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How Often Should You Exercise A Bichon Frise?


Knowing how much to exercise a Bichon Frise is key to ensuring that they get enough of it.

Dogs that don’t get enough exercise can often become bored and even destructive. This can mean that your new pair of shoes could be chewed to shreds! What’s more, inactive dogs can become overweight which can lead to a whole host of health problems.

A general rule of thumb is that a Bichon Frise needs about 30 minutes of exercise per day. This can be done with 1 walk around the block or broken up into 2 or 3 smaller play sessions.

Don’t worry though, this article will cover how often to exercise a Bichon Frise at each of its life stages as well as the benefits of exercise and some great exercise tips.

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How Much Exercise Does A Bichon Frise Puppy Need?

A Bichon Frise puppy is an adorable fluffball that is just bursting with energy and excitement.

With that said though, it’s important to understand that a puppy’s muscles, bones, and joints are all still developing. Considering this, we don’t want to strain them too much with lots of physical activity like walks.

What’s more, long walks aren’t a good idea for puppies as they may not have had all of their vaccinations yet. Before they receive all of these vaccinations from the vet, puppies shouldn’t really be outside as they can become susceptible to various illnesses.

Now that we know all of this, how can you exercise your Bichon Frise puppy?

The best way to exercise your Bichon Frise puppy is simply with free play activities each day. This can take place in the house or in a small garden area.

Free play activities can simply involve engaging with your puppy; from playing with their favorite toys to running around with them.

It’s also a good idea to begin basic obedience training with your puppy as soon as possible. This can provide your puppy with tons of the mental stimulation that they need each day.

As puppies get older then, you can start to take them on short walks outside.

The general rule of thumb for puppy exercise is 2 – 5 minutes for every month of age. That means that for example, a 5-month-old puppy needs about 10 – 25 minutes of exercise a day.

When you’re out walking with your puppy, be sure to keep an eye on them to ensure they aren’t getting too tired.

Over time as your puppy grows into an adult, you’ll be able to take them on longer walks and even trips to the beach and further afield as we’ll look at below.

How Much Exercise Does An Adult Bichon Frise Need?

Bichons need plenty of physical activity and mental stimulation each day to ensure they are at their happiest and healthiest.

It is generally recommended that adult Bichons get 30 minutes of exercise each day.

This exercise can be achieved in many ways. From a simple walk around the block to a trip to the beach to playing frisbee.

Due to the sociable nature of the Bichon Frise, without enough mental stimulation each day they can become bored and destructive. As well as this, it is widely known that Bichons can sometimes develop separation anxiety if left alone.

With that said, plenty of exercise is one of the key ways to mitigate the worst symptoms of separation anxiety in Bichons.

How Much Exercise Does An Older Bichon Frise Need?

As Bichons age and move on to the later stages of their life, they tend to become less active. Their energy levels begin to decrease and muscles and joints tend to wear down.

With that said, Bichons of all ages still need daily physical activity and mental stimulation for optimal health and happiness.

Exercise will ensure their muscles and joints stay healthy. For instance, a common health condition that the Bichon Frise can experience is Patellar Luxation. This occurs when the patella (knee joint) becomes displaced from its normal position. Regular exercise and a healthy diet will ensure your Bichon stays at an optimal weight which severely decreases the risk of developing this condition.

Obesity is also a risk for older dogs due to their more sedentary lifestyle. The health risks associated with obesity can include heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

With all of this in mind, just how can you exercise an older Bichon Frise?

In order to prevent joint and muscle damage in older dogs, it’s a good idea to shorten the lengths of walks. Keep them relatively short and at a slow enough pace for your dog to keep up.

Another excellent way to exercise older dogs is hydrotherapy. If this is feasible it is a superb option to consider as it will provide lots of exercise while remaining easy on your dog’s joints.

Yet another simple way to exercise your older dog is through mental stimulation with dog toys. Simple play in the house or the garden with various dog toys can often be enough to ensure your dog gets their exercise for the day.

You can find some further information on exercising an older dog here: How to Provide Your Senior Dog With Proper Exercise.

The Benefits of Exercising Your Bichon Frise

It’s all well and good to say that you need to exercise your Bichon every day, but learning about the benefits will certainly help to motivate you.

Let’s look at the top 4 benefits of exercising your Bichon Frise.

1 Helps To Manage Your Dog’s Weight

As we mentioned above, obesity is an unfortunate problem that can result in a number of health issues.

With that in mind, the best way to prevent obesity is through regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a boring job that you have to do. By making it fun for you and your dog, you’re both going to benefit from this exercise.

2 Keeps Them Healthy

As well as managing your dog’s weight, exercise will help to strengthen their circulatory & respiratory system.

What’s more, regular exercise will also help to keep joints flexible and muscles healthy.

Just like with humans, inactive muscles tend to shrink. With regular exercise, you are ensuring your dog makes use of their muscles and keeps them healthy.

3 Improves Their Sleep

Just like with humans, getting enough exercise each day will improve the quality of your dog’s sleep.

Dogs that don’t get enough exercise throughout the day can become restless and full of energy when it’s time for bed which isn’t ideal.

By ensuring your dog gets enough exercise and mental stimulation each day, they will be plenty tired come bedtime.

4 Provides Mental Stimulation

Exercise, in particular exercise outside, will also provide lots of mental stimulation for your dog. This mental stimulation is crucial to a happy dog.

Think about all of the sights and sounds and smells outside that your dog will be exposed to.

Not to mention the other dogs and other people your dog can interact with.

Being able to give their brain a workout as well as their body is extremely beneficial.

Tips For Exercising Your Bichon

Now that we’ve highlighted the benefits of exercising your dog, it’s time to focus on some tips to exercise them.

Let’s take a look at the best 5 tips for exercising your Bichon Frise.

1 Take A Trip To The Beach

A simple trip to the beach can give your dog a ton of mental stimulation and physical exercise without that much work.

Running on the sand and into the waves is an exciting and fun way to get exercise that most dogs just love to do.

What’s more, the salty sea air is a unique smell that your dog will find fascinating.

You’re also likely to run into other people and other dogs on your trip to the beach. This too will give your dog all of the exercise they need.

The only downside to this trip will be the sand that will inevitably be everywhere in your car and then in your house for the next few days. Be sure to give your car and your dog a good clean afterward to minimize this!

2 Send Your Dog To Doggy Day Care Once A Month

By regularly sending your dog to doggy day care, you’ll be ensuring they get enough exercise even if you have been at work all day.

Your dog will be tired out from a long day of fun and playing and they will be sure to want to go back again and again.

The benefits of doggy day care are definitely numerous and I have outlined some of them in this great article which you can read here: 7 Of The Best Reasons Doggy Day Care Is Beneficial For Your Bichon.

3 Playing Fetch Is A Great Way To Exercise Your Dog

My top tip has to be to teach your dog to play fetch. A game of fetch for 15 minutes will give your dog lots of exercise without tiring you out completely.

Teaching your dog to play fetch is pretty easy to do and is super rewarding.

What’s more, you literally only need a tennis ball or a frisbee to play fetch so it’s relatively inexpensive to do.

4 Playing With Other Dogs Is A Fun Way To Socialize

A super simple way to exercise your dog is by having them play with other dogs.

Running around with other dogs is in their nature and is something they just love to do.

Not only does this exercise your dog, but it also helps to improve their social skills which ensures a well-rounded dog.

5 Walking Around The Park Is A Staple Activity

A simple walk around the block can seem like a boring thing to do at the end of the day.

That’s why it’s a great idea to vary your walks to make them more fun for you and your dog.

For example, if you can only go to the local park or walking trail, vary the route each time by going in the opposite direction.

As well as this, try to explore the different walking trails or parks in your area to find a new favorite.


We were able to cover a lot of useful information in this article so let’s summarize before we end.

  • First, we looked at how much exercise a Bichon Frise puppy needs.
  • Next, we looked at the exercise needs of an older Bichon Frise.
  • After that, we talked about the benefits of exercising a Bichon Frise, of which there are many!
  • Finally, I showed you some simple tips for exercising a Bichon Frise indoors and outdoors.

So there we have it, I hope you found this information helpful and easy to follow. If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it on social media for others to find.

As always, if you have any questions about any of the detail covered in this article, please leave a comment below.

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