Because they are such social and affectionate dogs, Bichon Frizes tend to become overly attached to their owners and/or their environment. Sudden separations from their owners, such as when they go on vacation or when they move to a new home, can lead to the Bichon Frize developing separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety is a form of anxiety experienced by a dog or puppy, in this case a Bichon Frize, caused by separation from significant care and influence from their owner or family environment. In addition to being separated from their owners and changes in their environment, Bichon Frize separation anxiety can also be triggered by loud noises associated with separation, such as explosions, explosions, fireworks, or thunderstorms.
There are many ways that Bichon Frises manifest separation anxiety. One way is by constantly following you wherever you go. If he loses sight of you for even a few minutes, he becomes very restless, frantically pacing the house and whimpering. Some Bichons display aggressive behavior just to get your attention, such as growling, barking, or even biting. In its absence, the dog exhibits destructive behaviors such as chewing or gnawing on furniture and urinating or defecating in every part of the house, including its bed.
Crate training can help alleviate separation anxiety if done while your Bichon is still a puppy. In his absence, the crate or sleeping area for the dog becomes a place of sanctuary. Some dog owners even go so far as to place an old t-shirt or personal item that has their scent on it inside the crate to calm and relax their bichon.
After crate training, it encourages the development of independence in your Bichon puppy. This can be accomplished by teaching your pet to lie down and sleep on a dog mat or basket away from you and/or other family members. Give him toys to play with while you’re in another part of the house or away for a few hours. If you are worried about your pup taking the toy and playing with it in another part of the house, simply secure the toy to a fixed object like a post or wall. A common advice given by pet owners is that the toy should be given 10 to 20 minutes before leaving the house. Not only will this distract your bichon, but your pup will make a connection to his departure and a reward (ie the toy).
Never make departures or arrivals with such fanfare, as this will only compound the anxieties your dog is already experiencing.
Bichon Frize separation anxiety does not have to be due to frustration and resentment between owner and pet. Through proper training and patience, you can help your dog deal with his fears and anxieties.