Bichon Frises are driven by a desire to please their owners, which is why they are highly trainable dogs.Bichons can be stubborn and difficult to train for housebreaking.A combination of consistency, dedication, and positive reinforcement is necessary to properly train your Bichon Frise.
Step 1: Immediately start breaking the house.
When you get home, you should put the dog on the toilet and praise it when it goes.This is the beginning of your training.
Step 2: Go ahead with crate training.
Bichon Frises can be difficult to potty train.Many owners are wary of crate training because they don't want to confine their pets.Dogs do not mind being occasionally confined to a crate.It's inevitable that a dog will be crating for road trips or overnight vet visits.It's a good idea to get your pet used to a crate.Try to make entering the crate a treat.Provide a small treat before it enters its crate and keep it comfortable.Close the door for a few seconds before opening it.Continue until your dog feels comfortable in it.Sometimes a puppy will have an accident in its crate.After three months, most puppies should be able to sleep soundly in their crate.Talk to a vet if your dog is still having bathroom problems after 3 months.If it's not supervised, you'll have to keep your dog in the crate.When you go to bed, go out, or are busy with household chores, your Bichon will need to be in its crate.It's a good idea to play with it for 10 to 15 minutes before putting it in a crate.To keep use to a minimum, it is important not to treat the crate as a "cage" or "prison".If necessary, when you are home keep the dog on a lead so you can keep an eye on it and take it outside to toilet as soon as you notice signs of it wanting to use the bathroom.
Step 3: Take your dog for a walk every few hours.
If you have a puppy, take it out more frequently.It's a good idea to get your Bichon on a bathroom schedule and teach it outside.It's a good idea to let your Bichon out every 2 to 3 hours.After it eats, you should let it out for 10 to 15 minutes.It's most likely to use the bathroom at this time.Praise it when it goes outside.Allowing the Bichon to walk around can help with this.You can take it to a place you've seen other dogs use as a bathroom.The scent will make it more likely to go there.When the toilets make a lot of noise, praise them and give them a treat.For the first couple of weeks, keep a diary.Take notes of when and where your dog went outside.Take a moment to write down times.You would like to know your Bichon's bathroom schedule.It is possible to teach it to associate the outdoors with using the bathroom by planning walks and outings when it is more likely to go.You will have to keep crating your Bichon until it is accident free in the house.
Step 4: If your Bichon is stubborn about housebreaking, you should try paper training.
Small dogs can be difficult to train.If you keep having problems with your dog going inside, you might want to consider paper training.If you use newspaper, pads, or other absorbent material you can leave around the house for paper training, but not inside.Positive reinforcement is the only way to train your Bichon.Praise your dog if it uses the proper materials indoors, and correct it when it doesn't.Scolding should be done in an authoritarian voice.Don't get hysterical and yell.This confuses a dog.Paper training is not advised if you have a male.Males are more likely to struggle with paper training and have trouble differentiating between appropriate and inappropriate places to urinate.
Step 5: Be sure to teach your dog not to bite.
Biting can be a problem with Bichons.The biting is a form of play that is friendly.The dog might not know that biting can be painful.If you have young children, it's important that you teach this behavior to your dog.The "Be a Tree" approach can be used by your kids.Standing still, with limbs at your side, and avoiding eye contact with the dog is what this means.Bichons bite for a variety of reasons, from trying to play to asserting authority.They will become bored if the behavior is not getting a response.If you have young children, keep an eye on them.Do not allow your child to interrupt a Bichon while it is eating, playing with its toys, or drinking water.The dog might bite if it becomes territorial.It might learn to bite if his resources are threatened frequently.If your child is old enough to respect a dog's boundaries, supervise any interactions.Positive and negative reinforcement can be used to train a Bichon not to bite.It is a good idea to keep an eye on a Bichon when it is out of its crate.Correct the behavior immediately if you notice it.If your dog bites during play, ignore it for a few seconds to show that it's over.It is possible to change a Bichon's biting tendencies.Place a toy or bone in the Bichon's mouth when it nibbles its hands or fingers.As long as it's done to its toys and snacks and not its people, biting is okay.Biting should not be encouraged.A Bichon is not a dog you should wrestle or otherwise rough house with as this leads to timid and even aggressive behaviors.
Step 6: Good leash manners to practice.
Basic leash training is required for Bichons, who can be excellent walking companions.If it's a puppy, make sure your dog is comfortable in his collar.A lightweight leather collar is ideal for a Bichon.It might take your dog a while to get used to wearing a collar, so take it off when you're not around.Slowly introduce your dog to the leash.Before attaching it to the collar, allow your dog to sniff it and get familiar with it.You can begin walking your dog once it is familiar.Start small.Walk the dog around the house.Praise it if it walks by you on a leash.Don't pull the leash back if it pulls.This can strain a Bichon's neck and give the dog attention for acting out.You need to show your dog that pulling on the leash will lead to nowhere.Simply stop walking and call your dog back to you.Once your dog is well behaved inside, you can take it for walks around the neighborhood.A 15 to 20 minute walk a few times a day is ideal and will give you enough time to adapt to walking on a leash.
Step 7: Small dog syndrome is something that you should be aware of.
Small dog syndrome can be a problem with smaller dogs.Small dogs are protected from the world because owners don't discipline their dogs for barking and biting.There are a number of behavioral problems that result from improper socializing.Make sure your dog is safe and happy when near larger dogs.People pick up small dogs in the presence of bigger dogs, or yell loudly when they're approached by big dogs.Both behaviors teach that big dogs should be afraid, which can lead to territorial behaviors.If your dog is calm, give it treats and praise and talk to it calmly.If a big dog passes, do not praise your dog if it is not calm.This will lead to your dog being spoiled and expecting more attention in the future.Small dogs should be disciplined the same way large dogs are.In small dogs, people let nipping, barking, and aggression go unaddressed because they think they're less likely to cause physical harm.A small dog could easily attack a young child and their bites can be hard enough to require stitches.Do not allow your Bichon's size to determine how you treat it, and never give it a pass for aggressive behaviors.
Step 8: Start with "sit" and then "lie down"
Lay out the groundwork for nearly every command a dog can perform by sitting and lying down.A dog must be sitting.A dog must lie down to roll over.You should start with "sit" and "lie down" as these are the first commands.Begin by sitting.To teach sit, stand up, say sit and then use a treat and draw an arcs over the puppy's head so that as it goes up its bottom goes down, praise it with treats and other rewards.When you say sit, use hand motions.You can gesture for your dog to sit down.As your dog learns the command, you can phase out hand gestures.Try to repeat the command 10 or 15 times a day until your Bichon learns to sit without hand gestures of constant reinforcement in the form of treats or praise.When it's disruptive with guests or before you take him for a walk, you should be able to get your Bichon to sit.It is possible to transition from sit to lie down.Use a treat to lure it into a lying position.When you get your dog to sit, hold the treat at floor level and slowly move it away from him so that he can lie down and get it.When your dog is lying down, praise it with treats and attention.Practice until you can phase out rewards and hand gestures.
Step 9: It's a good idea to teach your dog to come.
Every dog should learn come quickly.Knowing to come when called can prevent accidents and allow your dog to have more freedom.Your goal in teaching "come" is to get your dog to go to you when you say it.It's doable with dedication and patience.When your dog comes back to you, praise them.If you were to call them back, never punish them.It's important that your dog doesn't associate coming to you with negative consequences.Positive reinforcement can be given to your dog when it obeys.Provide access to a toy or bed.It looks forward to hearing come, it should be a positive sound for your dog.Make your dog perform the command 15 to 20 times by practicing several sets of "come here".The behavior in your dog should be solidified by doing 3 to 4 sets a day.Allow your dog to return to play once it has followed the command.It will be taught that "come" doesn't mean play time is over.Don't let your dog off its leash in public until it masters the "come" command.
Step 10: The next step is to other basic commands.
Bichons are very trainable.Once you've mastered basic commands like sit, lie down, and come, you can move on to more advanced ones.It's easy to observe and reinforce certain behaviors with a command.Then praise the desired behaviors.If you want to teach your dog to speak, say "speak" when it barks, and praise it.It's important that this isn't in response to disruptive barking, such as barking at other dogs or people.Immediate consequences are needed as dogs live in the present.If you want your dog to beg on cue, and you see it on its hind legs, immediately reward it with food or praise.The best way to teach certain behaviors is to simply watch for them, but other behaviors can be taught in a different way.If you want your dog to shake your hand, you can move its paw towards you while saying "shake" or "Give me a paw."Reward it when its paw hits your hand.When you say "shake," your dog needs to lift its hand.The desired behavior can be practiced for 15 to 20 minutes a day.This will get your dog to perform when needed.Many owners think they have to act like an alpha dog.Rolling a dog on its side, pinching his neck, or other forms of punishment should never be used as a form of discipline.Dogs don't respond to this and it can cause feelings of fear.Making your dog understand his schedule is on your terms is a better way to assert authority.Before you let your dog go for a walk, make him sit.Before putting food in its bowl, make it lie down.
Step 11: There are more elaborate training opportunities that you can look into.
Bichons can easily get beyond the basics.There are a variety of ways to train your dog.If your dog knows the basics of sit, lie down, and come here, you should enroll in an advanced training class.Training is a great way to socialize your dog and a professional trainer can help you teach him more elaborate tricks.In the presence of many different types of dogs, your dog will learn how to behave.Bichons have skill sets that are not limited to party tricks.Bichons are popular with owners for their agility training.There are agility courses in your area.It's a great hobby that fosters a healthy, happy relationship between you and your dog, and you can compete at shows sometimes for cash prizes.Bichons are excellent therapy dogs.If you want to get your Bichon certified for hospital or therapy work, look into programs in your area.Biches love people and have a friendly personality.It can be rewarding to have your dog help people with disabilities or interact with sick people.