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, while you are housebreaking your puppy, you may have him sleep in his metal dog crate.
However, as he gets older, you may want to have a comfortable bed or a furniture dog crate, near your family’s activities, for your puppy to use during daylight hours.
Feeding Your Puppy
You’ll need to decide on a good dog food and diet for your dog, and put him on a regular dog feeding schedule. Many people simply choose to continue using the dog food that their puppy ate at the breeders’.
You will also need to choose safe and appropriate dog bowls for your puppy. Plan to purchase these before you get your puppy, so you will have them when she arrives.
Training Your Puppy
Part of your pet parent responsibility is training. A well behaved Bichon Frise with good manners is loved by everyone. And fun to be with.
In addition, when your dog is well trained, you can take her anywhere. Taking your dog with you, gives you more opportunities to travel and to enjoy more events and activities.
When your puppy is still very young, you will need to socialize him so that he will be comfortable with people and with other dogs.
Your Puppy’s Health and Safety
When the weather gets too hot or too cold for your puppy, you’ll need to help him out. You may have to provide a way to keep him comfortable.
To keep your puppy safe, you may have to consider fencing.
And even the healthiest puppy can eat something bad for him or get sick once in awhile…
Grooming Your Puppy
You will need to groom or brush your Bichon Frise puppy regularly, even if you decide on the more informal Puppy Cut. Bichons, because of their thick double coats, require lots of attention and frequent grooming.
Because Bichons often have trouble with their teeth, you’ll also need to brush your dog’s teeth and consider using one of the gel or spray products that help keep plaque to a minimum.
In addition, keep your dog’s nails trimmed and her ears clean and free from hair.
Brushing and handling your new puppy helps you bond with her. And puppies love the attention!
Potty Training Your Puppy
For most of us, housebreaking our new puppy is high on the list of new puppy goals.
The sooner your puppy is potty trained, the more normal your life will become again!
And Bichon Frise puppies are noted for being very difficult to house train! This FREE mini-course on Bichon Frises will give you some good ideas.
Routine Puppy Care
Some things are just routine and all dog owners do these things. Your puppy will go through teething and other puppy stages as she matures.
But don’t forget that you’ll want to spend some special fun time with your new puppy. You can even provide him with little toys like stuffed animals.
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!