state gov. at work). Breeder/litter pack pricing will be available upon request. Anyone who purchases the DVD will have the booklet mailed to them separately as soon as it is completed.
We will accept Paypal. You can access Paypal and then pay for the DVD by using my email address which is:
If you pay by Paypal, please email me with your address so I can keep track and make sure I have all the information.
You can also email me directly if you want to pay by check and I will email my address to you. As soon as I get our website up (www.californiadreamincotons.com, it will be available there via shopping cart. It will also be available through another distributor that I will list soon.
Also, 10% of the sale of every DVD will be donated back to UCARE at this time. As soon as the Coton Health Foundation is up and running, there will be a split between it and UCARE. From the onset of this project it was our desire to give back to the Cotons for the joy they have given us. This is the best breed on earth and they deserve the best from us.
If anyone has questions or I missed something, please either email me or call me at 714-420-9873.
Thanks for your support on this and to everyone, Have Fun Grooming!!!
http://www.assistedlivingstore.com/p-172-underpad-polyurethane-brown-each.aspx - This site has some nice pee pads for puppies and adult dogs. I have been really pleased with the new polyurethane backed brown under-pads. These pads are really thin and don't take up much room in the washing machine. I use them in my puppy ex-pen for potty training the puppies. They are washable and withstand many washings. My adult Cotons use these pads in the house when they need to eliminate.