Activities For Bichon Frises

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Introduction

Known for their cute and fluffy appearance and playful personality, the Bichon Frise is a lap-sized dog that originated in France. The name Bichon Frise means “curly lap dog” in French, which is an exact depiction of what the breed is. Bichon Frises first appeared in French royal courts during the 16th century and eventually became circus performers in the United States. At present, this adorable breed enjoys a reputation of being an all-around family dog with an irresistible charm. In fact, the Bichon Frise is known as one of the top “personality dogs” in the world, making the breed a great choice for a pet. 

Canine Freestyle Dance

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Treats
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There was a time when dancing with your dog seemed like a ridiculous idea. Nowadays, however, canine freestyle has evolved from a pastime into an actual sport for dogs and their owners. In fact, there has been a steady increase in the number of canine freestyle clubs across the United States. Canine freestyle dance involves a dog and handler performing a routine consisting of different movements such as twists, leaps, spins and footwork. What is fun about this sport is that you do not need to be a good dancer; all eyes are on your dog and they are the star of the show.

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Practice the commands
For you to succeed in canine freestyle dancing, your dog should have a good grasp of the basic commands. Luckily, the Bichon Frise is smart and can easily learn and pick up commands. Familiarize your pooch with the different commands and execute each of these commands in every dancing position possible (such as while standing in front of you, behind you).
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Pick the right music
Music is a key element in canine freestyle dancing. You want to choose a music that goes well with your dog’s rhythm and movement. Listen to the song over and over again while envisioning the moves and tricks that you would incorporate into your dance routine. This will help you get a general idea of how you would move with your dog. Remember that this is freestyle and choreography is not required. Instead, it is all about showcasing your dog’s ability to move to the beat.
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Go over the routine with your dog
When you have understood your dog’s movements and visualized how your routine is, it is time to practice. You may choose to do the routine on your own before you include your dog. This is to ensure that you got your part right. Once you do, you can incorporate your dog into your practice run. You can cut off the song per segment and teach your dog how to move in each segment of the song. Reward your dog often so to keep them motivated to learn. Remember that canine freestyle requires a lot of practice and patience - don’t rush the process.
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Simon Says

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Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
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Simon Says is one of the most popular children’s games of all time. In this game, a person takes on the role of “Simon”, who has the right to issue certain instructions to the other players, which should only be obeyed if the command is preceded by the phrase “Simon says”. Although this is largely a game for humans, did you know that you can also play Simon Says with your dog? Bichon Frises, in particular, are a great candidate for this game because of their high level of intelligence. This game serves not only as a fun activity for your pooch but also a form of obedience training.

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Practice the basic commands one by one
The doggy version of Simon Says simply involves getting your dog to follow your command. Before getting started, warm up and test your dog’s knowledge by focusing on one command at a time. For instance, work on getting your dog to sit every time you shout out the “Sit” command. Once your dog masters this trick, move on to another command.
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Change up the order of commands
To keep your dog on their toes, go and change up the order of the commands every now and then. A clever dog like the Bichon Frise can easily memorize the sequence of commands that you give, especially if you do it repetitively. To ensure that your dog has a complete understanding of the commands and not just relying on their memory, it is important to mix up the order. Don’t forget to reward your Bichon with a treat for executing the commands correctly.
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Therapy dog

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1 hr
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Leash
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The Bichon Frise has a lot of positive attributes, the breed is very smart, exceedingly trainable, gentle and friendly, even towards strangers. Add these to the fact that Bichons are quite cute and adorable to look at. Because of their many redeeming qualities, Bichons are a great fit for therapy dog training. A successful therapy dog should be affectionate, outgoing, clever and confident – all of which are key qualities that a Bichon Frise possesses. Having your beloved Bichon undergo therapy dog training is a great way to do something meaningful for others who are less fortunate. Also, you get to share the joy that your pooch brings with other people. 

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Have your dog evaluated
Typically, the first thing that an organization does to aspiring therapy dogs is to evaluate them. A professional evaluator is assigned to observe you and your dog and how you act together. Oftentimes, evaluators look for a solid relationship between dog and owner, obedience and the personality of your pooch.
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Get your dog certified
Once the evaluation is done with and your dog is cleared, the therapy dog training can then take place. Several organizations offer training and testing for dogs. If your dog gets through the required training and passes the exam, then your dog can be registered as a certified therapy dog.
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Volunteer for a cause
As a certified therapy dog, your Bichon Frise can now get involved in worthy causes where therapy dogs are needed. Normally, the organization you chose will assign your pooch to a list of therapy dogs in your area. You may also personally choose a certain cause where you would like your dog to volunteer.
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Play Catch

One of the simplest games that a Bichon Frise enjoys playing is catch. What makes it such a great activity is that it is easy to learn and requires minimal training for your dog. All you have to do is throw a toy and have your pooch go after it. Start with short tosses until your dog understands the game. Once they get a good grasp of how the game is played, start making the tosses more challenging. 

Doggy Spa

Because of its thick and curly coat, the Bichon Frise needs regular grooming and maintenance. Luckily, there are lots of doggy spas who would happily take on this job for you. Doggy spas are abundant in every city and offer a variety of services such as grooming, “paw-dicures” and massages, among others. 

Conclusion

The Bichon Frise is one of the most beloved dogs and among the most popular breeds in the entire world, and for good reason. This charming dog is adaptable to all kinds of companions, has a high level of intelligence and is simply fun to have around. With the right activities and lots of affection, keeping your Bichon Frise satisfied should be an easy task.