If you want to have a cheerful, obedient and well behaved dog you need to invest some time and effort and train it properly. Your dog can be a source of joy and pleasure or a proper nuisance, depending on how good a job you did training him.
Genes might have some influence on your dog’s temperament, but not to such an extent that the bad temper can’t be corrected with proper care or good spoiled with neglect or roughness. Breeders usually won’t separate the puppy from its mother and siblings until it is at least 10 weeks old. This gives that puppy a chance to socialize and interact with other dogs and learn how to handle such interactions. It also prevents the frustration that occurs when a still young and vulnerable puppy is torn out from its comfort zone too soon. The breeder will also bring people to interact with the puppy in order to make it accustomed to human presence. Puppy will spend some time in a crate, separated from its family so that it can gradually get used to being apart from them.
These are the lessons that you will have to keep imparting once you bring the puppy home. You should make sure that every new experience for your puppy is a pleasant one. If you have people coming over they should be careful not to scare your dog, as it might learn to be afraid of people in general after several negative experiences. If one of the people that the puppy haven’t seen before wants to play with the puppy, he or she shouldn’t just pick up the dog, instead, he or she should crouch down in order to look less intimidating and allow the puppy to come out of its own volition.
Puppy’s crate should be considered private, and when the puppy is there it shouldn’t be disturbed by anyone, this will give your dog a safe refuge to which it can retire if it needs some peace and fails to communicate that to you in any other manner.
Use positive reinforcement as your only method of training, reward puppy with verbal praise, gentle pat or a treat. Just be careful, once you make the puppy used to the fact that his actions are a direct cause for the reward you are getting in danger of sending wrong signals. For instance, if your puppy is frightened by something your encouragement or cuddling might make him think that you are commending it for being frightened and that you support such behavior.
Try to develop routines with your puppy and stick to them, Bichons, just like most other dogs love security and stability. You should always keep in mind that Bichon Frise is a very sociable breed, which doesn’t only mean that it can handle the company of people, but also that it doesn’t like to be alone, as it quickly starts feeling abandoned. This is something every potential Bichon Frise owner should consider before buying or rescuing a puppy. If you won’t be able to devote a lot of time to your dog, you should probably think about getting a puppy of some other breed.