What about all this hair?
You probably learned before purchasing your pet that this is a breed needing a lot of grooming! You can learn to take care of the coat entirely at home or you can combine home care with professional grooming. The Bichon does not shed and the hair grows constantly. Regardless of which choice you make, daily or weekly brushing and combing is desirable to keep the coat free of mats (which can lead to additional skin problems). Bathing, blow drying the coat and scissoring can be done monthly or as needed but the daily care is up to YOU!
What else can I do to keep him happy and healthy?
Every dog benefits from obedience training. There are books available for home training but a short obedience course with a qualified training instructor can make a difference in many ways. Bichons are “show-offs” and love to perform. The work they do in obedience becomes a game – but the obedient dog is also a safer dog! The Bichon is a very fast little guy (a fenced yard is also a good thing) and the trained dog is less likely to run into the street.
Will my puppy stay very friendly?
The natural temperament of the Bichon Frise is to be outgoing and friendly (though he may initially seem somewhat aloof in some situations). The puppy that is fearful, extremely shy or shows any sign of aggression is not exhibiting typical Bichon behavior! These Bichons need obedience training and careful socialization and can usually be taught to trust. The earlier the training, the better. Forceful correction is not appropriate but neither is cuddling the pet and allowing it to shrink into the arms of the owner. The idea is to socialize him until he learns that his world is safe and obedience training is a good start. Puppy kindergarten is an excellent beginning and should be investigated very early for all pups.
Your primary goal is to get your new pup off to a good start by attending to his needs:
- proper health care
- good diet and plenty of fresh water
- proper grooming
- training for the pup’s safety and your increased enjoyment of your pet
Keep your Bichon safe and healthy, train him well and maintain his skin, teeth and coat. In return, he will be your loving companion, trusting friend and let you know when company arrives. Bichons are great conversationalists and love to entertain. What more can you ask?