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Proper Bichon Frise Grooming: A Closer Look
Bichon Frises have a great amount of fur, which is fluffy and thick. Appropriate Bichon Frise grooming therefore means clipping on a regular basis for your curly haired pet to look its finest.
Below are other tips on how to groom your Bichon Frise the right way:
A. The right groomer is a must.
Some Bichon Frise owners do the grooming themselves and that can be fine. It is recommended, for most owners however, that you bring your dog to a trained dog groomer for clipping or coat styling purposes.
When bringing your pet to a grooming salon, expect to be shown a number of photographs that show the types of cut or clip that may be applied to your Bichon Frise (or take a photo in yourself). A good groomer should also be more than happy to explain to you the different types of coat styles and the requirements that go along with whatever style you select.
B. Know when to groom your Bichon Frise by yourself and when to ask the help of a trained dog groomer.
As a dog owner, you need to groom your Bichon Frise everyday to keep your dog’s coat from matting. Having your Bichon Frise groomed by a professional groomer however, is recommended on a 3 -4 monthly basis if possible.
C. Consider the type of coat and the amount of time you can devote to grooming your pet.
Choosing the coat style or the type of cut of your Bichon Frise has to be partlyt based on how long you can groom your dog per week.
For example, if you only have a little time to do some Bichon Frise grooming daily because of a busy schedule, a shorter cut like the so called Lamb Cut may be a better choice. Selecting a longer type of cut, or something fancier such as the Teddy Bear Cut or the Panda Cut, more often than not, requires you to spend more regular and longer daily grooming. This means that longer coat styles are best for owners who see dog grooming as a hobby as well as owners who have a lot of time on their hands.
D. Find out the common grooming actions for your Bichon Frise.
Your Bichon Frise needs to be bathed every month or two and brushed with a slicker brush before and after its bath, during the drying process, to keep its coat shiny as well as to better prevent allergies and skin conditions that the said breed is prone to.
A common Bichon Frise allergy is skin atopy that often results from inhalants in the home. Remember to never use human shampoo on your Bichon, and ensure that only a mild dog shampoo is utilized as Bichons have ultra sensitive skin that requires the use of mild shampoos. Part of Bichon Frise grooming is also the need to regularly care for your pet’s eyes to remove the usual tear stains and of course, regular dental care for the prevention of tooth disease.
For easier Bichon Frise grooming, you should make certain that your pet gets used to daily grooming as early as its puppy years.
It is also advisable for you to get a good book that focuses on how you can groom your Bichon Frise well to serve as a guide, especially for first time Bichon Frise owners. Keep in mind that for a dog like the Bichon Frise, regular grooming is a necessity that will help it live a healthier and happier life.
For further information and help we suggest the the Bichon Frise Insider's Guide ebook and audio.