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3 Training Tips For Your Easy-to-Train Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise PuppiesDon’t let the fancy haircut fool you, the Bichon Frise is a cheerful, playful dog that loves to stay active. Bichons are easily recognized by the poodle-like hair that’s typically groomed to surround the head like a giant cotton ball. Though they are high-maintenance when it comes to grooming, their reputation as a hypoallergenic dog makes them popular with dog lovers who suffer from allergies.

A Colorful Past

The American Kennel Club estimates that the Bichon Frise dates back to the 13th century and is related to the Water Spaniel. Spanish sailors traveled with the dog, bringing them from port to port as they sailed. The dog became popular in the royal French courts of the 16th century and was a favored subject of Spanish-school painters. Thanks to its attractive look and intelligence the Bichon was often used in the circus to perform tricks. Today the breed is beloved as a companion dog and that’s the main purpose of its breeding. Bichons bond deeply with their human families and are unhappy if left alone for long periods.

Training Your Bichon Frise

  1. Staying Positive. The Bichon learns easily but does not respond well to harsh discipline or negative training. Because they feel such a strong bond with their human companion being disciplined can cause them great distress and put a damper on their usually friendly personality. Use positive reinforcement in the form of praise or a favorite treat when training. When teaching your puppy basic commands, keep the sessions short. Two or 3 short sessions of no more than 10 minutes each day is much more effective than a long session once or twice a week.
  2. Housetraining. The Bichon does have a habit of hiding from sight when they go to the bathroom. This presents a challenge when training a puppy; your dog may be going to the bathroom in the house without you realizing it, and once a potty spot is established it can be very difficult to break the habit. A consistent schedule is especially important with this breed. Take your puppy outside first thing in the morning, immediately after it wakes from a nap, approximately 15 minutes after eating or drinking and as soon as you’re done with a play or training session. The excitement of activity often triggers the urge to urinate. Be quick to praise your Bichon when it goes outside. Keeping a stash of small treats in your pocket means you’ll be ready to offer a reward immediately after the good deed.
  3. Looking Good. All that beauty comes with a price, and that price is daily maintenance. A Bichon must be brushed almost daily and frequent visits to the groomer will be a regular part of the routine. Start training your puppy to accept grooming by playing with its ears, feet and tail. Touching all parts of its body will help it accept the touch of a groomer when the time comes. Brush your Bichon puppy with a soft-bristled brush as often as possible. Make the experience fun by offering small treats during the grooming session and ending with some playtime.

Source:  http://www.akc.org/breeds/bichon_frise/index.cfm, http://www.bichon.org/CareGroomingTips.htm

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+Neil Kilgore is a dog owner and the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He gives helpful advice about dogs and puppy care on the Greenfield Puppies website.

Bichon Frise Breeders - Finding The Right One

by Etha Schuit

A good dog breeder will almost always want to know about you, almost as much as you will want to know about your new prospective dog, and this is also true of Bichon Frise breeders. These breeders love their dogs and take good care of their breeder dogs, as well as the ensuing puppies.

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Obviously not all breeders are alike, and even among the relatively normal numbers of Bichon Frise breeders you will also find breeders who are indifferent to their dogs' needs, and who are only in the dog breeding business to make a fast buck.

These places are not breeders they are puppy mills and one of the best things to do is to avoid these kinds of places and stay as far as possible from such Bichon Frise breeders.

There are all kinds of breeders, but these can be thought of as the worst of the lot, the ones whose sole purpose of breeding puppies is to earn profit. They consider their puppies nothing more than a barking, walking commodity and are totally unaware and indifferent when it comes to the happiness and health of their dogs.

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Of course, just as important is to stay away from these inhumane breeders, it is also very important that you do not confuse genuine Bichon Frise dogs with these immoral dogs.

A genuine dog from a reputed breeder is like a valuable gem and needs to be treasured as they provide a service that is very valuable, and it should not be treated in a bad manner.

Questions regarding all aspects of your life would be asked by genuine breeders and this is not done in an attempt to hinder your private life or create any problems for you but to determine whether you would be able to take care of a genuine Bichon puppy.

Another thing that you must understand is that most Bichon Frise breeders are willing to interact with you on topics such as how to care about your new puppy. They will also be willing to inform you how the behavior of your puppy would change as it matures into an adult dog.

Will your puppy be a monster who would chew all your stuff the moment you leave it alone and go out, or would it be cute and adorable? Or will your cute and adorable puppy tear up all your stuff irrespective of the fact that you are home or not?

These are all questions that can be easily answered by Bichon Frise breeders. And they are the reason why you need to find a breeder that will help you not only find the right Bichon Frise puppy for you, but who will also give you an initial leg up on what to do with your puppy.

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