Why do some Bichon pups become biters or seem to become very shy? Why do some pet-shop Bichons turn into wonderful outgoing adults? What makes the difference? Obviously good temperament genes will overcome even careless handling. Unfortunately, even good genes will not tolerate bad handling and well-mannered Bichons can become biters or become aggressive in other ways.
It is important to understand that there are degrees of shyness that can lead to various types of temperament problems. The mildly shy Bichon will not do well in the show ring but becomes a delightful pet. The very shy dog can become quite aggressive, to the point of biting, unless properly handled. This is called “fear aggression” and the Bichon Frise breed may also suffer “separation anxiety”, a totally different temperament problem.
To avoid fear aggression, Your Bichon puppy may need training in a puppy kindergarten class (a type of obedience training for puppies). This should be a class that uses positive reinforcement training methods. The basis for this training is that the pup is praised, possibly given a small treat and given positive attention for good behavior and punishment is never a part of the training. Bichon puppies benefit from socialization, which is simply exposing the puppy to many types of situations in a positive way. Read the article published by the Bichon Frise Club of America titled “CREATING A PUPPY YOU CAN LIVE WITH“ for more information.
We would like to announce that the “Bichon Tips” app, is now available at: http://mybichonfrise.com. You may also find it in the iTunes and Google Play Store! It features both written and audio tips, picture albums and Bichon photo sharing on Instagram.
Bichon Frise App