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How to Potty Train a Bichon Frise: a Step-by-Step Guide

How to Potty Train a Bichon Frise_ a Step-by-Step Guide

Bichon Frise is a very intelligent Dog and is Easy to Potty Train Following these Tips:

  • Cage / Crate Training – Pup will usually not Pee where They sleep
  • Comfortable Bedding
  • Proper Times for taking Out
  • Determine Potty Area – Inside or Outside
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Principal Food In / Poop Out
  • Patience and Consistency

Potty Training / 10 Step Plan

Scientifically, having a dog with your growing kid improves your kid’s psychological and physical development. Not just for kids, dogs are the best companion for adults as well as seniors. Along with being the best playmates, dogs can teach responsibility, compassion, and cooperation. Before you go to dog adoption, it’s a good idea to have a little research about the basic needs and the training techniques for your dog. Different breeds have different temperaments, so it is good to have a search before going for pet adoption. Before bringing your pup home, make sure you have all the items on the puppy checklist.

The Bichon Frise is a cute low-shedding fur pup and is one of the friendliest dog breeds on the planet and the best breeds for families. They are fantastic playmates for your energetic children. They provide you to give your child lots of walks.

How to Training your Puppy

These pups are loyal, best with consistent training, and moderate activity. After bringing the pup home, one of the first tasks is to potty-train him. Avoid overwhelming by the thought of training him outdoor because crate training is the best technique to train these pups with remarkably effective results.

Of course, when you housebreak a pup, you need commitment, patience, and consistency and they will spend some time to get the job done. If you fail to potty-train your dog, you may find hidden piles of poop and smelly stains around the house, on your carpets and sofas as well as the place you never have considered looking for.

Apartment Training

If your pup is leaving such surprises for you, it is suggested to use a UV ultraviolet blacklight flashlight to help you find and clean any urine spots.

Just as for the child’s toilet training is not always an overnight success, the same goes for your little Bichons. Bichons are your little puppy babies and may take a little time to get used to the idea. They do not have built-in instincts that instruct them to go out and do the business.

Here are the steps to potty-train your Bichon Frise:

Step 1: Understand the Purpose of Using the Crate

Before you start the training, you first need to understand that keeping your dog in a crate doesn’t mean you are punishing him or restricting his activity. The purpose of the crate is to avoid accidents in the house. Even after the potty-training, your pup should feel comfortable in the crate for taking a nap or having some alone time and should feel secure in that place. The crate will ultimately become his security spot.

Crate Training

Step 2: The Crate Should be Comfortable

Purchase a crate for your pup in which he feels comfortable and it should be large enough to hold the dog bed. The size of the crate should be appropriate so that your pet can stand up, lay down or turn around easily but there should not be much extra space.

Step 3: Line up the Puppy Crate

If you are considering to crate-train your pup, line-up the puppy’s crate with newspaper or disposable bed pads made for people. These pads are the right size for small dog breed crate and do not have any attractants to encourage the puppy to pee on them.

These are just the simple linings for the crate to avoid accidents. Regular puppy pads are used differently and help the pup to pee and poop in a location that is on the pad. Bichons have natural instincts to not eliminate in the crate so you can take advantage of this.

Step 4: Specify the Potty-Area

The next step is to decide a potty-area for your pup. Take your pup outside every hour and lead him to the designated potty area of your yard. Designating a certain area for your dog to do his business will make the cleaning process much easier.

How to Potty Train a Bichon Frise: a Step-by-Step Guide 1

Step 5: Praise for the Right Action

Wait for your Bichon Frise to do his business and then praise him excitedly and offer him a small treat. Praising and rewarding for the desired behavior increases the likelihood of repeating that behavior.

Step 6: Keep Him in the Crate When You are Away

Keep your Bichon Frise in his crate for the whole night and during long absences. Because your dog has a natural aversion to digging their dens, keeping the pup in the crate will minimize the frequency of accidents.

Step 7: Take Him to the Potty-Area as Soon as You Release Him From the Crate

Remember to take your Bichon Frise to the designated potty-area every time you release him from the crate. Take your pup and lead him to the potty area. Continue praising and rewarding your pup when he does his business as directed.

Step 8: Link Any Command to This Specific Behavior

While training, try to link and incorporate any command like “go pee” when you take your dog to the desired area. Over time, the dog will start connecting the command with the behavior. Eventually, when you open the door and command him, he will go straight to the designated potty-area on his own and will do the business.

Step 9: Be Patient and Consistent

Patience and consistency are the key points of any training. Be patient and consistent with your pup throughout the training process. Avoid punishments if your dog has an accident during the potty-training. Just keep praising and rewarding good behavior.

Step 10: Try Paper Training for Your Stubborn Pups

Bichons can be difficult to house train. If you keep having problems with your dog going inside despite following the potty-training protocol, consider paper training your dog.  Paper training means to teach your pups to use the newspaper, sold out papers for training purposes. Always go for positive reinforcement to paper train the Bichon.

Praise him when he uses the proper material indoor and correct him if he makes a mistake. Never get hysterical and resort to yelling as this only frightens your pup. For male Bichons, paper training is not advised, and they have trouble to differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate places to urinate as compared to the females and are likely to struggle more with the paper training.

The priority when you bring your pup home is to begin housebreaking training. When you bring a pup home it usually is 5-8 weeks old and this age is perfect to potty train your pup. Checkout and make sure you have all the puppy supplies before the arrival of your cute little pup.

You can start to potty train your pup on the very first day. At first, you will just take the pup outside for a few minutes; repeat this after meals and before putting your pup in a crate after playtime.

Generally, the potty-training for the puppy will take a minimum of several weeks and with stubborn pups, the house training may exceed several months. To be successful you just need to be consistent, take your pup outside on a schedule so his body adjusts to eliminate at specific times.

Notice the Signals/ I Need to Pee

Every pup gives signs when they need to go outside. Some of the common signs to notice are:

  • They go to the door
  • Some may begin to sniff
  • Or may turn in circles
  • Some start starring you with that look
  • Others may whine
  • Or they may bark to let you know that they need to go out.

Pay attention to the puppy signals when they want you to take them out. No matter what, take your dog out right away and let him try. Going outside for business is not playtime, be there with your dog, but don’t be playful until he has either relieved himself or forgotten completely distracted. House training a puppy can be fun for both of you. Infect, it will build a bond between you and your pup making him and trust you even more. Good luck with the training session.

Top 10 Bichon Designer Breeds / Parents /Size / Video

Designer MixParentsSizeVideo
MaltichonBichon / MalteseHeight / 8-11 inches
Weight / 8 - 13 lbs
Bichpoo Bichon / PoodleHeight / 9 - 14 inches
Weight / 6 - 9 lbs
Shichon Bichon / Shih TzuHeight / 9 - 12 inches
Weight / 10 - 15lbs
Yorkie BichonBichon / YorkieHeight / 9 - 12 inches
Weight / 6 - 8 lbs
Bichon Yorkie
Chi Chon Bichon / ChihuahuaHeight / 8 - 10 Inches
Weight / 6 - 10 Lbs
Chi Chon
KashonBichon / Cairn TerrierHeight / 9 - 15 Inches
Weight / 10 -18 Lbs
Goldichon Bichon / Golden RetrieverHeight/15 - 20 inches
Weight /20-40 Lbs
ChonzerBichon / Miniature SchnauzerHeight /10-16 inches
Weight / 25-35 lbs
Glechon Bichon / Beagle Height /15-16 inches
Weight / 15-35 lbs
Corgi Bichon / CorgiHeight /11-13 inches
Weight / 31-37 lbs
List of the Designer Breeds from the Bichon Frise
Name - Link for Research
Parents - Breeds of Dogs
Size Height / Weight
Video - Video of the Bichon Designer Breed

Chart of Bichon Birthing Accessories

Breeder BoxDo Not used Wired Dog cage
HeaterWe use space heater for whole Room
scaleTo Weigh Puppies make sure they are Gaining Weight
Clean towelsChande during Birthing to clean up
Protected SpaceKeep Mother away from other Dogs to avoid Distress
Draft ProtectionDrafts can chill and kill a Puppy
Squash protectionMothers can accidently squash a puppy
clean bedding to replace after birth - will be wet
SeclusionNeeds her Privacy - she can get Hyper
Rubber GlovesKeep things Clean and from Blood
Scisorrs & ThreadFor Cutting Cord
List of Needed Items to Have Prepared For Puppy Birth

Puppy Birthing Complications

If UnsureTake to Vet If Time allows
Keep Mother IsolatedIf Other dogs around she could get defensive and accidently Hurt Puppies
Puppy Accidentally CrushedMake sure Not Giving Birth in Dog cage - puppies can work themselves through mesh and get Damaged
Not BreathingGently Give it Mouth to mouth
Not breathingMassage Puppy trying to gently force fluid from his lungs
Puppy StuckGently Pull
Puppy BreechHelp Guide legs out
Puppy ColdRaise Enviorment to 85 degrees
Puppy ColdChange Wet Bedding
Puppy ColdWarm Puppy up put on Your body till body heat warms him
Puppy ColdNo drafts - No metal Floor Pan on Cage
Puppy not going on NippleHelp Guide him to nipple till he gets hand of it
Puppy not feedingTry Small baby Bottle
let him suck - do not force him - can drown him with milk going in lungs
Puppy not feedingUse puppy Milk Supplement
Puppy Not feeding check for Cleft Palate
Puppy Not FeedingTake to Vet - he can show you Catheter Feeding
Puppy Not GrowingMake sure Mother has plenty Food Water
Puppy Not GrowingYou can check on scale
Labor stops or is prolonged over 24 hours Take to vet - C section can save litter and Mother if needed
Mother does not Remove MembraneYou will Need to Manually remove it
Mother does not chew through Umbilical CordYou will need to cut it 1/2 " away from puppies body tier with thread
Here is a List of Puppy Birth Complications you might Encounter
And Recommended Steps

Expense Table for Owning Bichons Frise

Average Cost of AKC PuppyPuppy ShotsFoodGrooming 4 / per yearCage / Accessories / Bowls / Brushes / Leash / CollarAKC - Registration
Within 6 Months of Purchase
Micro ChipYearly Meds
Heart Worm
Dog LicenseTotal InvestmentPuppies Possible / Year
$ 450 - No Breeding Rights$ 120$ 10 / Wk
High Quality Food
$ 45 ea / $180 YrCage - $50
Rest - 50
$ 35$ 45 - One Time Cost
By Vet
Heart Worm Meds - $60 / Yr
Worming - $ 30 / YR
$ 35 / Yr$ 1575 / Dog1-6 Puppies
Average 3
$ 750 - $ 950
Puppy with AKC Papers and No Restrictions
Total Investment
This Table just shows you the Expenses in Keeping a Bichon That we have found in Owning a Bichon

Breeds Descended from Water Dogs

Name of BreedCountry of Origin
American Water SpanielUnited States
Cantabrian Water DogSpain
English Water SpanielEngland
Irish water SpanielIreland
Lagotto RomagnoioItaly
Portuguese Water DogPortugal
Pudelpointer Germany
Spanish water DogSpain
Tweed water SpanielEngland
This a list of Breeds that have Descended from Medival times Water Dogs- used by Hunters

Bichon Frise Resource Links

Bichon Frise Club of AmericaUnited StatesLink
Bichon Frise AKCUnited StatesLink
Bichon Frise United Kennel ClubUKLink
Resources for Bichon Frise Owners and Breeders