Bichon Frise: Crate Training
The crate is your Bichon Frise’s special private
place. When your pet goes into his/her crate it is
seeking a personal den-like space where he feels safe
and can relax and should be left undisturbed. Your
Bichon Frise’s crate should be large enough for your dog
to stand up, turn around and lie down in. Make sure
though it isn’t too large where he can go potty in one
end away from where he lies down.
When you first bring your Bichon Frise home and
he/she is out of its crate you want to keep an eye on
it. Create barriers or use gates at entrances or exits
to the room where you and your pet are if you are busy
doing other things.
If possible do not leave your Bichon Frise in a crate
all day long. Even though your pet may like its “little
den” being locked up in one all day is sure to drive
him/her crazy. If you work all day long find someone to
come in and take your dog out for a lunch break or a
long afternoon walk.
If you have to leave your Bichon Frise in the crate
for extended periods of time, establish a regular
routine. Such as…20 minutes after feeding when your dog
needs to go… take your dog outside to potty before
returning him/her to its crate.
Better yet find a space preferably a room without
rugs for your Bichon. Place the crate or bed at one end
of the room and housebreaking pee pads at the other end.
Be sure to place plenty of toys in the center of the
room to keep your pet occupied. Remember your Bichon
Frise is a lively, intelligent loving little dog and
he/she depends on you to keep him healthy, happy and
Introduce your Bichon Frise to a regular routine as
soon as possible. This is true for walks and especially
outdoor potty trips. Return to a familiar spot and offer
praise and treats to encourage good potty behavior. Have
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