The Bichon Frise is an adorable breed of dog that is known for their glorious white coat. They have a fun, playful attitude and their affectionate nature makes them great playmates for other dogs and children. (1, 2) The Bichon Frise originates from the Canary Island, Tenerife, and was a relatively unknown breed before migrating to the United States in the 1950s. (1, 3)
Today, the Bichon Frise is well loved around the world and has grown in popularity. This has led to many pet parents adopting the breed as a puppy. If you are interested in adopting a Bichon Frise puppy, here is a quick guide on how you can properly raise one.
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How To Potty Train A Bichon Frise Puppy
Younger Bichon Frise puppies will have to relieve themselves more frequently than older dogs. Multiple trips outside during the day are recommended to prevent indoor accidents. As with other dogs, potty training a Bichon Frise puppy will require a set schedule to help them learn. As the puppy gets older, you will be able to teach him to associate meals with potty breaks. (4) An easy way to start teaching a schedule is by taking your puppy out for potty breaks around the same time that he is fed.
Crate training is a particularly effective method for potty training Bichon Frise puppies. This method of training is done by putting your puppy in a large crate overnight. This will teach your puppy that the crate is its personal space. Dogs naturally do not want to relieve themselves in their personal space. (4, 5) By putting them in a crate and taking them out to relieve themselves regularly, they will learn the proper place to potty is outdoors. Remember to always praise your puppy for doing their business outside. This will encourage him in his potty training journey. (5)
If you are nervous that your Bichon puppy still might have an accident in the house, there are options to help. Puppy training pads are an excellent way to invest in a cleaner home while you are still potty training your pup. Training pads are simple, clean, and can help reduce the risk of your dog ruining your carpet! Luckily, here at TruDog, we sell some of the best and most affordable Premium Potty Pads available on the market.
When And Why To Vaccinate A Bichon Frise Puppy
You might not have to vaccinate your Bichon puppy depending on where you got him. If the person you got your puppy from did not provide a comprehensive listing of your puppy’s shot history, it only takes a simple visit to the vet to find out what shots are needed. Unless you have the proof in paperwork, never assume that your dog is up to date with their shots. (6)
The shots and vaccinations that your dog receives can save his life. There are particularly nasty diseases that specifically target puppies such as the canine parvovirus, which has the potential to be deadly and has no cure. Most pet parents are also aware of rabies. Rabies is another horrible disease that is fully preventable through vaccines. (6, 7, 8)
When it comes to vaccines, the risk is too great to ignore shots. It is always better to play things safe and ensure that your Bichon puppy is up to date with its shots and vaccines.
How To Feed A Bichon Frise Puppy
Puppies eat a lot, and your Bichon puppy will be no exception. It is common for Bichon puppies to eat 3 – 4 meals per day. (9) As a general rule, the younger they are, the more they will need to eat. However, it won’t take long before your Bichon Frise will move onto a regular schedule for meals.
The schedule of a meal is an important part of a puppy’s life. But a high-quality diet is absolutely vital. Bichon puppies do particularly well with higher grade foods. (2) The benefits of feeding high-quality food are tremendous. Thankfully, TruDog offers an extraordinary selection of raw dog foods that can fit all types of dogs!
One of our most popular foods is our FEED ME Beef. This product is made with top-tier raw ingredients that will set your puppy up for a happy life. (10) This means that all of the ingredients are completely natural and served in as raw a form as possible. In other words, you won’t find any artificial fillers, coloring, or flavors. (11, 12) The product contains 99% real beef and is full of natural omega oils. (9, 13) It’s an outstanding way to introduce your Bichon Frise puppy to a safe and nutritional diet that you can rely on for life.