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Bichon Frise: Socialization

Bichon Frises are generally considered to be pretty sociable, cheerful and friendly little dogs. But sometimes they can be shy or appear a tad aloof. However if your Bichon is exhibiting overly fearful or aggressive behavior of course this is not desirable behavior. A Bichon Frise that is properly socialized is a well-behaved member of the family and fun to be around.

Of course if your Bichon Frise is a puppy itís the perfect time to begin teaching socialization skills. But even older or recently adopted dogs can benefit with socialization training. With proper socialization and obedience training your Bichon Frise can usually be taught to trust and interact in a more acceptable manner. It is important to socialize your pet rather than allow the behavior to continue.

Give your Bichon Frise plenty of opportunities to interact socially in a variety of ways; take your dog for regular walks, rides in the car, visits to the park and visits around your neighborhood. Expose your Bichon to different people, cars, bicycles and other stimuli. Also socialize your dog to the everyday events around the house, the mailman, neighbors, visitors and even household appliances. Pay attention to your Bichon Friseís reactions to different sounds or events and respond appropriately.

When teaching your Bichon Frise socialization skills avoid encouraging any antisocial behavior such as hiding in your arms and excessive coddling or cuddling. On the other hand you donít want to go to the other extreme and use overly forceful tactics to correct their behavior. You can correct inappropriate behavior (barking or nipping) by saying ďnoĒ and respond to acceptable behavior (sniffing) with praise. Your reaction to your dogís behavior will reinforce or correct your dogís behavior.

If you donít feel up to the task by all means contact a trustworthy professional trainer or find a good obedience training class. Either way whether you do this training yourself at home or with the help of a professional prepare to spend some time and patience to effectively socialize your pet. You and your Bichon Frise will both be glad you did.

 


 

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