Archive for September, 2010
Bichon Frise Puppy and Swimming Pool
You need to take extra care of Bichon Frise puppy if you have a swimming pool that the Bichon Frise puppy can fall into. Swimming pools can be very attractive to a curious Bichon Frise pup. He might not realize that he cannot “walk on water” or he may accidentally fall in while playing too closely around the pool. It is always a good idea to teach your Bichon Frise puppy how to get out of your pool in case he does fall in accidentally or he may drown. When it is time for your Bichon Frise puppy to have a bath (the pool chemicals are harmful to Bichon Frise’s coat and need to be shampooed out), go with him for a swim. Show him how to get out of the pool safely. This is also true for large ponds or any body of water in your yard. After his swimming lesson is over, give your Bichon Frise puppy a complete bath to get rid of all the chemicals from his coat and skin. It is a good idea to repeat the swimming pool lesson annually so your Bichon Frise remembers how to get out of the pool if he falls in.
Bichon Frise Puppy and fleas
Before you bring a Bichon Frise puppy home, it is a good to get rid of any fleas or ticks that are living on your property. It is always much easier to maintain a flea-free puppy, if the puppy doesn’t have fleas in the first place. A few weeks before you are scheduled to pick up your Bichon Frise puppy, have your home and yard sprayed for fleas and ticks. If you have other pets already, make sure all of them are flea-free. Outside cats especially attract fleas. If necessary have your other pets flea-dipped. Do NOT bring your new Bichon Frise puppy into an environment with fleas since some Bichons are very allergic to fleabites.
Westie, known as “West Highland White Terrier” loves organic dog treats with chicken, Peanut Butter, garlic or Cheese flavor. Westie dog treats should made from chicken, lambs or rice. Many things that owners look for, such as high protein levels and extra vitamins, are more likely to be harmful than helpful. Never feed your Westie dog food or dog treats that have wheat, corn, or beef. Many Westies are allergic to these food items. Give your Westie organic dog treats. Do not give them bones of any kind. The bone can splinter and lodge in their throat or puncture their stomach.
Dog training treats for Westie are usually something like cubes of beef that many dogs yearn for as a snack. Other dog treats are made from chicken, turkey and rice. Some companies are intent on producing dog treats that are free from preservatives and fresh on the shelves, so these are the brands you should look for.
For example, we use the following dog treats for Westie:
Newman’s Own Organics Dog Treats for Small Size Dogs: Westie loves chicken and peanut butter flavor of Newman’s own Organics Dog Treats. The dog treats are made with organic barley flour, organic carrots and organic apples, and contain no wheat, corn or soy products. The heart shape is a perfect as a training reward for your cute Westie. You can buy this organic dog treats at at Petsmart, PetCo, Publix, and Kroger.
lamb treats We usually recommend lamb treats for Westie. This will make your Westie healthier overall, and will make huge difference in preventing the skin problems often experienced by Westie.
Every Westie with a compromised immune system may need a particular diet adjusted to that dogs specific need. Considering that Westie’s skin allergies, we will introduce healthy dog treats for Westie and dog treats to avoid based on our experiences and the research by Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond.
Limiting the ingredients that Westie is likely not to have consumed is the key. Dog food must have a balanced diet to provide energy and have a suitable combination of the major nutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, and also have a sufficient amount of the minor nutrients – vitamins and minerals in proper proportions. The major nutrients that all dogs need include carbohydrates, which provide energy, and in excess are converted into body fat; fats which are the most concentrated form of energy; proteins which provide the body building elements in the Wesite diet.
The minor nutrients include the vitamins, minerals, which, although critical to the Westie’s health, are required in rather small amounts. The vitamins are usually divided into two groups; fat soluble (vitamins A, D, E and K) and water soluble, the B complex vitamins and vitamin C.
The healthy dog treats for Westie are as follows:
- Raw Baby Carrots
- Low Fat Cottage Cheese (1 Tablespoon – this is a great method for administering medication)
- Charlee Bear Dog Treats (only 3 calories per treat – can be found at Petco and Trader Joe’s)
- Cooked Squash
- Green Beans
- Apple Slices
- Innova Health Bars (we use the small bar size and break them in halves)
- Dried Chicken Strips
The treats to avoid for Westie are as follows:
- Fatty meats and trimmings which can cause diarrhea or pancreatitis
- Cabbage, broccoli or brussel sprouts which can promote intestinal gas
- Onions and garlic – poisonous
- Grapes and raisins – poisonous
- Pig ears
- Commercial Dog Treats
Natural dog treats that are high in protein and fat may be required for Westie who is extremely active, while Westie who is more sedentary should be fed treats that are lower in protein, fat and overall calories, because they burn less energy.
Natural Supplements for Westie:
There are natural supplements for Westie that can be found at Whole Foods and Petco. Though expensive at the local store, price comparisons can greatly be reduced by internet shopping.
Holistic dog food is that which provides an alternative meal for a Westie that not only curbs hunger but also addresses the overall health and well being of the animal. Holistic dog foods should contain all natural ingredients that are good enough quality to satisfy humans. They do not contain by products but do contain meat that is free from hormones, whole grain rice, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, fatty acids and Omega 3 amongst other important vitamins. Canned and commercial brands of dog foods that are popular amongst Westie owners often contain meal instead of meat. Meal often contains indigestible parts and these are added to wheat and corn to provide a filling meal that can make a dog sick and cause allergic reactions. These are cheaper options but nutrition wise, holistic dog food is by far the best option.
As the cheaper dog foods are passed through the system so quickly, Westie is left feeling hungry more than usual. Holistic dog foods often fill Westie for longer. The most popular brands on the market are never endorsed by veterinarians as they too know the benefits of holistic dog foods over conventional brands. Holistic dog food can seem surprisingly expensive but it is not actually that steep when the larger, better value bags are purchased. Future vets bills are often decreased as dogs fed on holistic food often have less illnesses and allergies.
Choose a dry food intended specifically for Westie puppies, avoiding generic foods and those that sell for unusually low prices. Many things that owners look for, such as high protein levels and extra vitamins, are more likely to be harmful than helpful. Never feed your Westie dog food or treats that have wheat, corn, or beef. Many Westies are allergic to these food items. Do not give Westie bones of any kind. The bone can splinter and lodge in their throat or puncture their stomach.
Dog toys are important to your Bichon Frise puppies‘ playtime, and should be kept away from his crate and out of the way of the household. Stay away from vinyl toys, as pieces tend to break off and could be swallowed. Also be careful with any dog toy that has a squeaker mechanism inside for the same reason. Rawhide bones are okay, just remember to purchase rawhide bones that is proportional to the size of your Bichon Frise puppy. Filled bones are also very popular, as well as nylon bones. If it has eyes, a nose, or strings of any kind, don’t even look at it. Any of those can break off and be swallowed. For more information about Bichon Frise, please go to Bichon Frise Club of America.
Bichon Frise might refuse to play with dog toys. I would start by just havg one dog toy that he can become attached too, very often dogs are overwhelmed with an abundance of dog toys and dog treats and is results in them not bothering with anything. Forget commercial dog treats. Use natural dog treats from his tray, such as organic dog biscuits. If you want to go with dog toys, Kong Dog Toys is a good choice for your Bichon Frise.
The dog toys made with Latex over the other vinyl and rubber toys are recommended for Bichon Frise. I think that if your Bichon Frise chews and swallows pieces of the Latex that this may be less harmful than the other materials. Also for pull toys, your Bichon Frise loves the Booda “rope” Tugs.
Bichon Frise Puppy
Walk your Bichon Frise puppy twice a day to create a bond and to reduce its natural high energy. Get the Bichon Frise puppy used to the dog leash before you walk it. Attach a short leash to the dog’s collar and let it drag it around behind it for a few minutes for a few days before first walking it. Supervision is essential when you do this–your Bichon Frise puppy may asphyxiate if the leash gets caught on something. If the Bichon Frise puppy tries to get away from the dog leash, squeak a toy to distract it. The puppy should become more comfortable with the leash. When walking the Bichon Frise puppy, keep it on your left side to teach it to heel. If it does not frighten the Bichon Frise puppy, jerk on its leash to indicate where you would like it to go. If the Bichon Frise is afraid, coax it into place instead and give it a treat when it does as you wish.
Bichon Frise Puppies are energetic but even-tempered, feisty but easy to train, bouncy but quiet. This little bichon frise puppies might be considered the total packages by many dog owners who enjoy lots of personality in small packages. The intelligence and charm of the Bichon Frise is undeniable, and perpetually appealing.