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Caring For Your Bichon Frise

Jul 29, 2008
A dog's health is important to every owner. Caring for your Bichon Frise health can ensure your dog remains a healthy family member for years to come. There are several activities that can help you to increase your Bichon Frise's mental and physical health.

The best way to improve Bichon Frise health is through proper training. You can give your dog a mental workout with just two or three five minute training sessions a day that help them to be calmer and more contented. With the Bichon Frise it is best for you to use a positive reinforcement training method. You can sign up for dog training classes in order to learn the basics before moving on to more challenging training options. Even after your dog has mastered everything else you can still come up with new tricks to teach them. One option is to use items around your house to create new obstacle courses. By doing this you will help to keep your Bichon Frise entertained and mentally healthy.

It is important to give proper exercise to maintain proper Bichon Frise health. The Bichon Frise is not an athletic dog and as a small breed they need just a moderate amount of exercise. As often as possible you should take them on leash walks that are steady with a moderate pace in order to help they heart, muscles and joints. The minimum amount of activity that you should aim for is two walks a day for at least a half a mile each.

If your dog is restless or misbehaving for no specific reason then it can be a good idea to take them for extra walks or walk for a longer distance. You should also have a safe location where you can take them off the leash and let them run free once in a while. For those who live in apartments without a yard you can use a friend's property, an empty schoolyard or a dog park that isn't too crowded.

The final aspect of maintaining Bichon Frise health that you should consider is what you feed them. While everyone tries to give their dog a quality dog food at mealtime you should also pay attention to the treats you are giving them.

However, giving too many treats to your dog can result in a weight gain that causes health problems related to the strain it places on the muscles, joints and circulatory system.

A good option is to consider healthy treats such as small pieces of vegetables and fruit instead of cookies. Just be sure you avoid grapes since they are toxic to some dogs.

You can continue to treat you dog with cooked, fresh or frozen vegetables and enjoy the fact that you are giving them the benefit of nutrition and fiber.
About the Author
About the author: Mary Stevenson is a passionate lover of the Bichon Frise and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bichon Frise. Among other topics there, you will find out more about Bichon Frise Health Care plus a whole lot more.
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