Once you have decided that an Irish setter is the dog for you, there are a number of important things you can do to make you and your dog a much happier combination. These tips have been developed over many years by many people who have happily raised one or more Irish setters. Because of the experience of these dog owners and because of the demonstrable success they have enjoyed, their ideas and information should certainly be taken seriously.
Exercise is everything
Of course it applies to the general health of your dog and particularly when it is young and muscles and bones are developing, but it is equally important from the health and safety point of view of your furniture, shoes and clothes. To put it bluntly, your average Irish setter is a ball of energy; they want to exercise, they want to play they want to use up their boundless energy.
If your Irish setter does not enjoy enough regular exercise, they could become distracted. Chewing clothes, furniture and items in your house and garden are not uncommon when the dog sadly needs more exercise.
Mental issues are as important as physical ones
It’s quite common for many types of dog to suffer from stress or anxiety particularly when they are left alone for long periods of time. You may have heard a dog barking or worse, howling because it is lonely and frustrated. You should be aware that the Irish setter in particular, is a breed which needs human contact. This breed of dog becomes a wonderful companion to its human owner or owners and gives abundant affection and love but needs same in return. The Irish setter does not like being left alone for any reasonable amount of time. If they are left alone for too long they can engage in distructive behavior and mournful barking.
Tough love is required
So often a dog owner gives up or at least is inconsistent when training their dog. This is a serious flaw for all breeds and particularly so for the Irish setter. Certainly they are capable and intelligent and become a beautifully behaved dog when their training is complete. But they are also stubborn. If you are not consistent and persistent in your training routines, you will have a dog which is not fully and properly trained. The Irish setter can develop a lifestyle of respect for you and for others but certainly needs dedicated and serious training.
A brush a day
The Irish setter is a long-haired dog. Their coat is beautiful to touch and look at but it is also capable of collecting leaves and twigs and forming knots. The Irish setter loves the water and unless their coat is properly cleaned, their health can be affected. The simple solution is to carry out a daily grooming process. A simple brush and comb followed by a small treat is a routine both you and your Irish setter can become used to. They do shed their fur and this may mean regular cleaning of the room or rooms where your dog lives. Every 2 to 3 months, it is an excellent idea to take your Irish setter to a professional groomer where cleaning and trimming can be performed by an expert.