Training Your Bichon Frise
Bichon Frise Training and Puppy Training, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Is a Bichon Frise easy to train?
Moderate, I would say. Many Bichons do have a stubborn streak, but aren't usually dominant dogs who want to be the boss. As long as you're calm with a Bichon Frise, gentle with your corrections yet absolutely consistent and persistent, always following through on what you tell them to do, they respond well to training.
Except for housebreaking. In my experience, this is the number one training issue with Bichons. When an owner drops his Bichon Frise off at the animal shelter, it's often because of difficulties with housebreaking. The only consistent behavior problem is barking when left alone too much.
So when you ask, "How easy is it – training a Bichon Frise?" my answer is, "Housetraining is usually difficult. Other than that, training is pretty easy as long as you provide lots of companionship throughout the day. It also depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."
That's where I come in. My dog training articles will help you train your Bichon Frise to be well-mannered and well-behaved. I've been working with dogs for 35+ years, as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, breed advisor, and author of 15 books about dogs.
Dog Training – What Works, and What Doesn't
Some dog training methods are based on what makes the owner feel good, rather than what on actually makes sense to the dog. For example, "positive-only" dog training is a big fad right now. Now, treats can be great motivators for training Bichons Frises, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then he is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]
These Dog Training Videos Turned Buddy Into a Good Dog
Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action. I recommend these dog training videos, which are based on respect and leadership. [read more]
Teach Your Bichon Frise To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training Bichons Frises. A dog who respects you will do what you say and will stop what he's doing when you tell him "No." Teaching your dog to respect you means interacting with him in specific ways that encourage respect. [read more]
You Need Dog Training Help.... But From Where? Private Lessons? Public Classes? Dog Training Books? Dog Training Videos?
So your puppy needs training.... or your adult dog needs training.... and you're looking for some help. Should you hire a professional trainer to come to your house? send your dog away to be trained? sign up for a group obedience class? read a book? watch a few videos? Here's my advice on where to get dog training help when you really need it. [read more]
Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your Bichon Frise
My method of training Bichons Frises includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. Teach your dog words and he will understand what you say. Teach those words in the right ways and he will actually DO what you say. [read more]
Solving Bichon Frise Behavior Problems
One of the most common questions dog owners ask me is: "How can I stop my dog from doing (a specific bad behavior)?" My answer is almost always the same, no matter what the misbehavior is.... [read more]
Training Bichon Frise Puppies
Just got a new puppy? Bichon Frise puppy training starts the moment you bring your puppy home. If you use the wrong teaching method, your puppy will begin making decisions about how he wants you to fit into his life, and that's a recipe for conflict and behavior problems. Whatever your puppy does, you must react properly or he will learn the wrong things. Here's my recommended schedule (what to teach, when to teach it) for training your Bichon Frise puppy. [read more]
Housebreaking Your Bichon Frise
There are two keys to housebreaking. Just two, but you have to get them both right. And I mean 100% right, not 50% right. Otherwise you're going to end up with a dog who is 50% potty trained, and who wants that? So here they are – your two keys to housebreaking.... [read more]
Here are my dog training tips for training Bichon Frise puppies and adult dogs:
Start housebreaking right away. But expect it to take many months before your Bichon Frise's miniaturized internal organs are strong enough for reliable control. Until potty training is complete, your Bichon must not be loosed in the house. It is so easy for him to sneak behind a chair or under a small table, and it takes only a few seconds for the deed to be done. The results can be hard to see and when you don't see it, you don't correct it – and so the bad habit becomes established.
If you live in a cold or rainy climate, housebreaking will be especially difficult, because Bichons hate both the cold and the rain. A COVERED potty area is strongly recommended. Sometimes a doggy door is necessary so your Bichon Frise can run outside the moment he feels the urge. Read more about housebreaking a Bichon Frise.
Start training your Bichon Frise puppy the moment you bring him home. But you need to teach the right things in the right ways. Read more about training Bichon Frise puppies.
Teach your Bichon Frise how to stay alone. That sounds odd, I know. But many Bichons are overly dependent on constant companionship and will bark or chew things up when they're lonely. You definitely don't want to leave a Bichon Frise alone too much (more than four hours a day is too much for this breed). But you DO want to leave him alone sometimes so that he learns how to deal with it without developing a behavioral issue called "separation anxiety."
Teach your Bichon Frise to respect you. Respect Training is the key to training your Bichon Frise to be well-behaved.
Teach the right words to your Bichon Frise. My method of training Bichons includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. You will need to work especially hard on "Quiet" because Bichons can be barkers.
"Enough" is another important word because Bichons often demand too much attention. Your dog needs to learn how to be independent, to stand on his own four feet and find things to do on his own. Teaching healthy independence to your dog is covered in my training book.
Stop searching for dog training tips for each behavior problem. There are no little tricks that stop individual behavior problems. You stop most behavior problems by providing your dog with more exercise and interesting activities, providing more hours of companionship, and establishing the right relationship of respect between you and your dog.
Socialize your Bichon Frise with strangers and other dogs. This is usually not difficult because many Bichons like everyone and are excellent with other pets. However, some Bichons are standoffish, and if you don't teach them early on to be friendly and trusting toward people they don't know, their natural caution can become skittishness or suspiciousness, which are no fun to live with.
Read more about why your dog acts the way he does toward strangers and other animals.
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.