A question often asked by potential or new Bichon owners is how often does a Bichon Frise bark? You don’t want a dog that barks the house down each and every night without fail. That won’t do you or the neighbors any good.
However, by knowing what to expect from this breed in terms of how often they bark, you’ll know just what you’re getting yourself into. As well as this, you can learn some simple tips to alleviate any barking that does occur.
In reality, the Bichon Frise can be prone to barking in certain circumstances in given their temperament.
In this article, I will tell you why a Bichon Frise barks, as well as easy to follow training tips to prevent your Bichon from barking.
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Does The Bichon Frise Temperament Affect Barking?
The Bichon Frise is a very loyal, affectionate and sociable breed.
They have a great desire to socialize with other people and animals pretty often.
Our Bichon likes nothing better than spending time with us, whether it’s sitting on our lap watching a movie or helping us tidy up the study (which involves her booping everything).
Unfortunately, due to their temperament, when they are left alone for periods of time they will likely bark and whine.
Why Do Bichons Bark?
Bichons, as with all dogs, tend to bark from time to time. In some cases more often than others. But just why does a Bichon Frise bark?
As we talked about above, a big cause of excessive barking is their sociable and affectionate temperament.
The desire to spend time with others is a constant drive for them and when they are left alone, barking is often the result.
As well as this most common cause, there are a number of other factors that determine why a Bichon Frise barks. We’ll take a look at these causes below.
1 Bichons Can Suffer From Separation Anxiety
Bichon Frises can be prone to suffering from separation anxiety. This occurs when they are left alone for extended periods of time.
The main symptom of separation anxiety is barking and whining.
As well as this, they will become destructive by chewing the furniture and scratching at doors.
If your Bichon has separation anxiety, you’ll easily see this any time you are about to leave the house. They will become extremely agitated, start pacing and likely bark or whine.
When you return home, you are greeted by a dog that is extremely hyperactive and anxious.
Separation anxiety symptoms can be mitigated with regular training and interaction with your Bichon.
With that in mind, it’s also extremely important to avoid scolding or shouting at your Bichon Frise for this behavior. This won’t do anything to help your dog if anything it could make them feel worse.
Instead, remain calm and patient and understand the symptoms and causes of this anxiety.
By knowing how to prevent or manage this will lead to a more positive and happy Bichon.
2 Loud Unfamiliar Noises Can Startle A Bichon
This is a big one in our house. Our Bichon will bark any time the doorbell rings without fail.
As well as this, any other sounds that are unfamiliar cause her to bark uncontrollably.
This watchdog type trait is common among Bichon Frises from my experience.
However, consistent training and patience can mitigate the excessive barking caused by loud unfamiliar noises.
3 Other Dogs Or Animals Can Make A Bichon Excited
The fact is that the Bichon is a sociable breed that loves to play. With that said, they can often bark quite often when playing or interacting with other animals.
This can just be because they are playing and having fun, and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that!
However, it can sometimes become overstimulating for them which can result in excessive barking.
This is sometimes the case when you are walking your Bichon and they see another dog coming towards them. They can become extremely hyperactive and bark.
This is the type of situation that benefits incredibly from the early socialization of your Bichon with other dogs.
By ensuring that they interact with other dogs and people, they are less likely to be triggered by seeing a strange dog in the park.
As well as this, general obedience training is a helpful tool for preventing this over excitement.
How To Stop A Bichon Frise Barking?
By now, we’ve established just why a Bichon Frise barks. So next, let’s take a look at some simple ways to prevent your Bichon barking excessively.
1 How To Stop A Bichon Frise Barking At Night?
Barking at night is extremely common for new puppies who aren’t used to sleeping through the night in a new environment.
Stopping your Bichon from barking at night is something that should be done from their first night at home as a puppy.
- Ensure you have a bedtime routine. Make sure your Bichon has been fed and has gone to the bathroom. Once you’ve made sure they are ready for bed, bring them to their crate or wherever they are sleeping and then simply head to bed yourself.
- Sounds easy right? But the next part is the hardest part but is the source of stopping your Bichon Frise from barking at night.
- Avoid showing your Bichon any attention when they bark. This will tell them that barking will get your attention and therefore they will continue to do it.
- Additionally, if your puppy is being crate trained, don’t let them out of the crate and reward them with attention.
- Providing you are consistent with this approach and refuse to give in, your Bichon will have no reason to bark. As a result, the barking will eventually stop.
2 How To Stop A Bichon Frise Barking At Other Dogs?
Barking at other dogs can be a normal behavior especially when playing. However, it’s when the barking becomes excessive that you want to be able to calm your Bichon down.
- Bring your Bichon to the local park or an area where there are likely to be other dogs.
- If your dog starts barking frantically as a dog approaches, calmly distract them by moving them to face away from the other dog.
- Reward your dog with a treat if they do not bark.
- Continue following this routine until your dog becomes more comfortable and stops barking.
- As they become more relaxed and used to other dogs, allow your dog to get closer to other dogs while continuing to follow this approach.
- With patience and persistence, your Bichon will eventually be much calmer and stop barking excessively in the presence of other dogs.
Trial and error is important here. It’s likely that this won’t resolve the barking overnight and there will be times where your Bichon will continue to bark excessively.
This is where it is extremely important to stay motivated to continue with the training until it has been successful.
3 How To Stop A Bichon Frise Barking When The Doorbell Rings?
Barking when the doorbell rings or when the postman is outside is also referred to as alert barking.
This is very common for Bichons and is something that can be alleviated with consistent training.
- The key here is to train your dog to get used to the doorbell or whatever it is making them bark.
- Start by getting them used to the door itself. Step over to the door and as your dog approaches, simply step away from the door and reward them with a treat if they have not barked.
- Once they have become familiar and comfortable with the door itself it’s time to get someone to ring the doorbell. Instruct your dog to stay quiet and sit or lie down. Reward them with a treat if they stayed quiet.
- Don’t show any attention when your Bichon barks. This will reward their behavior and they will continue to bark.
- Continue with this approach consistently until your Bichon no longer barks excessively any time the doorbell rings.
Don’t worry if this doesn’t all go to plan immediately. Remain calm and consistent with your training until your Bichon no longer barks when the doorbell rings.
I hope you were able to find a lot of value and useful advice in this article. Let’s summarize the main points:
- First, we answered the question, how often does a Bichon Frise bark?
- Next, we looked at does the Bichon Frise Temperament affect barking?
- Next, we examined the reasons a Bichon Frise barks
- After that, we looked at how to stop a Bichon Frise from barking at night, at other dogs and when the doorbell rings
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