Bichon Frise Agility Training
- The Bichon Frise is a playful and cheerful lap dog. The dog enjoys mastering tricks, especially when rewarded with an edible treat. However, the Bichon can be independent and difficult to train. Training them takes patience and consistency.
Benefits of Agility Training
- A few short walks each day are ideal for the Bichon Frise. In addition, incorporating agility training into their daily exercise routine can prove beneficial. The movements necessary to accomplish each obstacle, from jumping over to crawling under, can keep your dog trim and fit.
Agility training is also a good way to satisfy a Bichon's desire to learn new tricks, which they prefer to mastering behavioral commands, as well as stimulate the dog's mind. In order to accomplish the various obstacles that it comes to in the agility course, a dog must listen carefully to the commands of its handler. The commands given by the handler let the dog know what movement it needs to perform in order to complete the obstacle. For the dog, the obstacle becomes a challenge not only physically but mentally, as it needs to decide on the movement according to the command.
One Obstacle at a Time
- Any type of training performed with the Bichon Frise will require consistency and patience. Edible treats and lively praise should be used to show your dog that it has successfully completed an obstacle.
It is best to focus on mastering one obstacle at a time. Moving on too quickly might confuse your Bichon and make training more difficult. Be consistent and repetitious with your commands, praising and encouraging your Bichon. This breed does not respond well to a harsh tone.
The Right Handler
- If you intend to train your Bichon for agility course competition, it is important to choose the right handler. In many cases, the handler is not the owner of the dog.
A handler must have a trusting relationship with your Bichon and must be someone that your dog works hard to please.
The Right Dog for Competition
- While agility training can be beneficial for a dog of any breed, a dog must possess the right temperament to be suitable for competition. A nervous or fearful dog that might be intimidated by obstacles might not perform well under the pressure of a competition.