After months and months of trying to figure out what type of puppy you want and which kinds are the cutest, you finally have decided to bring home a Bichon Frise pup and you have your heart set on a particular one. But it is extremely important to know exactly what you are getting yourself into. This dog has a mind that is all its own and will try to test you once in a while to see what it can and cannot get away with, just like a small child.
Their stubbornness is something that will stay with them their entire lives including after they grow into adult dogs so you better be prepared on how to handle it. Bichon Frise puppies are cute of course but they require a lot of work in order to make them a great addition to the house and one that no one will regret.
The one thing that commonly makes people turn and run the other way when considering adopting a Bichon Frise pup is the fact that it is so hard to potty train. Because it can take an extra long time there could be messes that are left from the dog, which can actually cost you money if carpet is destroyed. But it is not that the dog is not trainable, it just takes a little more time than with most other breeds.
So when you first bring home your new family member, potty training may be the first thing you want to get started on. Try not to let setbacks upset you too much, as that is a natural thing no matter what type of breed you are dealing with. Just give the love and support a child would need when potty training and you will be on your way to a successfully potty trained dog.
Even though most people would laugh at this and consider it common sense, you would be surprised how many people really and truly need to read this. Never hit, spank, spit at, yell at or otherwise abuse your Bichon Frise pup whether it is emotional or physical, abuse is abuse and is against the law. Not only is it against the law it is extremely harmful to the pup and you will only get the opposite of what you want from the pup when acting in such a manner.
You want your pup to respect you and to see you as its master out of love and kindness instead of out of fear of abuse and fear of survival. If you are treating your pup the way you would want to be treated, you will see that training sessions and tasks move a lot faster and get better results then if your pet fears you. Think twice before you ever speak in anger and always try to talk to your pet in a loving way.