Bichon Frise Grooming – How To Keep Your Pup Looking Their Best
The Bichon Frise is one of the most popular breeds of dog. They are very friendly and affectionate dogs which have been known to make great family pets. However, they do require some attention when it comes to their appearance. Here’s why:
They need regular brushing and grooming because they shed hair all over their bodies (even under their belly).
If not groomed properly, they will look dirty and unkempt.
Their coats get matted with dirt and grime from time to time.
Regular brushing helps keep their coat clean and healthy. Regular grooming keeps them looking good!
You might be wondering what kind of brushes work well for your bichon frise?
There are several types of brushes available but here are two that I use regularly:
1) A soft bristle brush works best for bichon frise.
These are made out of synthetic materials so they don’t scratch or irritate the skin. They’re also softer than natural bristles so they won’t cause irritation.
2) A slicker brush is another good option for grooming your bichon frise.
These have fine wires that are designed to straighten out the hair and remove any knots or tangles. This keeps the coat looking smooth and professional.
These are just two of many options but they work great! Now that you know about brushes, let’s talk more about how to perform a proper grooming.
Brushing Your Bichon’s Coat
Grooming should be done on a regular basis. I would suggest brushing your dog at least once a week. This keeps the hair manageable and reduces shedding. It also keeps their skin and fur healthier because it helps remove dead skin cells and dirt that gets trapped in the fur.
Start by finding a comfortable area in your home to do this. You will be sitting on the floor so pick a spot that you don’t mind getting hair on. Then gather your supplies:
The brush(es) we discussed above.
A small spray bottle of water.
Treats (if you want to reward your dog).
Once you have everything within reach, begin brushing starting at the head and working your way towards the tail. Start by spraying the fur with water to help prevent knots and tangles from forming. Then start by brushing in small circles. This will help remove dead skin cells and dirt that gets trapped in the fur. Work your way from head to tail continuously spraying the fur as you go.
Brushing their face is also important since bichons tend to get blackheads and clogged pores just like we do. To do this, lift their ear up and gently brush in a circular motion toward the front of the face. This is a very sensitive area so be gentle!
Here are some other tips to keep in mind:
Start brushing your dog regularly when they are a young pup. This will get them used to the process and they won’t fight you as much when it is time to do it as a adult.
Go slowly and be gentle when brushing. Work on one small area at a time rather than trying to do too much. This will prevent you from pulling the fur out or irritating your dog.
Don’t forget to brush their tail! Their tail can get easily matted and tangled so be sure to pay extra attention to this area.
Don’t forget to give your dog some love and praise while you are doing this! They love the attention and they will look forward to it.
This process, over time, will help your bichon’s fur become more manageable and keep them looking good!
Now that you know how to properly brush your bichon, let’s talk a little bit about their shedding. This can be concerning for some people but it is a normal process for dogs.
How To Reduce Shedding
As I said before, regular brushing will go a long way in making the shedding process easier on you. The more you brush, the less they will shed. However, there are other things you can do such as getting them special food. There are foods made specifically for dogs that have coats like bichons. These foods incorporate corn and wheat that help reduce shedding and keep the hair healthy.
Always check with your vet before giving your dog any new food just to be sure there will be no issues.
In addition to food, there are also grooming sprays on the market that help reduce shedding. These sprays are easy to apply and safe for your dog. Just make sure you follow all instructions since they can be different from brand to brand. You don’t want to make things worse by applying too much!
Clipping Their Fur
If you do not wish to brush your dog as often or they still seem to shed a lot, you can always have their fur clipped. This will keep them looking like they just walked out of the show ring every day. However, it does require a little more maintenance on your part because you will have to brush them at least once a week to keep the fur from getting matted and tangled.
If you decide to have this done, just be sure to find someone who knows what they are doing. You don’t want your fur clipped too short since that can cause other issues with their skin.
As you can see, bichons are a low maintenance breed when it comes to their hair. It is just important that you keep up with it since if you let it go it can get very overwhelming to deal with. Just remember to be firm and take things slow and you will be able to handle all the fur this breed has to offer!
P.S. If you need help with any aspect of grooming your bichon I have included some recommended products below.
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Mental health of dogs formerly used as ‘breeding stock’in commercial breeding establishments by ACB ANDERSON – 2006 – pearlwhitebichonfrise.co.uk
Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide: Good Health, Loving Care, Maximum Longevity by RG Beauchamp – 2009 – Barron’s Educational Series
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Aggressive behavior of dogs kept as companion animals: classification and influence of sex, reproductive status and breed by SL Gerstenfeld, S Gerstenfeld, JL Schultz – 1999 – Chronicle Books
Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat-E-Book by M Hoffman – 2000 – books.google.com