The Bichon Frise is a sweet, lively little dog that originated somewhere in the Mediterranean around the 13th century. The Bichon Frise breed is good for people who are allergic to dogs, because this breed of dog doesn’t shed or cause allergies. However, Bichon Frise grooming should be done frequently. This is because they not only have a beautiful, fluffy top coat, but a soft and dense undercoat as well.
How to Start Grooming a Bichon Frise
Like every dog, a Bichon Frise should become used to grooming when it’s a puppy. Regular grooming and handling will help it bond with its owner, and will help it be more relaxed around a professional dog groomer. Another benefit of regular Bichon Frise grooming is that the owner can check the little dog’s health.
Bichons will start off being groomed on their owner’s lap, but eventually they’ll have to be put on a grooming table. At first these sessions shouldn’t be more than ten or fifteen minutes long, and if the Bichon is as energetic as they often are, it should be scheduled after a walk or some strenuous playtime. The owner should lavishly praise the dog for standing still and at the end give it an especially delicious treat. You can learn what is required for Bichon grooming quite quickly with the help of these pointers.
Equipment Needed for Grooming a Bichon Frise
Groomers generally require a wide range of dog grooming equipment. But the tools needed for Bichon Frise grooming specifically include:
- A slicker brush, which is a brush with hundreds of short wires embedded in a rubber backing. Since the Bichon is a small dog, the owner might want to get a gentle sort of slicker with softer bristles.
- A double sided stainless steel comb.
If you have the right equipment to start off with, you will find grooming a Bichon much more manageable.
The Procedure for Bichon Frise Grooming
Brushing a Bichon Frise
The owner or groomer should brush all along and around the dog’s body and start at the same place every time so no spots are missed. Brushing dogs usually involves going with the grain of the coat, but the Bichon can be brushed against the grain, so that its fur is fluffed. Brush all the way to the skin and don’t neglect places behind the ears, tail and armpits, where matting can occur.
Combing the Bichon Coat
After brushing, use the comb to see if any tangles or mats remain. If you find any, gently work them out, using either the fingers, or the end of the comb. Professional groomers use mat combs, which are quite sharp and should be used with care. The groomer should teach the owner how to use this tool the right way.
Taking Care of Bichon Frise Tear Staining
Bichon Frises, like other Bichon dogs, are susceptible to tear staining. Use a damp cotton swab to remove the stain.
Trimming Bichon Nails
The Bichon’s nails should also be kept trimmed. The owner can start with human nail clippers and just snip off the very end of the nail. Later, the Bichon should get a monthly pedicure at the groomer’s.
Cleaning Bichon Ears
The Bichon’s ears should also be cleaned as part of your grooming routine. The owner should use a cotton ball or soft tissue moistened with ear cleanser made for dogs and very gently clean wax and dirt out of the ear. Don’t use cotton tipped swabs because it’s too easy to poke them into the dog’s ear and cause injury. Hair inside the Bichon’s ears can be clipped with scissors, or plucked out.
Brushing Bichon Teeth
The Bichon’s teeth should be brushed every day. There are actually doggy toothbrushes or little finger booties the owner can use to do this, along with doggy toothpaste, which tastes like beef or chicken.
When to Attend a Salon for Bichon Frise Grooming
A Bichon Frise should have its first visit with a professional groomer when it’s between two and three months old, before it has its second series of shots.
A Comprehensive Guide on Bichon Frises
For more help with learning how to groom a Bichon Frise and how to look after your Bichon in general, check out our review of Sharda Baker’s Bichon Frise guide. Her ebook is titled Bichon Frise Owner’s Manual – Insider’s Guide To A Happy, Healthy & Well Behaved Bichon Frise and is packaged with bonuses.
~ Guest & DGCO ~