Bichon Frise: Positive Reinforcement
Itís not necessarily what you say but how you say it
that will help you to communicate most effectively with
your Bichon Frise. Your pet is particularly sensitive to
your tone of voice.
Positive reinforcement goes a long way in teaching
good behavior. Praise or give a small treat when your
Bichon is doing the correct thing. Whether it is going
potty outside or quietly greeting visitors at the door
immediately reward him. However if your pet is acting
afraid donít confuse him by lavishing attention or
coddling him. Distract him/her by having him sit or stay
so that you can reward that specific behavior.
Your Bichon Frise is very intelligent after all they
used to be circus dogs and street performers. So give
them something to do. Train your Bichon. Establish
yourself as their leader by making rewards dependent on
behavior. This is not to say to use fear or negative
punishment to dominate your dog. Your pet is not unlike
your child in that he/she is dependent upon you to meet
their needs for water, food and shelter. You want to
create an open, compassionate and interesting
environment for your dog to thrive in.
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