Bichon are the perfect dog for allergy sufferers, as they have a non-allergenic coat. They do not malt and therefore it is important that you maintain their coat to reduce the potential harbouring of fleas and skin irritation.
Ensure that you brush well under the puppies elbows ( legs ), ears and tail.
BICHON'S NEED TO BE CLIPPED EVERY 10 - 12 WEEKS, AND SHOULD NEVER BE NEGLECTED
Bichon's need to be brushed daily. I suggest you to use one sided pin brush, a metal comb with two teeth sizes and a soft slicker brush.
Brush to the skin daily or at least on alternate days, especially when the puppie's second coat is coming though which is during the age of 15-18 months.
KEEP HAIR AROUND THE EYES CLIPPED AND CLEAN ALWAYS
Shampoo - Purina totalcare - flea shampoo from Woolworth, or similar good quality brand.You can use human however you need to water it down at least 75%, as otherwise the dogs skin can get a rash.
Bath and rinse thoroughly, Wrap puppy up in a towel and towel dry to soak up excess water.
Blow dry and brush at the same time, always brushing upwards to ' fluff ' up the coat
PLEASE AVOID GETTING WATER INTO THEIR EYES N EARS
Wipe eyes with a moist kleenex every day.
Pluck hairs from inside ears with finger and thumb. The reason for this is, it reduces the puppies vulnerabillity to ear infections. Periodically clean out wax and dirt, however do not probe into the ear beyond what you can see.
If ear drop are nedded, always go to the vet.
Cut nails on a regular basis. Guillotine clippers from the pet shop are perfect to just slightly trim nail.
Worming on a fortnightly basis until puppy is 3 months old. Then you need to worm the puppy every 3 months. Your vet will advise to which product is best.
It is important that you ensure that you continue their vaccinations as advised by your vet. Regular vaccinations should occur on a yearly basis.
When your puppy is due for their yearly vaccinations, I would encourage you also to treat for heart worm also
Breakfast : Purina super coat puppy & water
Dinner : Purina super coat puppy & water
PUT YOUR PUPPY TO BED WITH A DRINK OF WARM PUPPY MILK
EVERY NOW AND AGAIN YOU CAN ALSO GIVE YOUR DOG A CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT WITH FOOD
Puppy will eventually cut out breakfast, as you cut back on meals, ensure that you increase the quantity in remaining meals.
YOU MUST NEVER GIVE YOUR DOG RABBIT OR CHICKEN BONES, AS THEY WILL SPLINTER AND CAN CAUSE YOUR DOG DAMAGE
NOTE: A teaspoon of olive oil, on food daily is good for a healthy and shiny coat. You can also make up scrambled eggs for your puppy, ensure it is cool before serving.
As a treat you can also give pieces of cheese , or visit your pet shop for extra special treats.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ALWAYS MAKE WATER AVAILABLE TO YOUR DOG
It is advisable that you feed your puppy where they sleep. You should take your puppy outside after each meal, and after waking up from a sleep to go to the toliet.
Training your puppy is hard work, but persevere. The more work you put in to it, the more reward you receive.
I strongly recommend enrolling your puppy in obedience school, as it is good for both you and your puppy.
Bichons love attentions and affection, please be conscious of this. Provide them with a little pet toy and or beefhide chews , you can purchase that from a petshop or supermarket. This will allow them to amuse themselves when they find they are alone.
Your puppy should be put on a leash and walked, the sooner you get them used to the leash, the easier and more enjoyable your walks together will be.
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