Holistic dog care, or taking care of your dogs mind, body and spirit, will keep your your dog happier and healthier.
Dogs thrive on love, attention and healthy dog care products without harmful chemicals.
With so many wonderful organic dog care products on the market, natural dog care has become very easy. And a healthier dog is happier and more fun to be around.
Just as people can have mental and emotional problems, dogs do too–if they are not having all of their needs met. Those needs include physical, emotional and medical needs.
Holistic Dog Care Starts Early
Bichon Frise care begins the moment you get your Bichon puppy. Taking care of a puppy is much like caring for a child, and you’ll soon find that it is fun, as well!
Dog care for Bichons does require time and patience, as this dog breed is very sociable, needs people contact, and requires daily grooming.
While some dog breeds do well living outdoors, this is definitely not the case for Bichon Frises. A Bichon is a good example of a pampered puppy!
Bichons adore being with their human family, and, if neglected in this respect, they may rebel in frustration—peeing in the house or destroying your personal objects.
Natural Healing for Dogs
Dr. Goldstein DVM, is a veterinarian who believes that the body must heal itself:
“Holistic pet care essentially revolves around the notion that the best way to cure an animal who is ill is to help the animal cure itself. We are not the true healers of our pets–they are. By treating the root of the problem instead of its symptoms, holistic medicine enables our pets to regain and maintain their own health.”
Dr. Goldstein uses holistic dog care very successfully in his practice, for dogs with cancer and leukemia.
Another veterinarian who has had great success with curing dogs with cancer is Dr. Demian Dressler. He shares his secrets and (very successful) methods in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. If your dog has cancer, I highly recommend buying this top quality book.
What Do Dogs Need?
Dogs have a number of needs that must be met to keep them healthy:
- A healthy diet and a regular feeding schedule
- Healthy dog treats
- Regular grooming – For Bichon Frises, this means that you need to brush them daily, in addition to trips to the groomer.
- Dental care – teeth brushing, dental chews, dental gel and checkups by the vet.
- Paw care – including trimming nails.
- Ear cleaning
- Emergency Care – You’ll need to be ready for emergency first aid, natural disasters like hurricanes and other emergencies that affect pets.
- Attention and love – companionship
- Positive reinforcement
- Comfortable and safe environment
- Transportation – You can take your dog with you in a purse or sling dog carrier or even in a carrier on your bicycle.
Medical Needs for Dogs
- Medical attention, when needed
- Care when your Bichon Frise is pregnant
- Dog Medical Insurance – If you can afford it, this could save you hundreds of dollars as your dog gets older.
- Vaccinations when needed
Exercise for You and Your Dog
Adding a Bichon Frise to your family requires a commitment to caring for your Bichon Frisee. A Bichon needs high quality attention and affection every day!
And, even though they are small lap dogs, Bichons also need exercise. Exercise releases endorphins in your dog’s brain, giving him a feeling of well-being. And, of course, it help keep your dog healthy and physically fit.
Daily exercise for Bichons relieves anxiety and it can help cut down on chewing and barking activities–two behaviors that can be hard to break.
But exercise for dogs is even more. It’s lots of fun–for both of you!
Bichons Require Lots of Attention!
There are many ways that you can spend quality time with your Bichon Frise. Some may involve grooming tasks or dog health care—while others may simply involve spending quiet moments and snuggling together.
Bichon Frises have always been close companions of their people. And, while it’s true that they love being pampered, you will receive lots of love and devotion in return.
All the little things count for holistic dog care for your Bichon. Little things like feeding your dog, providing a comfortable place to sleep, daily grooming and pampering and fun training games for your new puppy.
Plan to spend a little time each day on Bichon Frise care and you will end up with a happy, well-adjusted Bichon Frise who is lots of fun to have around.
Fun with Your Bichon Frise Dog
Keeping your Bichon Frise dog healthy and happy is part of her care. A happy and loved dog is a healthy dog, emotionally.
When you think of dogs having fun, toys naturally come to mind. Bichons who are gentle chewers enjoy cuddling and rough housing with their favorite stuffed toys. And those who are aggressive chewers do better with more indestructible toys or kong toys (perhaps filled with a treat or peanut butter).
Because Bichons are social creatures, you might consider dressing your baby in a Halloween costume for trick or treating on Halloween. Or host a Halloween party or a birthday party for your dog and her friends.
Natural Products for Holistic Dog Care
There are now many excellent natural dog health care products on the market, using herbs, homeopathy or nutritional supplements, instead of conventional medicines. This allows us a number of choices for the care of our pets.
Holistic dog care, meaning that you meet all your dog’s needs, will make your life and your dog’s life—a lot happier.
A happy and healthy dog is a pleasant dog to have around. And when your dog is pleasant, you will be happier, too!