Bichon Frise Training – The 8 Essentials

Bichon frise training is something you can accomplish on your own time in the comfort of your own home.  This particular breed of dog is very cleaver, happy-go-lucky and eager to please.  All you need to do is provide him with the proper obedience and he’ll be the ideal companion you can take with you everywhere you go.

However, if you are not familiar with bichon frise training or have never owned a dog before, you might not know what is needed in order to complete your objective.  The following are the essentials you will require to achieve your goal:

  1. Understand the breed – Not all dogs are alike.  The type of breed as well as the individual personality of a canine is something that must be considered when you teach them.  For instance, the bichon is a smart and highly social dog.  He does not need harsh obedience or dominance training.  Firm and gentle teachings that are followed with praise and reward is ideal.

  2. Training aids – The basics you will require include: collar, 6-foot lead, treats for reward and toys for fetching.   You may also find guidebooks, training videos, clickers or the guidance of a professional trainer helpful.

  3. Good learning environment – Bichon frise training should take place in an area with few distractions to encourage focus.  Choose a calm and quiet location in your home where the most interesting part of the atmosphere is you.

  4. Objective – Know what commands or tricks you want your pet to learn before you start a lesson, and know what hand signals or word you will use for each.  The more organized you are the more fluid your teaching skills will be.

  5. Dedication – Follow through with your training commands from start to finish and only move on when he has comprehension.  Make training a regular part of his daily routine and continue to refresh his memory with all of the things he’s learned.  Consistency is key to learning.

  6. Be reasonable – Don’t expect your pal to want to engage in bichon frise training for extended periods of time.  He will become bored and restless.  A dog’s attention span is limited, so for best results stick to short 5 – 10 minute session periods and take breaks.

  7. Patience – Your companion is not always going to learn right away or do what you want.  Some days he will be more agreeable to training than other days.  You cannot lose your cool.  A good teacher is a patient one.

  8. Positive attitude and encouragement – While treats are excellent rewards, praising your dog with words, pets and playtime helps him understand that he has pleased you.  Always use positive reinforcement when bichon frise training.  Do not scold your dog for not responding correctly to a command during a lesson; don’t reward him at all.  Your silence will be enough for him to know he has not performed the desired behavior without making him upset.  Never hit your dog.

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