Bichon Frise puppy care takes a little time and effort, but it will be worth every minute! Bichons need extensive grooming, but they are otherwise easy to care for.
Just as getting ready for a new baby takes some thought and planning, getting ready for your new puppy will require some preparation as well .
You will need to puppy-proof your home and purchase some basic equipment before you go to get your new Bichon Frise puppy.
Caring for Your Bichon Frise Puppy
Taking time to care for your puppy and to teach her manners and obedience, is well worth the effort!
Taking care of a new puppy is lots of fun, and it can also be lots of work! But, once you get the hang of it, you’ll bond with your new puppy and enjoy many good times together.
Bichon Frise puppy care, while important, is not difficult when you know what to do…
Basics of Bichon Frise Puppy Care
As a new Bichon Frise puppy owner, you will have some responsibilities. Here are some of the things that will be your responsibility:
- A place to sleep – Initially you may have your puppy sleep in his crate. However, as she gets older, you may want to have a comfortable bed, near your family’s activities, for him to use during daylight hours.
- Dog Food – You’ll need to decide on a good dog food and diet for your dog, and put him on a regular dog feeding schedule.
- Obedience Training – Part of Bichon Frise puppy care is training. You’ll need to socialize your dog to get along with other dogs and with people. And obedience training for good manners will help your dog be a better companion. The system used by Doggie Dan is gentle and loving, and it works very well with stubborn little Bichons!
- Safety – You can prevent accidents by erecting a fence or using an invisible electric fence to keep your puppy safe. And you need to provide safe toys for your puppy.
- Grooming – You will need to groom your Bichon Frise dog regularly, even if you take her to a professional groomer. Brushing and handling your new puppy helps you bond with her. And puppies love the attention!
- House training – You must get your Bichon Frise puppy house trained. Bichons can be difficult to potty train. This FREE mini-course on Bichon Frises will give you some good ideas.
- Protection from the elements – When the weather gets too hot or too cold for your puppy, you need to help him out. You may have to provide a way to keep him comfortable.
- Health care – You’ll need to observe when your puppy is not feeling well. She can’t tell you that she is not feeling well, so you need to notice when she is not eating, acting sluggish or otherwise not up to snuff. Your puppy may develop diarrhea or get worms. She can’t tell you, so you have to be observant.
So, if you are very busy and will not have much time to spend with your dog, a Bichon Frise may not be the dog for you.
On the other hand, if you can spend some quality time each day with your Bichon puppy, you will be rewarded by the companionship of a true friend, who really loves you!