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Bichon Frise Biting Problem: A Sign of Temperament Problems

Bichon Frise Biting Problem: A Sign of Temperament Problems

Some new pet owners might find themselves getting the shock of their lives when their cute and cuddly Bichon Frise suddenly bites them on the hand or some other body part. While it may be alarming at first, you might want to consider a Bichon Frise biting behavior as a sign of possible temperament problems in your pet.

Why would a friendly, lovable dog like a Bichon Frise bite? One good reason is that your Bichon may be teething. Some puppies get so irritated by the teeth erupting from their gums, so that they have a tendency to bite AND gnaw at anything and everything, including your hand. Take note though that the main difference between Bichon Frise biting and teething is that your dog will not just bite; they will also gnaw. When this happens, simply tell them “No!” firmly and give them a strong teething bone or toy.

Now if the bite is accompanied by signs of aggression – including growling or barking, and the Bichon’s assuming a defensive stance with ears flat to the sides of the head, teeth bared, and legs spread in preparedness to flee or attack – your dog may have temperament problems.

Bichons suffering from separation anxiety may bite their owners just to get their attention. In cases of dogs that have joined their owners to a new home, they may get so anxious and agitated by the sudden change in surroundings that they would bite at any sign of aggression.

Biting is a behavior that you will need to anticipate in rescued Bichons. Some of these pets come from deplorable conditions such as puppy mills, where they had to compete with other dogs for food and other staples. Others have had cruel owners, who would yell or even beat them. Depending upon the case, Bichons consider the act of biting as a means of self-defense as well as protecting their territories.

Aggressive Bichons will require more patience and understanding from you. If your Bichon growls at you, soothe it with soft, gentle words. Never pat it on the head as this will make it easier for them to bite you. Instead, rub their back gently. If your dog snaps at you or even actually bites you, again, give them a firm “No!” Never lash out at them in anger. If the dog is clamped to your hand, rub its back reassuringly and carefully pry its jaws open to release your hand. Once your hand is free, you must repeat the word “No!” and shake your head at them so that they would know that this is not a behavior that you tolerate.

If all attempts to soothe biting Bichons fail, it may be necessary to have your dog brought to a kennel trainer. He or she has the expertise to apply behavioral modification techniques to curb Bichon Frise biting behaviors. You can find trainers by doing a search on the web or by making inquiries with animal welfare groups in your local area.