The Best Way to Groom a Bichon

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The Best Way to Groom a Bichon
Bichons frises take a lot of work to keep well-groomed. (Apple Tree House/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A bichon frise is one of the most difficult dogs to groom because of the amount of curly hair and white fur that bichons are known for. Their fur can become easily matted, and, without daily grooming, matting can become a real problem, requiring the services of a professional groomer to correct. However, if you consistently bathe and brush your bichon, you can easily groom your dog yourself. All you need are a few products and a little bit of time.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Dog brush and comb
  • Dog shampoo
  • Scissors
  • Slicker brush
  • Dog toothbrush and toothpaste

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Brush your bichon thoroughly but carefully, removing all knots and matted hair. This works best if you have your bichon lie on its side. If you come across a mat, hold the mat at its base near the dog's skin. Begin working out the mat at the end of the hair, not at the base. This will allow you to slowly separate the mat without tugging at your bichon's skin.

  2. 2

    Comb your bichon carefully. This will remove even the smallest of knots.

  3. 3

    Bathe your bichon, thoroughly washing all areas of the coat with dog shampoo. Rinse out carefully, making certain all the shampoo is washed out.

  4. 4

    Brush your bichon with a slicker brush while its coat is drying. This will help prevents new knots and mats from forming. You can use a dryer to speed along the drying process and to make the coat fluffy; just make sure the dryer is set on a cooler setting.

  5. 5

    Trim any excess hair growing between the pads of your bichon's feet with the scissors. Be careful to not cut the pads of the foot.

  6. 6

    Brush your bichon's teeth with the dog toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for dogs. Pay special attention to the gum.

Tips and warnings

  • It is best to brush your bichon frise every day. Twice a day is even better to keep its coat mat-free.
  • If your bichon has very matted or knotted hair, have a professional groom your dog before you begin grooming your dog.

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