Teaching Your Bichon Frise Good Manners

You will be happy to know that you can train your Bichon Frise to have good manners and be well-behaved. It will take some time and effort on your part, but it will be worth it. Your dog can learn to be polite around your family and friends. A well-mannered Bichon Frise can be a wonderful companion. You are your dog’s leader. Positive reinforcement or a reward, such as nice praise or a favorite treat can be very helpful when teaching good behavior to your dog. A dog owner should appreciate his dog’s good behavior. A dog with good manners doesn’t bark uncontrollably at people or other dogs. He doesn’t jump on people or chew up your expensive furniture. Also, good housetraining habits are very important for your dog.

Be consistent when training your Bichon Frise. Remember to keep your dog’s attention and have some fun during training. Reward your dog when he demonstrates the desired behavior that you are teaching him. If your dog does something right, it is helpful if you praise him immediately. Focus on the good behavior that your dog demonstrates, not the bad behavior. If you happens to see your puppy starting to chew on your expensive shoes, try to offer him a safe and appropriate dog toy made for chewing instead of the shoes.

Some behaviors you may want to discourage are the following:

Jumping up on people

Barking too much

Chewing on household or personal items, such as furniture or shoes

I will try to give some helpful tips on how to improve these behaviors.

1. Teaching Your Dog Not To Jump Up When Greeting You, Your Friends or Family Members

You probably really love your Bichon Frise and you may actually be happy when he jumps up to greet you when you come home. However, this is not always practical for you or for other people that may come over to your house to visit. Many people are a little scared when dogs jump up on them. Your friends and other visitors may wear very nice clothing that they don’t want ruined by accident. Sometimes, you may have a few large grocery bags in your arms that you are carrying in from the store, or you may have some expensive clothing on that you happened to wear for work or a special occasion. It is up to you whether you want to routinely allow your dog to jump up when he greets you. If you decide that you don’t want your dog to jump up, you will need to teach him not to do this and be consistent about it.

To teach your Bichon not to jump up, you can carefully help him get back down when he jumps up on you and tell him to sit. Give him nice verbal praise when he obeys you. It is good to be consistent when teaching your dog not to jump up when greeting you.

For example, if you are wearing your old clothes on the weekend and you think it is fine for him to jump up during these times, but not when you are wearing your expensive clothes, he will get confused. The important thing for your dog to understand is that he is definitely allowed to greet you, but instead of jumping up, it will be in a sitting position. If you continue to praise your dog when he obeys, he will probably quickly learn what is expected of him.

2. How To Help Prevent or Control Excessive Barking

It’s only natural, dogs bark to communicate with their owners or other animals. It is important for your dog to understand when it is appropriate to bark and when it is good to be quiet. Dogs will bark for several different reasons. It’s their way of communicating and expressing themselves. Listed below are some common reasons why dogs bark.

Dogs may bark to try to get your attention. They may start young as puppies with a little crying or whining sound to communicate with their mom and family litter. Puppies or grown dogs may whine when they want something like food, when they are frustrated or scared, or just when they want some attention. It is common for a new puppy to whine at night because they may be lonely or frightened. Sometimes, we may not realize it at first, but we may actually reward the puppy for whining by giving the puppy the attention he wants. It may be helpful not to reward a puppy or grown dog that may be whining just for attention. When your puppy is quiet and relaxed you may wish to reward him with nice praise or a favorite treat. It is important to remember that teaching your puppy good behavior from the start is easier than changing inappropriate behavior later on.

Socializing your Bichon Frise puppy is very important. You may want to introduce your puppy to situations that may cause anxiety later on. It is helpful for puppies to learn how to cope with their environment in a healthy and positive way. Positive influence in the early weeks of the puppy’s life can be very beneficial.

You can go slow and gradually introduce your puppy to a variety of items and sounds that are routinely around the house so they become a little familiar to them. Some sounds that may be new to your puppy are the following: doorbell ringing, telephone ringing, sounds from an alarm clock, noise from a vacuum cleaner, sound of the television or any music playing.

Your Bichon Frise may bark because they are so happy about playing Frisbee outside, going for a walk or for nice ride in a car. They may also bark because they are excited when friends come to your house to visit.

Your dog may bark when he hears other dogs in your neighborhood barking.

Your dog may bark to try to warn you, if he sees an unfamiliar person coming to your home. It is common for dogs to bark at mail carriers.

Another common reason why dogs bark is because they are bored. It is important to routinely provide enough appropriate exercise and attention for your dog every day.

You may need to understand that chances are you are probably the most important person in your dog’s life. When a dog that is routinely used to constant human companionship and attention is left alone, the dog can experience some separation anxiety. Your dog may not understand why he cannot go with you and he may worry about whether or not you will be coming back home to be with him. Your dog may bark or howl when he is experiencing separation anxiety.

Some ideas that may possibly help minor separation anxiety include the following:

Don’t be very dramatic when you are leaving or returning to your home. When you return back home you can calmly pet your dog and reassure him.

When you have to leave your dog in the house, you can give him a piece of clothing that has your scent.

You can make a reassuring habit of using a certain word that you routinely use every time you leave that tells your dog you will be coming back home.

Possibly, if the dog could hear the sound of a radio or television, it may be calming and relaxing.

Sometimes, having safe and appropriate dog toys available for your dog will be a little distraction and help to keep them busy.

Next, I will mention ideas to help dogs that may have a habit of chewing furniture or some of your personal items.

3. Why Dogs Chew and Some Helpful Tips About Chewing

There are some basic reasons that dogs chew. Puppies may check out some of the new things in their environment by putting objects in their mouths. Puppies may also chew to relieve pressure of their new little teeth erupting through their gums. They may teethe for about 6 months, which usually causes some discomfort. Chewing can make their sore gums feel better.

Some dogs chew because they are bored. It may be helpful to give your dog enough daily attention. Safely taking him with you when you do errands, if possible, may give him a change of scenery and some variety.

Dogs chew to relieve stress. Maybe, your dog is experiencing separation anxiety. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise use up some energy by chewing. Another reason why dogs may chew is because as a puppy, they were not taught what to chew and what not to chew. For example, chewing can be done on a safe bone or safe chew toy.

A Few Helpful Tips About Chewing

You can make a good habit of keeping clothing, shoes, books, trash, and children’s toys out of your dog’s reach.

You may decide to use a safe place that’s dog-proof in your home and provide fresh water and safe and appropriate dog toys.

It is helpful for your dog to have enough attention and exercise each day. When you are deciding on the amount of exercise, keep in mind his age and health.

If you happen to see your dog chewing on something he shouldn’t, you can offer him a safe chew toy instead. You may also wish to offer your dog a treat in exchange for the item in his mouth.

Your dog will need time to learn the rules about chewing and remember to take precautions, and keep things out of his reach that you don’t want him to get. Training your dog to learn good behavior is so important for your dog or puppy. Effective communication is necessary to teach your dog what you want him to do or not to do. Hopefully, it will be a positive experience if you teach your dog not to jump up on you or your friends, and not to chew the furniture.

A dog may be more calm and relaxed when he knows what is expected of him. Always remember the following factors are very important when training a dog: attention, consistency, repetition, patience, love, rewards and understanding.

It is also important to routinely spend quality time with your dog. You will want your dog to trust and respect you and feel secure. A dog should feel that his new home is a safe and dependable place. Dogs enjoy spending time with their families. A dog usually appreciates an owner who will love, lead and protect them.
A few ideas for spending quality time with your dog include the following:

You can enjoy walks together.

You may wish to take your dog on errands with you, if possible.

You may want to let him sit with you while you watch television or talk with friends on the phone.

You can provide a special place for your dog to sleep, like a nice dog bed.

Maybe, you can get into the daily habit of brushing his coat, while he sits nice for you.

Dogs usually respond well to a daily routine schedule. A good schedule may help him stay relaxed and confident. Your dog can understand your house rules.

Hopefully, some of these things may help you develop a nice relationship with your dog. Reward your dog when he has done something right. You may want to reward him with lots of positive praise, a big hug, a favorite treat or some nice play time.

You may also enjoy checking out my other blog about Bichon Frises at Bichon Place.

Housetraining Your Bichon Frise Puppy

Bichons are intelligent dogs, but you may need to be patient when you are housetraining them. It is helpful to teach them routine housetraining rules to follow. A well-known method of housetraining would be the crate method.

The idea behind using the crate method is based on the theory that dogs do not like to soil the area where they sleep or eat. The crate used for your puppy needs to be large enough for your puppy to be able to easily stand up and lie down and get comfortable. You may choose to place a comfortable and safe, washable dog blanket in the crate.

You may wish to take your puppy’s collar off while he is in the crate for safety reasons. It is helpful for your puppy if you keep the crate in the room where you are going to be in, so that your puppy will still have your company and not be lonely. Your puppy will hopefully learn to think of his crate as his own special place, almost like his own doghouse or den to go where he can relax and rest.

A good feature is the crate can be quite portable. You should be able to easily take it from room to room with you. Puppies need love and attention from their owner, so it may be a good idea not to leave your puppy inside the crate for longer than one hour at a time during the day, if possible.

Crate training should be a positive experience. It is very important that at night you are able to have the crate near your bed where your puppy can definitely see you and let you know when he may need to go outside to go to the bathroom.

Please don’t forget that puppies may need to go to the bathroom every two to three hours or more during the day when they are young. The time span will increase as they get a little older. Puppies will usually be ready to go to the bathroom when they first wake up in the morning, after eating and drinking, and also after playing.

You may feed your puppy inside the crate. When he is done eating, carry your puppy outside close to the area where you want him to go to the bathroom.

Try to use the same approximate area every time, so your puppy gets into a familiar routine. After your puppy goes to the bathroom outside you may want to praise him for doing good. Then, when you go back inside you may want to offer him a treat, while having him walk back into his crate. It is so important to establish a daily time schedule for your puppy to eat his meals and also his routine schedule to go outside. You may also enjoy checking out my other blog about Bichon Frises at Bichon Place.

Bichon Frise Training – Some Things to Consider

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Now that you have decided to get a bichon, or perhaps who have already brought home one charming puffball, the next thing to consider is bichon frise training. Training a bichon is easy if the training starts early and continued consistently. And besides, bichons love humans. They would be obedient to follow commands knowing that being obedient pleases their owners.

A well mannered bichon sure makes every owner proud and happy. In order to make yours a well mannered little dog everybody loves to be around, here are some things to consider:

  • Also true when training other breeds, bichon frise training should start early. At two weeks of age, a puppy can learn simple associations and at around three weeks, socialization period should be started. Though puppies as young as two weeks can learn simple stuff, they should not be taken away from their mothers before eight weeks of age as puppies are fearful during that time of their life. So remember, take home a puppy of about eight  weeks of age.
  • House train your bichon with determination. Bichons can be difficult to house train or appear not to be house trained if they are not happy or if left alone too much.
  • Bichons are active little dogs but one can live in an apartment if he gets enough exercise through play and other activities indoors. However, just like any other breeds, a bichon needs a daily pack walk to fulfill his primal instinct to walk.
  • Be determined and consistent when training your dog the basic commands such as sit, down, stay and down. You can start training these commands when the puppy is about eight weeks of age.
  • You may want to consider basic training classes. Training classes are offered by many kennels, pet stores and independent trainers to train the dog’s guardian to train the dog. Training classes also help socialize a dog to other people and dogs as well. In order for a puppy to be accepted in training classes, he must be at least three to six months of age and has completed the required vaccinations.
  • Use appropriate training method. There are various training methods you can use when training your bichon, the most common is the positive training method. In positive dog training, you are molding a dog’s behavior with the use of rewards or praise without having to inflict pain, fear or punishment.

Richard Cussons is a long-time dog owner who likes to give advice on bichon training. To learn more about bichon frise training, please visit bichonfrisesavvy.com.

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Tips For Bringing a New Puppy Or Dog Home

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Have you been considering the thought of buying a new puppy or dog but you’re just not sure where to start with all of the different things that need to done in order to make the process of buying a dog for sale go smoothly? There are a number of things you can do to help make your experience more pleasurable and worth your while including finding a trustworthy seller, making sure your home is ready for the puppy or dog, and making sure you have the proper supplies that your puppy will need.

First, before you even purchase the puppy or dog you must research your options to discover which breed of dog will be best for your family. This will depend on a number of factors like children, hobbies, and more. These factors will most likely include your dog so it’s important to take them into consideration. Next, you’ll want to find a trustworthy seller. There are a number of options for finding someone who has dogs for sale including the classifieds in the local paper, the phone book, or through online websites. Whatever method you choose, be sure to familiarize yourself with the buyer to make sure you know they are legit and will not pull a fast one on you buy selling you a bad puppy or dog.

Second, you’ll want to make sure your home is ready for a new puppy or dog, sort of like child proofing it. Do you have a big back yard? If so, is it fenced in or does it need to be fenced in? This could be a concern if you live in a busy neighborhood or near a busy roadway where there is a lot of traffic. You want to eliminate all safety concerns before bringing your new dog home so that you don’t have any trouble after the fact. It would be a good idea to check your home for safety hazards for the dog. Things like loose wiring, exposed household chemicals, or exposed sharp objects all pose a threat to your dog or puppy and should be taken care of before hand.

Finally, you’ll need to get some essential supplies for your new puppy or dog before you bring them home in order to make their transition into your living environment more comfortable. You’ll want to have supplies like food, a dog cage, dog bed, collar and leash, toys, bowls, and more which will all help to give your dog the care and attention that he or she needs to be happy. Many of these are necessities that you will have to purchase, some are things that are nice to have in order to keep your dog company or give him a little extra curricular activity to encourage being healthy and fit.

If you’ve been considering bringing home a new dog or puppy and want to make sure the process goes smoothly, just follow these few simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to being a successful and happy dog owner.

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