Thank you for your question. The main reason you're probably still
having problems is Bichon's take a longer time to be housetrained.
Generally speaking, don't expect 'near perfect' results until at least
9 months of age.
Bichon Frise FAQ
Is it easy to train a Bichon?
"You must be consistent and patient while house training a Bichon.
They are very intelligent but Bichons are not always cooperative with
house training. House training can be difficult but not impossible.
House training works best if you confine the dog while you are not
watching them or else you will end up with numerous "accidents". Crate
training makes it much easier to house train the dog.
The main rule to follow is keep the dog confined to the room you are
in and give them access, on a regular basis, to the place where you want
them to go. Bichons can be paper trained or trained to go outside.
Establish a routine and follow it. Bichons can even be trained to go on cue
with patience and consistency. Each time they do it where you want it done,
praise them, which they love. Bichons are not as easy to house train as some
other breeds but it can be done."
Bichon Frise - HOw to Crate Train A Puppy
Bichon Frise: Get The Facts About This High-Maintenance Breed Before
You Buy!!! by Bill Dreker, Member The Bichon Frise Club of America,
"1) They are very difficult to housebreak / potty train. Bichons are a
slow maturing breed and, as such, take longer and are more difficult
to potty train than many other breeds. We have found that Bichon
puppies do not potty train well before the age of 9 months. And
sometimes they never are 100% housebroken. It takes patience, time and
a great deal of determination to potty train a Bichon puppy.
"Crate" training is an absolute for this breed. This does not mean,
though, than you justput your puppy in a crate and there is very
little work on your part! You are going tohave to take your Bichon
puppy out when he/she first wakes up, right after they eat and every
few hours in between; then, before you go to bed, you'll need to take
them out again. While the dog is still a puppy, you need to set your
alarm and get up once or twice during the night to take him out. Even
after all this, there are going to be "accidents".
If a dog having a "accident " in your home is going to bother you,
then the Bichon is not the breed for you. They have lots of accidents.
If someone is not home during the day, this is not the breed for you.
They really need to get out every two hours."
I answered a very similar question regarding housetraining. There are
many helpful tips and hints on how to go about training a puppy, do's
and don'ts for you the owner, information on Crate Training, and
It's a long post - but the information applies to all dogs - no matter
what breed! The page can be found at:
bichon frise housetraining
bichon frise housebreaking
how to housetrain a puppy
puppy pees in the house