A Dog Owner's Toolkit

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1. Puppy Toolkit

If your new puppy has just been brought home or if you are just about to get one, having the right tools and accessories you need can make life a lot easier.

Potty training is one of the first things to consider as this training starts as soon as you bring your puppy home.

Puppy pads or newspaper is often enough to accommodate most dogs.

In the event that your puppy becomes destructive and starts ripping apart the newspaper or pads then it’s often a good idea to invest in a potty trainer kit.

Here is the potty trainer kit that I recommend: Puppy Potty Trainer Starter Kit

If you’re still considering actually buying a Bichon Frise, an important question to ask is how easy are they to train.

This will help you to determine if you’d be able to properly own and look after a Bichon.

With that in mind, I’d recommend you read this article I wrote: Are Bichon Frises Easy To Train? A New Dog Owner’s Guide


2. Grooming Toolkit

All dog owners should develop a grooming toolkit over time to ensure their dogs are clean and healthy.

There are a number of different activities involved in grooming your Bichon, all of which are covered in this article: Bichon Frise Grooming – A Helpful Beginners Guide.

Below you’ll find the list of essential dog grooming products that I recommend.

Dog Brushes

There are 2 recommended brushes to use when brushing a Bichon Frise

  1. A Pin Brush – this is used for light brushing and won’t damage your dog’s coat. I recommend: Andis – Premium Pin Brush
  2. A Slicker Brush – this brush is used to remove mats or tangles in your dog’s coat. I recommend: Pro Slicker Brush

Dog Tear Stain Removers

Bichon Frises are prone to excessive tearing due to the shape of their eyes. This results in the red-brown patchy spots under their eyes. If this isn’t regularly cleaned it can cause skin irritation.

With that in mind here are a couple of simple products to include in your grooming toolkit that relates to tear stain removal that I recommend:

  1. Dog Tear Stain Remover Combs
  2. Eye Envy Tear Stain Remover Kit

Also, if you’re interested to read about the homemade tear stain remover that I use, I recommend you check out this article: How To Make A Homemade Tear Stain Remover For Your Bichon Frise.

General Dog Grooming Products

Bichons can be prone to allergies so it’s always a good idea to make use of products for sensitive skin.

This is especially true with doggy shampoo when you’re bathing them. I recommend this dog shampoo: Natural Dog Shampoo

If you’re in a hurry or want to give your dog a quick spruce up then grooming wipes are a simple solution. Here are the grooming wipes that I recommend: Pogi’s Grooming Wipes.


3. Best Dog Food

What you feed your dog is highly important to their general health.

As well as this, it’s important to ensure you are feeding your dog enough depending on their age and their weight.

As your dog ages from a puppy, to an adult, to an older dog, their dietary requirements will change. This is all-important to consider throughout your dog’s life.

With all of this in mind, let’s look at some dog treats and the dog food that I feed my dog.

Dog Treats

Dog treats can be an essential training tool so it’s important to always have some in stock.

Treats can also be used to calm anxious dogs who may be suffering from general anxiety or separation anxiety.

With that said, here are the dog treats I recommend:

  1. FurroLandia Hemp Calming Treats for Dogs
  2. Wellness Soft WellBites

Dog Food

Since day one, we have fed our Bichon Scully, Hill’s Science Plan brand dog food and she loves it.

We started off on the puppy food which you can find here: Hill’s Science Plan Puppy Food.

Now that Scully’s fully grown, we have moved her onto the adult dog food which you can find here: Hill’s Science Adult Dog Food.

We usually buy large bags of food at a time to avoid frequent trips to the pet store, because we’re slightly lazy like that.

Here is a top tip that I recommend you try if you don’t already: We store a small amount of the dog food in an old biscuit tin or sweet tin so we don’t have to haul out the big bag each time we need to feed Scully.


4. Best Dog Toys

Dog toys are an invaluable way to provide your dog with exercise and mental stimulation.

As you may know, a Bichon Frise needs about 30 minutes of exercise per day.

With this in mind, there are tons of fun dog toys you can get to entertain your dog.

The main dog toy I recommend if you’re willing to spend a little bit more is the iFetch Interactive Ball launcher.

This super fun toy launches tennis balls across a room or garden after they have been deposited either by you or your dog.

To learn more about this, you can check out my review on this product to see if it’s something you might like to get: An Honest Review of the iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher.


5. Doggy Podcasts You Should Listen To

We live in an age where all kinds of media are immediately accessible on pretty much any topic. Dogs are no exception!

With that in mind, here is a list of doggy podcasts that you should subscribe to:

  1. No Bad Dogs Podcast
  2. Can I Pet Your Dog?
  3. The Dog’s Way Podcast: Dog Training for Real Life
  4. Positively Dog Training – The Official Victoria Stilwell Podcast
  5. Dog Tales

6. Doggy YouTube Channels You Should Watch

As well as podcasts, there are also tons of YouTube channels that focus on all things related to dogs.

Here are some of my favorite channels that I have subscribed to:

  1. Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution
  2. Simpawtico Dog Training
  3. It’s Me Or The Dog
  4. Bom the Bichon

7. Doggy Books You Should Read

Finally, to wrap things up, if you enjoy a good book to read, here are some of the dog books that are on my shelf:

  1. The Intelligence Of Dogs – Stanley Coren
  2. Training Your Puppy: The Essential Guide
  3. The Dog Encyclopedia
  4. The Happy Dog Cookbook
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