Hi I got the dog about a week ago. The last owners got rid of him because they could not house train him. We try to take him out and keep him on a schedule. But when he goes to the bathroom he doesn't just go. He will piddle here and then over there and he goes about 6 times. Is he marking his territory. He also has a funny cough like something is in his throat. He coughs a couple of times like he is going to be sick then he is fine. We take him out at 5a.m, 7a.m. then not until 2:30pm when I get home. I heard the won't go in there kennel so we got a kennel and put him in there and he went. ANYONE WITH A BICHON FRISE PLEASE HELP ME TRAIN HIM, DOES HE NEED A CURTAIN KIND OF FOOD, CAN THEY BE LEFT IN A KENNEL TILL I GET HOME. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE APPRICATED.
I have a Bichon Frise/Westie mix named Cody. Cody is 2 yrs. old. We got Cody as a pup and I did do a lot of research before getting him. Bichons can be very hard to potty train, you said the other owners got rid of him because they could not potty train him and that he is 1-1/2 yrs.old, did they spend a lot of time with him? Cody was potty trained at about the age of 1 yr., it took a lot of patience and consistency. We had him on a sched. of about every 2 hours for a long time then 3, then 4. We found that if we took him for a walk, not just out in the yard that he caught on much faster, took us a long time to figure that out. He is two now and is basically accident free. In the past year he may have had 2 accidents and they were because we weren't paying attention to what he was trying to tell us. The cough could be Kennel Cough, don't know where he came from or the conditions of that home but I would get him to a Vet asap and get him checked out. Cody is a very affectionate little dog and he loves being involved with the family at home and at outings, he loves to be included in everything! We did crate train Cody and he still loves his crate though we only put him in it when no one is going to be home which is very seldom. We do not put him in it at night, he has full roam of the house and he sleeps a different spots thoughtout the night-accident free too. We take him out around 10:00PM for his last trip for the night and when he gets up in the morning sometimes he will eat his breakfast firt then go out and other times he will want to go out right a way. Just be patient with your little one and he will catch on I am sure. Do you use treats? When you do take him out and he goes make a big fuss about what a good boy he is for going and going outside! You can also googe Bichon Frise at the top of the forum and get all kinds of info on the breed. Also go to the library or the pet store and read up on them too. They are so much fun. Also has he had any obedience training? If not I would suggest getting him in a class. Sorry for the long post.
Good luck. We've got two bichons....Sophia we adopted in the spring, she's 6 years old and guess why they placed her? Because according to them she was peeing all over the house. --She has never peed in my house. That said we also have out 1 1/2 year old Bichon Baxter. For the last month he's been getting steadily worse marking in the house. He was reliably trained, abotu a week before we got Piper, he started this and it's just awful. Hubby keeps bringing up rehoming him, he's angry that he's doing this....I'm at a loss as to the answer. It doesnt matter if he's brought out all day every day he STILL comes in and marks...the chair legs, the bedroom doors, the bathroom door, the bed leg, etc etc. It's just ridiculous. I started out thinking no belly bands I want to solve this, now I'm thinking maybe if it's temporary.....
Good luck, if you find an answer please post, I'd love to get Baxter back on track and simply retraining him doesnt seem to be getting me anywhere. --BTW, Baxter marks in the house more than 3 month old lhasa apso puppy Piper!
Re. Baxter, maybe he is telling Piper this is mine, I was here first, maybe he is a little jealous. Do you crate the dogs? If you do, maybe when you are not at home to watch and take him out often (and I mean often, with Cody at times we were taking him out every 1/2 hour to 45 mins. just at the very beginning till we knew he could hold it a little longer than that, it had been 13-1/2 yrs. since we had a pup and you kinda forget) you could put him in it. Do you take all the dogs out at the same time? Maybe if he sees the other ones going outside and not inside he will remember that that is what he is suppose to do. Do you have a room where there is tile that you could contain him in either by closing the door or putting a baby gate in so he isn't so isolated? Sorry I don't have the answer but maybe some of these suggestions might help! I know how frustrating it can be to be cleaning up the messes, I always said if they had to go in house I would rather they go big job then wet, mush easier to clean up! Good luck!
My bichon seems to kind of understand about going to the bathroom. I take him out is there a way to teach him to go to the door and bark. My dog acts like he has a problem with his sinuses,,,and he does this coughing like something is in his throat. After he coughs he is ok. Someone told me when he was a pup the kids dropped him and he has done it ever since.
Do you take him out when you want to take him out or is he like sitting by the door and you decide to take him out? Cody's way of telling us if he needs to go out is to sit by the back door and look at us and if we don't respond he will give a little soft bark, nothing big just a soft little bark, he actually trained us to reconize this behavior as his sign.
Thanks, a trip to the vet yesterday...he's perfectly healthy. Why does the vet think he's doing this? LOTS of changes. The kids were home on summer break, My husband's job changed so he's now home a lot more, then we added Sophia, then we added Piper and then the kids went back to school, and through all this we've been remodeling the bathroom and added an entryway. So that's a lot for a dog to adjust to in a short time span. Baxter does get crated still and Piper always when we can't be here.--not together, seperate crates. There are times when he'll have been outside and mark all over outside then come in and mark the wall. It's not an issue of him needing to "go" nor not knowing better because he will moan, and do the wave in order to make it clear he wants to go out. (For those not knowing what the wave is, he'll stand on his hind legs and pump his front legs "waving" them while moaning) That said....as far as teaching a dog to let you know I've heard many people have had success with hanging a bell on the door, each time you take the dog out you jingle the bell...the dog learns when the bell jingles they go out, so they jingle it themselves when they want out. I would think as soon as you hear that bell you're going to need to run and get him out so he learns the cause and effect. --I have ordered belly bands for Baxter and will be trying those so hopefully he gets the point. My vet told me to SCREAM at him when I catch him marking in the house so he has no question in his mind that his actions caused my displeasure. --Never thought a vet would tell me that!