Can someone please help me! I have a love/hate relationship with my Bichon. My Bichon is almost five months old and I can not get her housebroken! I have her crate trained, and she has never had an accident in there, she doesn't whine and has a lovely temperment. But I wanted a pet not a caged animal. We feel as though we have tried everything, kept her on a leash in the house but the crate is the only thing that works. After a few weeks where she is mostly in the crate and has had no accidents I let her out more...but she just starts peeing and pooping in the house again. So we put her back in the crate unless we are playing, grooming, or taking her for a walk, but that defeats the purpose of having an indoor dog. Can anyone help me? I am so frusterated with her that it is putting a wall between us.
My pomeranian, Kenai, is 8 months old and he is still crated most of the time. Yours is only 5 months old! lol give her a break, you still have a few months to work with her. I am not sure I will ever feel completely comfortable with Kenai running free in the house(he isn't fixed and likes to mark) but he is good most of the time, so he gets out on the leash and off the leash and supervised. It is not a bad thing in the crate as long as you have them out frequently, just supervise her. Good Luck!
One of the reasons we (my family) decided not to get a Bichon Frise was because in our AKC and ASPCA dog book, they both said that this breed could be difficult to housebreak. I'm sorry for you troubles and hope you find a solution.
They say that about poms too, in fact most small breeds but it is not true. It is just that you have to be more consistant and use different tactics. (Sometimes) Most of the time, you train them the same as other dogs.
My very first dog was a bichon, I loved her with all my heart. We got her from a petstore when she was only 6 weeks old. I had her potty trained when she was 9 weeks. She was the only dog I had and I had 100% of my time focused on her so that made a big diffrence.Take her outside every 30 min if you have to, it is difficut (trust me I know) but it will make a diffrence. Whenever she is out of her kennel, always be watching her, if you catch her going on the florr Yell really high pitch and say "NO POTTY IN THE HOUSE", don't yell or say anything unless you catch her doing it. When you catch her take her directly outside and say "go potty". Then put in her kennel for about min. When she doed go outside say "good potty" then give her a treat sraight away. Always have them in your pocket. Bichons are very smart, I am sure she will catch on.
I have a Bichon that is almost 11 months old. I didn't have any problems training her. Being that I'm with her almost 24/7 makes a big difference. What I did was, took her out every hour and kept track of the times she peed of pooped. Then after a week would try and take her out close to those times. I would make a major big deal of her going out side...I used the term "hurry up, go potty". I did not let her in the house unless I saw her "go". She would get a treat every time she did go. I would use a higher pitched voice and say good girl...go potty...good girl...(the neighbors think I'm a crazy women). I didn't crate her during the day when I was home, unless I couldn't keep both eyes on her at all times. She did start going to certain parts of the house when she needed to go out. I watched for her signs and then asked if she needed to go out side, and took her to the door saying lets go outside. I also hug a bell by the door and when we were just going out..cuz it was the right time, I would ring the bell and say lets go outside. Pretty soon after, she started going to the door and ringing the bell. I'd make a really big deal of that too, and she got a treat. Bichons love to please and do great with lots of praise. That is the most important thing. At 5 months old, your pup is still little...You have to be consistant and follow a schedule. It seems to work better. Here are a few sites that I visit that might help. One is a forum for Bichons, the other is a site with lots of information. http://bichon.ca/cgi-bin/bichon/YaBB.pl http://www.bichonfriseusa.com/ Good luck....check out the Behavior and Training in the Bichon Forum and you'll get tons of help there. Chloe': http://www.dogster.com/?34874