Gorgeous, fun-loving and spunky. Redheads might actually have more fun in this case! Don’t worry, you’re not accidentally reading a dating profile. Instead, it’s the description of the dashing Irish Setter. These smart and stubborn dogs can be hard work, but the love they’ll give you makes it all worthwhile.
Irish Setter Puppy Training
Irish Setters are known for their intelligence, but they’re also mischievous and independent. Therefore, it’s important to start training them as soon as possible, before you end up with an energetic dog who won’t listen. These dogs often have a habit of selective hearing, so early training is a must. Although their reputation is ‘difficult to train,’ it’s just because they’re so smart. Because of their intelligence, they can suffer from boredom. If what you’re asking them to do doesn’t look like fun, they might ignore it initially. Have patience and reward good behavior with treats and praise. (1, 2, 3)
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Irish Setter Puppy Exercise
Irish Setter puppies require a lot of exercise. Without it, they’re likely to find their own amusement, and this is probably not going to be something you approve of. They can also develop separation anxiety or become destructive if left to their own devices. Therefore, it’s important to ensure they have at least an hour of exercise a day. Irish Setters love the water and enjoy swimming, but be careful when they’re still small. Puppy socialization classes are a great way to ensure your Irish Setter puppy gets the exercise they need at a young age, and you can gradually increase the amount of exercise as they grow up. (1, 2, 3)
Irish Setter Puppy Grooming
The beautiful mahogany coat of an Irish Setter puppy will require moderate grooming to ensure it stays as silky smooth as possible. It’s best to start grooming them young so it becomes part of their routine. They should be brushed at least twice a week to maintain their coat’s condition and keep it tangle-free.
Because they have hanging ears, Irish Setter puppies can be at risk for ear infections, so make sure to check your puppy’s ears once a week. Use a cotton ball to wipe them out with a cleanser recommended by your veterinarian. Again, start these checks early to ensure they just become part of your puppy’s standard care routine and not something they develop an aversion to. The same goes for brushing his teeth. This will help prevent gum disease and bad breath. (1, 2, 3)
Irish Setter Puppy Nutrition
As with most puppies, your Irish Setter puppy will need to eat a lot of food in order to grow big and strong. Up until he’s 6 months old or so your puppy could need to eat 2 to 4 times as much as an adult dog eats. However, it’s important to make sure he’s not eating too much. Make sure that he has an appropriate waistline where you can feel his ribs, but not see them.
Food formulated specifically for puppies is your best option. These contain all the extra nutrients to help your puppy grow healthily. Don’t forget that high-quality raw food is an excellent choice! (1, 2, 3)
Irish Setter puppies, though stubborn at times, will make for a lovable family pet. They get on with other dogs, and older children (smaller children need to take care around these rambunctious dogs) and make an all-around great companion. (1, 2, 3) For more information, check out our Ultimate Guide To Caring For My Irish Setter