The Bichon Frise dog breed is an adorably cute small white hypoallergenic dog that’s highly appealing to many dog lovers. The fact that it’s small and easily adaptable to apartment living, in addition to it being such a happy dog makes it popular and sought after. However, with all the positive points that anyone can make about this breed, one thing that most will agree on is its difficulty in potty training. As a dog owner, be prepared that housebreaking may be a challenge when you bring home this dog. It’s obviously not impossible, but these Bichon Frise potty training tips are sure to speed things along so you don’t have to keep cleaning up messes.
The Best Bichon Frise Potty Training Tips
Potty training puppies can be a challenge no matter what the dog breed, if the owner is unsure of the best ways to go about it. Some dogs, like Bichons, are more stubborn and will require diligence, patience, and a keen eye, on your part.
First off, learn how to train a puppy properly. You can easily be manipulated because puppies are so cute (and they know it), causing you to accept their mishaps and what have you. However, it’s vital in dog training to be consistent and firm. That doesn’t mean you should act mean, of course. Always praise and reward your dog when potty puppy training. Be proactive. Watch them when they are free in the home, as they will eliminate so quickly you won’t even notice sometimes.
Start housebreaking a Bichon Frise as soon as you bring him home. You don’t want bad habits to form!
Crate Training for Potty Training
One of the most effective ways to train dogs for housebreaking is to crate them. They don’t like to “go” in their “den.” So, they will likely hold it until they are let out. However, you must be reasonable with regards to the amount of time they are in a crate. Consider they are just learning and their bladders have not yet become fully developed.
Having said that, as soon as you open that crate door, lead your Bichon Frise outdoors. Guide him to the designated potty area. Use a consistent command word or phrase, like “go pee.” If he “goes” then praise him with a happy tone, patting, a hug, and a treat. Dogs respond very well to food and treats. If they know they’ll get a reward, they’ll be more inclined to making you happy!