Irish Setters are one of the most popular breeds of dogs for families in the US. Irish Setters were originally bred for gun dogs, hunting with their owners and being able to collect the game, whether fowl or otherwise, without hearing their footsteps. They were expected to be of the utmost obedient to their owner and obeying every command during a hunt. They are very intelligent dogs, although they do portray a big of stubbornness at times. These are generally very passive dogs with beautiful coats and temperaments and made a nice addition to any family due to their adaptability. If you think an Irish Setter might be a good breed of dog for you, keep reading to learn seven special care tips for Irish Setter puppies.
When you bring your Irish Setter pup home, he will have had some of his vaccinations that the breeder is responsible for giving, but he will need further check-ups and vaccinations in order to keep him up-to-date on all of what he needs. Make sure you know which ones he will need, and at what point. You will want to find a reputable veterinarian to take your puppy to for his routine puppy checks and shots and be sure to follow the recommended schedule.
Your puppy will be very curious about his new home. He will want to roam and investigate, but because he more than likely, is not housebroken, he will have accidents anywhere he is able to freely go. It is a good idea to have a crate ready for him when gets home to help contain him while he is being housebroken, and trained on where he can and cannot go. Crates also help protect your personal belongings from being chewed up, since one of a puppy’s favorite things to do is chew.
3. Consistent training
While training your Irish Setter puppy, it is always recommended to be consistent with his training. The more you work with him and reiterate what he is supposed to do, the quicker he will learn. Sporadic training only confuses your puppy and he will easily forget in between sessions if you wait too long between training sessions. This will only frustrate you and your puppy.
4. Outdoor exercise
Irish Setters are large breeds of dogs and require adequate exercise in order to be healthy and happy. Starting at a very young age, it is important that you take your puppy outdoors multiple times a day to have playtime and exercise. A non-exercised dog means a bored dog, and this can create problems with destructiveness in the home. Playtime is also a good time to teach your puppy how to play gently. Don’t play rough with your puppy or use your hands as a means of chewing and playing. He associate the hand as being something he can bite or chew and may lead to other issues. Only use toys that are designed for dogs, when you have playtime.
5. Leash train
Large breeds of dogs can be a handful on a leash, so it is important that you start to train your puppy early on how to walk on a leash and good leash behavior skills. Never let your puppy jump up on you when he sees his leash and wants to go outside. Require him to sit patiently while you attach the leash to his collar and you lead him out the door. When your dog gets ahead of you and jumps through the front door ahead of you, he will begin to assume he is the pack leader, when in fact, you are. You should always be the one to be in control, not your puppy.
Irish Setters are known to be good and well behaved dogs. They typically have very good dispositions and behaviors. They are known to be good family dogs, primarily because they do, do well with children and generally, with other pets. That being said, they are hunting dogs and Irish Setters are known to view small animals as prey, so it is important that you socialize your puppy early to help him learn how to behave around other pets, especially small animals, and even children. Whatever types of situations you tend to have your dog be around, dog parks, vets, groomers, elderly people, anything you want him to learn good behaviors for, start him early-on getting used to these situations and environments so that he grows into a well-mannered adult dog.
Irish setters have long silky fur that will require grooming. It is recommended that you start the grooming process early so that he gets used to being handled during baths, brushings, wiping his eyes, trimming nails and more. You don’t want to have to deal with an unruly dog at the grooming salon because you waited until he was older to start his grooming process. The more you introduce him to for grooming tasks at an early age, the better he will accept getting groomed on a regular basis.
Irish Setters are typically easy-going dogs that love their owners and people. Even though they are large, they are also quite docile. The more time you spend with your puppy, teaching him and training him in how to behave, the more you will enjoy your new family pet, all through his life.