Bichon Frise: Nipping & Biting
Nipping and biting can occur
for a number of reasons. As a Bichon Frise owner it is
important for you to pay attention and figure out when
and why your dog is exhibiting this behavior. Dogs often
snap at each other to communicate that they donít like
whatís happening. When the pet nips at you or at another
person you need to teach them that this is unacceptable
When nipping or snapping
occurs and youíre trying to figure out Why? Ask
Who? Who was dog
What? What person was
doing at time?
When? When nipping
occurred what was your pet doing?
Where? Where did it
happen? (New situation or new environment?)
How? How did person
or I respond?
How did Bichon Frise
If you have a Bichon Frise puppy, nipping can be an
overly exhibited way of trying to communicate and play
with you. Your job will be to teach your pet how to
interact appropriately. Withdraw all social interaction
and attention from your pet to discourage this . If your
Bichon Frise is not a puppy and he/she has learned this
behavior it may take a while to teach him/her the more
When your dog nips or snaps
at you, try this:
Say, "Stop" or ďOuch"
in high-pitched voice,
Ignore dog. Do not speak to
or touch them.
When Bichon Frise is calm
give attention and praise.
Resume previous activity, if
playing etc. If nipping occurs again repeat correction.
Repetition of correcting
behavior will help your dog to figure out he/she
receives attention and praise from appropriate behavior.
* If your Bichon Frise dog
is nipping and biting out of fear or anxiety then they
most likely need socialization training. Ignoring and
isolating your dog will not help your dog to learn
important social skills. Taking your pet to an obedience
training class is recommended.
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