Adopting a Bichon Frise

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Bichons are smart and curious. This combination makes for a wonderful companion, but also one that needs close supervision. If you aren't able to keep an eye on your Bichon, offer her the security and safety of a crate.

You'll also need to get down to dog level and look for tempting but potentially dangerous objects, such as electric cords, poisonous plants, garbage cans or small toys that could be swallowed. Remove these objects, offer acceptable alternatives and respond with a firm "no" if she chews on something that's off limits.  

Even after dog-proofing your home, you're not out of the woods. A Bichon is good-natured but adventurous. This means she'll be likely to make a dash for the door the moment it's opened. Teaching your Bichon to "sit" and "stay" will not only create a more harmonious home; it could just save her life. And on that note, make sure your yard is fenced just in case she's not in a listening mood.

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