Of all the tasks involved in caring for a dog, what is arguably a favorite, relaxing activity for the owner is dog grooming. In the case of a cute, adorable little dog like a Bichon Frise, how could you not resist brushing its silky fur or adorning it with tiny ribbons? Grooming a Bichon Frise is a very enjoyable task, because you will practically see your pet blossom into a beauty right before your eyes.
The Joys of Grooming a Bichon Frise
Perhaps the most important aspect of grooming a Bichon Frise is fur care. Because each hair strand is long and curly, Bichon fur tends to mat, especially if the dog is allowed to play in the yard. Make sure that you brush your dog’s fur occasionally with a soft brush during the day to remove tangles. Matted fur would need to be trimmed off. Speaking of trimming, some Bichons grow long bangs that may irritate its large, round eyes. Regularly trim the fur at the top of the eyes, and along the ears, snout and paws. You may also gather these bangs and tie it up with a cute barrette. Some Bichon owners recommend that the dog be given a capsule daily of cod liver oil not only to promote fur health, but also to improve the luster of its coat.
Since Bichons have prominent round eyes, there is a tendency for them to tear up, so that tear stains appear around and especially below its eyes. Wipe the dog’s eyes with a moist, soft cloth to remove tear stains.
Don’t forget to clip the Bichon’s nails. Use special dog clippers. Never clip the nails too close to the quick as it may cause not only pain, but will also expose the nail bed to dirt and bacteria, which may result in infection.
A question that Bichon owners have is how often should their dogs be bathed? Bichon Frises need to be bathed once a month. Use special mild dog shampoos that will not only clean and condition your pet’s fur, but will also kill any existing fleas or ticks. However, if the Bichon gets dirty or muddy or its fur matted from playing outdoors, give it a quick warm bath. While towel drying usually suffices, for the best grooming results, use a hair dryer while brushing its fur. There is no truth to that Old Wives’ Tale that Bichons – or other dogs for that matter – will get sick if you give them a bath during winter or other cold seasons. If you need to give your dog a bath during cold weather, again, use warm bath water, but dry it up immediately with a towel and hair dryer.
If you have a very hectic schedule and you can’t find the time to take care of your dog’s grooming needs, you can opt for professional dog grooming services, which needs to be done every four weeks. Check out professional pet grooming services in your area. It may be necessary to ask around. Some of your neighbors and friends may know of Bichon Frise groomers whose services they are happy with.
Don’t let grooming a Bichon Frise be a bothersome chore for you. Think of it instead as a fun hobby, wherein the ultimate reward is a beautiful, loving and happy little dog.
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