Like any other dog a pet parent brings home, it is crucial to start training it as soon as possible. Learn the right teaching methods before you begin, however, or your dog, depending on the breed, will likely make its own decisions, and that is a recipe for disaster. Incorrectly training your Bichon could lead to behavior problems, but these Bichon Frise dog training tips will help.
Bichon Frise Dog Training Tips
Begin housebreaking immediately. It could take longer to housebreak a Bichon than it would another dog breed. For one thing, the Bichon has small internal organs that can delay housebreaking. In the meantime, never let your Bichon free to roam around the home, as it can easily find a place to go potty. With the end result being difficult to detect, it can become a habit for your Bichon puppy that’s hard to break.
If you live in a cold or rainy part of the country, invest in some type of overhead shelter where your Bichon can eliminate without getting cold or wet, as Bichons are not happy with either.
Socializing the Bichon Frise Puppy
A Bichon needs to be socialized, though it’s not difficult as they love people and other pets. However, they can be standoffish, depending on the individual dog, and they need to learn to be more trusting and friendly. Some Bichons can even be downright nasty to people and pets. So, it’s imperative to introduce him to strangers, other animals, and of course, children.
With regards to children, all dogs need to be socialized to avoid kids from becoming a biting victim. Did you know that 76% of children under the age of 10 who were dog bite victims were bit on the face?! Dogs see children as loud and often hyper and unpredictable creatures. Socializing is an ongoing process, from puppyhood right through adulthood.
According to YourPureBredPuppy, the most crucial time in a dog’s life from a psychological perspective, is between 7 and 16 weeks. This is your opportunity to introduce puppies to the world of children, animals, and strangers.
Just like children become adolescents, so too do puppies. Hormones affect them tremendously, and your happy-go-lucky puppy may change drastically over this time period in his life. It’s crucial to pay attention to his behavior and whether he becomes nervous in a situation where he was otherwise happy and welcoming. A change like this could lead to aggressiveness or your dog may develop fears and phobias.
If you’ve missed that all-important socialization window, between the ages of 7 and 16 weeks, you can still do things to at least get your dog to accept and tolerate strangers and other animals.
Correcting Bad Dog Behavior
Take charge when necessary, such as if your dog showing unacceptable behavior when socializing. The right corrective measures in your dog training will help stop the inappropriate behavior and avoid it from becoming deep-rooted. Respect training and socialization are the only ways to get your dog to behave properly. And, this is true with respects to training any dog, a Bichon Frise or a German Shepherd.
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