Anyone who has brought a new puppy into their home will know how important it is to train the dog sensibly, carefully and with much love. The Irish setter is said by some to be a little difficult as far as training goes. Whether or not this is true, there are several things which will make your Irish setter training sessions so much easier.
Have plenty of space
Most puppies love to romp and play but the Irish setter truly enjoys open space. A puppy of this breed is not recommended for someone living in a small apartment.
Get the feeding right
Just as you as a parent would not feed junk food to your baby or young children, so too must you provide your puppy with a high quality relevant food. You are being cruel to the dog and inviting health problems for which you will have to pay if you don’t use the right amount and the right type of puppy dog food. The recommendation is that you feed your dog three times a day but when it reaches six months of age, the feedings are reduced to only twice a day. With your adult dog, too smaller meals both in the morning and at night are better than one large daily meal.
House training is important
Follow the well tried and tested method of taking your puppy outside on a leash after a meal and about 15 to 20 minutes after they have been drinking water. When the puppy performs its ablutions outside correctly, be fulsome in your praise. If your Irish setter puppy is to be left alone, you should keep the dog in a suitable crate or in a room with washable floors.
Starting early is recommended. Don’t tire the puppy and regular consistent training sessions are better than one long weekly session. Repetition and more repetition is a proven method of training. Do not accept bad behavior. Do give your puppy treats when they do the right thing.
The right way to behave
The Irish setter is a naturally friendly dog. They want to express their affection for humans often by jumping up on somebody. As friendly as this may be it is good to train them not to do this as strangers can become frightened by what is a friendly but exuberant dog. The Irish setter needs plenty of exercise. Hopefully you have a yard where they can run about and hopefully you can take them regularly to a park or open area where they can get plenty of healthy exercise; the more the better.
The Irish setter has a magnificent coat which requires regular brushing. It is a coat which can easily pick up leaves and twigs so using a solid stiff brush and a metal comb on a regular basis is required. Taking the advice of your vet, make sure your Irish setter has the appropriate flea treatment.