Originally Posted by sublime
Thank you so much for all of the information everyone. We are going to training class tomorrow at 11am and will be going every week for 10 weeks. Between the advice here, my own research and the training, hopefully we can nip this in the bud and make a good dog out of this pup.
I am so surprised at the temperament of this dog but we just did not have the extra $1000 to go to a high end breeder. I have heard it is very rare for this breed to bark, growl or bite.
The reasons for going to a "high end" breeder are many and you are finding that out now. Bichons are prone to severe allergies, eye problems and both hemophilia and Von Willebrand's disease. These are genetic issues that a "high end" breeder is usually very careful to test for and avoid. They also are very careful about breeding for temperament.
With the advice you have been given and with training classes, you should be able to get your puppy past the issues that you are currently having.
Good Luck and keep us posted.